Sunday, November 10, 2013

Week 10 picks: Bills at Steelers

Publisher Nick St. Denis, associate editor Dan Begnoche and senior contributor Sean Donovan pick the Buffalo Bills' AFC bout with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dan's take:
Buffalo rolls into Pittsburgh with its starting quarterback back at the helm and a renewed confidence in the passing game. Behind a rushing back tandem that had a huge day last week against a top-tier line, E.J. Manuel and the Bills' receivers should be able to execute some effective roll-outs and deep balls if Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller can take advantage of a porous run defense early. Turnovers will also be key, and expect Super Mario and the Bills' pass rush to be on Big Ben early and often. 
Prediction: Bills 24, Steelers 17

Sean's take:
The Steelers are a proud franchise, and last week's drubbing at the hands of the Patriots ensures this team will be focused and ready for the Bills. Unfortunately, a poor offensive line will prevent Ben Roethlisberger from having time to get the ball to his depleted arsenal of skill players. Buffalo's dominant defensive line and Manuel's return key a nice road win.
Prediction: Bills 21, Steelers 17

Nick's take:
Manuel has a little rust to shake off, and that rust will come at the offense's expense. The Bills will ease him into action with a heavy dose of Jackson and Spiller early, and he'll get his shots as the game goes on. However, Pittsburgh will make Manuel pay at some point with a key turnover. The Steelers bounce back with a win at home, as Roethlisberger takes a bunch of hits but hangs in for a big touchdown strike late.
Prediction: Steelers 20, Bills 14