UPDATE: The Bills versus Steelers game has been postponed until Monday at 4:30 PM due to inclement weather in Buffalo on Sunday. What follows is the original write up previous to the postponement.
The Buffalo Bills are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now after closing the regular season on a five-game winning streak to steal the AFC East title and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Buffalo will face the No. 7 Steelers, which clinched a playoff spot with a win and some help in Week 18, in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday at Highmark Stadium.
Nasty weather is expected in Orchard Park, New York this weekend. A forecast calling for high winds and snow has sent the point total (over/under) for this game plummeting to 36.5. That's why you should target the rushing attack when putting in your anytime touchdown scorer bets for this matchup. Here are three options.
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Steelers vs. Bills TD Bets
- Josh Allen anytime TD
- Ty Johnson anytime TD
- Najee Harris anytime TD
Josh Allen anytime TD
At -110, Allen is the favorite to find the end zone after finishing tied for second in the NFL in rushing touchdowns (15) during the regular season. When the stakes are high, Allen tends to rely on his legs more. Over the final six games, with Buffalo's season on the line, Allen ran 58 times (9.6 attempts per game). In the first 11 games, Allen only ran a total of 53 times (4.8 attempts per game).
Allen had a streak of five consecutive games with a rushing score snapped in Week 18 against the Dolphins. However, he still logged a season-high 15 carries with a division title and playoff seeding on the line. The stakes are never higher than in the postseason. Take Allen to run for a touchdown.
Ty Johnson anytime TD
If you're into long shots, consider Ty Johnson scoring his first touchdown since Nov. 27, 2022, when he was a member of the New York Jets.
Johnson ran 30 times for 132 yards this season for the Bills and didn't find the end zone. In a matchup with conditions that are hard to throw in, he could get more opportunities with the rock.
Game script could come in to play, too. The Bills are 10-point favorites right now against Pittsburgh. If Buffalo pulls away on Sunday, the Bills could give late-game work to some of its reserves and Johnson could see more playing time, putting value on this 8-to-1 pick.
Najee Harris anytime TD
Mason Rudolph is getting much-deserved credit for turning around the Steelers' offense over the final three games of the regular season, but Harris has turned his season around. The third-year back averaged 4.2 yards per carry over the final seven games of the regular season, turning in 100-yard efforts in the final two contests when Pittsburgh was fighting to stay in the playoff picture.
Again, weather conditions will hamper both passing attacks in this game, so the logical choice for Pittsburgh is the running back who is coming off his best two games of the season and has scored in three consecutive games.
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