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NFL Betting Preview: Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
August 19, 2023
The Buffalo Bills enter this game with a record of 1-0 in the preseason following a 23-19 win on Saturday in week 1 of the NFL Preseason at home against the Indianapolis Colts.
Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers enter this game with a record of 1-0 in the NFL preseason following Friday’s 27-17 win on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday in week 1 of the preseason.
BookMaker has the Pittsburgh Steelers listed as 2.5-point favorites at home against the Buffalo Bills and has set the total for the over/under plays at 41.5 points. Which team will improve to 2-0 in the preseason with a win in this matchup on Saturday? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.
Buffalo Bills Team Preview
The Buffalo Bills are 1-0 in the NFL preseason following a 23-19 win at home against the Indianapolis Colts. The Bills are 1-0 ATS overall and 1-0 ATS as an underdog in the preseason this year.
Offensively, Buffalo is averaging 23 points per game in the preseason. The Bills are averaging 348 total yards, 294 passing yards, and 82 rushing yards in the NFL preseason. Matt Barkley leads the team in passing in the preseason completing 14 of 15 attempts for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Jordan Mims leads the team in rushing in the preseason with seven carries for 23 yards. Andy Isabella leads the team in receiving with three receptions for 42 yards.
Defensively, the Bills are allowing an average of 19 points per game in the NFL preseason. Buffalo is allowing an average of 289 total yards, 211 passing yards, and 96 rushing yards in the preseason.
Pittsburgh Steelers Team Preview
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 1-0 in the NFL preseason following a 27-17 win on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 1 of the preseason. The Steelers are 1-0 ATS overall and 1-0 ATS as a favorite this season.
Offensively, the Steelers are averaging 27 points per game in the preseason. Pittsburgh is averaging 306 total yards, 248 passing yards, and 92 rushing yards in the NFL preseason. Mason Rudolph leads the team in passing completing 7 of 12 attempts for 132 yards and a touchdown while adding 15 rushing yards. Calvin Austin III leads the team in rushing with two carries for 23 yards while also leading the team in receiving with two receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing an average of 17 points per game in the NFL preseason. The Steelers are allowing an average of 322 total yards, 273 passing yards, and 66 rushing yards in the preseason.
Series Trends and Game Pick
Pittsburgh has won seven of the last ten games in the series and has won by an average score of 19.5 to 17.3 while going 6-4 ATS in those matchups. The Bills have won two of the last three games in the series and have won by an average score of 26.67 to 13.67 while going 2-1 ATS in those contests.
The under has hit in eight of the last ten games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 36.8 points per game in those contests. The under has hit in the last three games in the series with the teams combining for an average of 40.33 points per game in those matchups.
Both defenses allowed under 20 points in their first preseason game with Pittsburgh allowing 17 points and Buffalo allowing 19 points. The under has been the trend in the series, hitting in eight of the last ten including the previous four matchups in a row. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the under 42 points for this matchup on BookMaker.
Spooky Express Pick: Under 42 Points
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