BOTTOM 5 PASSING MATCHUPS WEEK 14
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Buffalo vs Pittsburgh
Josh Allen is having a spectacular season leading Buffalo’s passing offense to rank as one of the top passing units in football with 276.4 passing yards per game (3rd-most). Allen has completed 75% and 80% of his passes in the past two weeks and is on pace to best his 2019 completion rate by over 10 points as he has drastically improved as a passer. Allen has, however, shown some signs of weakness when facing talented passing defenses--such as the Patriots, Chiefs, and Chargers. Those three opponents yielded his three worst games this season, and this matchup with the Steelers will represent the toughest defense and pass-rush Allen has faced to date. At wide receiver, Allen’s favorite target remains Stefon Diggs--who ranks second in the league in targets per game with 10.2. Cole Beasley, however, has now seen double-digit targets in two of his last three games and exploded for 130 yards and a score last week--the second time in three weeks he has finished with 100+ yards and a touchdown. Gabriel Davis also remains involved as he has scored in two straight games.
The Steelers may have suffered their first loss of the season last week, but they remain one of the league’s top defenses that will undoubtedly cause headaches for the Bills passing game this week. An incredibly strong pass rush with a league-leading 44 sacks is the highlight of this defense. T.J. Watt is making a strong case for defensive MVP as he leads the league in sacks (12) and has racked five sacks in his last four games. Watt alone is enough to worry about, but the rest of this defensive line has also played exceptionally well, even without Bud Dupree in the lineup. Buffalo’s middling offensive line will undoubtedly struggle against this excellent Pittsburgh front seven. Looking to the secondary, the Steelers also have no shortage of talent with Joe Haden and Steven Nelson typically locking down opposing outside receivers. The status of both could be in question this week, however, as Nelson is struggling to return from a knee injury that sidelined him last week while Haden exited last week’s game with a possible concussion. Practice reports through the weekend will be huge for this situation, but even if they both sit, the Steelers have some strong depth at defensive back and an All-Pro safety in Minkah Fitzpatrick to help out in coverage.