The 7-5 Pittsburgh Steelers are taking their show on the road for the first of back-to-back road games as they travel to play the 6-6 Buffalo Bills in Week 14. Buffalo is clinging to their playoff lives, and the Steelers certainly have a sense of urgency to continue winning and keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North race.
However, the Steelers have been inconsistent on the road this season, but they have won their last two road games against the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. Combine that with their 1-3 road record prior to those past two victories, and you don’t know what you will get when the Steelers leave the friendly confines of Heinz Field.
There are times when fans look at the betting line to get a feel for how close this game could be, and in this case Las Vegas sees this game being tight. According to BookMaker, the early line on this game has the Steelers as 1-point road favorites in this game.
The usual point spread given to the home team can vary from 2.5 to 3-points, so the Steelers being 1-point favorite in this contest might seem a bit more revealing with them being the visiting team.
Nonetheless, the Bills are 3-2 this year at home, and coming off a loss to the Oakland Raiders on the west coast in Week 13. Plain and simple, a win over the Steelers would keep their very slim playoff hopes alive, and with the Bills playing with a do-or-die mentality, the Steelers must match the intensity or they could see their own winning streak snapped.
Either way, the Steelers have another tough test ahead, but Vegas likes them in this matchup. Although their job is to set a line to move money, if you like the Steelers only giving a point, you might want to head to the window before the line changes.