The Steelers are closing in on a playoff berth that seemed so unlikely after a start of 0-3 and 1-4, but Devlin Hodges will face his toughest defense to date in a game that will pay dividends should they win.
Can Duck keep it going? JuJu Smith-Schuster won’t but will James Conner play? Will the ridiculous 20-game streak of the Steelers committing a turnover continue? With these questions, story lines, and more, I’ve compiled a list of predictions (some basic, and some utterly idiotic) to look for in this pivotal contest.
Last week, I came close, but ultimately whiffed on most of my predictions after getting many the week before. Let’s see if I can rebound this week.
- Kerrith Whyte leads all Steeler rushers with 62 yards on the ground.
- Deon Cain gets his first TD as a Steeler.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster helps Cain celebrate his first Steelers TD by commemorating the 228th anniversary of the ratification of the US Bill of Rights by acting out amendments 1-10 of the Constitution. No. 19 is penalized for an excessive boring celebration.
- The Steelers’ defense shuts down Josh Allen and the Bills offense for the most part, but Allen leads the Bills to two scores on the day.
- An ignored Zach Banner no longer feels that way as No. 72 catches a Duck Hodges pass for a first down. The crowd erupts with glee.
- With the Jets having already played in Baltimore on TNF, Le’Veon Bell takes a holiday in “the Burg”. There he celebrates the 70th birthday of legendary actor Don Johnson with his hip-hop medley of (a song made more famous on Miami Vice) “In The Air Tonight” and Johnson’s 1986 hit “Heartbeat”. The only people to really notice are confused patron’s of Pittsburgh eatery, The Colombian Spot where the performance takes place.
- Joe Haden records his fifth interception and ties Minkah Fitzpatrick for the team lead.
- T.J. Watt gets back on the sack track with a strip, but Bud Dupree out sacks his counterpart with two takedowns of Josh Allen to join Watt in double digits.
- Duck Hodges throws for 200 yards with one touchdown and a pick. No. 6 also continues to make plays with his legs by rushing for 30 yards and a score.
- The Steelers and the Bills will struggle putting up too many points, but a Chris Boswell kick ices it for the Steelers 20-17.
Will any of this actually happen? I’ll bet at least one or two. Heck, maybe every one of them. Be sure to post your predictions — basic or bizarre — below.