The Pittsburgh Steelers secured a spot in the postseason with a 17-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, propelling them into a Wild Card showdown with the Buffalo Bills in New York State. The odds are stacked against the Steelers, who enter the game as 10-point underdogs, the least favored team in the 2024 NFL Wild Card Round.
Pittsburgh’s regular season record of 10-7 is deceiving, with their victories attributed to fortunate circumstances such as playing the Cincinnati Bengals after Joe Burrow’s injury. The Steelers also defeated the Ravens in the final round of the regular season, although the outcome was inconsequential as the Ravens were already guaranteed the No. 1 seed.
In contrast, the Buffalo Bills completed the regular season with an 11-6 record, winning the AFC East and ending the season on a five-game winning streak. Their losses were by narrow margins, with their largest margin of defeat at six points against the Bengals when Burrow was healthy.
The Bills’ wins over formidable opponents like the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys have instilled confidence in their fans, who believe this could be the year for a Super Bowl run. Buffalo aims to dispatch the Steelers in their pursuit of postseason success, having won three of their last four meetings with Pittsburgh.
Based on their regular season performance, the odds heavily favor the Bills with an average of 26.5 points per game compared to the Steelers’ 17.9 points per game. The prediction leans toward the Bills to cover the 10-point spread, anticipating a strong offensive showing from Buffalo. The Steelers are expected to struggle to match their regular season scoring average, while the Bills are projected to exceed their typical home scoring output of 29.5 points.
The highly anticipated playoff matchup between the Steelers and the Bills is scheduled for Sunday, January 14, 2024, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The game will be broadcast on CBS at 1:00 p.m. ET. Despite the odds, the Steelers are aiming to defy expectations and pull off an improbable upset over the Bills.