Tonight’s “Sunday Night Football” game is a big one for the NFL playoff picture. In a game scheduled to kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC, the 8-5 Steelers will host the 9-4 Bills. Pittsburgh and Buffalo entered Week 15 as the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds, respectively, in the AFC playoffs.
Steelers vs. Bills a couple weeks ago was flexed into the “Sunday Night Football” slot due to the game’s playoff implications; it bumped Chargers vs. Vikings to a different time window. Buffalo simply needs a win in Pittsburgh to clinch a playoff berth, but the Bills have lost their last six games against the Steelers, and Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin has never lost (4-0) to Buffalo.
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To pull of the mild upset as one-point road underdogs, the Bills will need another impressive performance from Josh Allen. The quarterback has posted a passer rating of 90 or better in three of his last four games, and he has 4 TDs, no INTs and a 119.6 passer rating in his last two starts on the road.
Allen’s QB counterpart Sunday night is part of the reason the Steelers have remained in the playoff picture despite their injury-related issues at the position this season. Devlin Hodges earned his third win in his third career start last week, and with a win against Buffalo, Hodges would tie Virgil Carter (four wins in 1968) and Phil Simms (four in 1979) for the third-longest streak of wins by a rookie QB to begin a career in the Super Bowl era (1966-present). Additionally, with a win, Hodges would become the first undrafted rookie quarterback to win each of his first four starts in the common draft era (1967-present).
Below is all the info you need to watch Steelers vs. Bills on Sunday night, including the TV channels and kickoff time for the Week 15 game.
Who plays on Sunday Night Football tonight?
Matchup: Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers
Kickoff time: 8:20 p.m. ET
In our Week 15 NFL picks against the spread and straight-up predictions, Sporting News is split on Sunday night’s Steelers-Bills game. Below are the explanations for each pick.
Pick against the spread: Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense were stymied for the most part last week. That’s bad news against the Steelers, who just did a similar number on Kyler Murray. Allen will get sacked a ton and stay in his slump, while the Steelers will ease the burden on Devlin Hodges with more success in the running game. Pittsburgh will become the better AFC wild-card team and keep building on their incredible second-half turnaround. Pick: Steelers win 20-17 and cover the spread.
Straight-up prediction: Mike Tomlin is getting coach of the year buzz for good reason considering how he has kept the Steelers on track for an improbable playoff push. Deserving of similar buzz is Sean McDermott, who has the Bills on the verge of 10 wins and legitimately pushing the Patriots in the AFC East standings. These teams are where they are in Week 15 thanks to their defenses, and statistically speaking, Buffalo’s unit has been slightly better. The QB issues will catch up to Pittsburgh, and Josh Allen will put on another impressive showing in front of a national TV audience. That Buffalo has the better rushing offense will help, too. Pick: Bills 23, Steelers 20.
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What channel is Sunday Night Football on?
TV channel (national): NBC
TV channel (Pittsburgh): WPXI
TV channel (Buffalo): WGRZ
Live stream: fuboTV
As is the case for all “Sunday Night Football” games on NBC this season, Al Michaels will call the Steelers vs. Bills play-by-play action, and Cris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines, and NFL rules analyst Terry McAulay will explain penalties and other officiating rulings throughout the game.
For those who can’t watch Steelers vs. Bills on TV and wish to find the game on the radio, the Buffalo call can be heard on Sirius channel 81 and XM channel 225, and the Pittsburgh call can be heard on Sirius channel 83 and XM channel 226.
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Sunday Night Football TV schedule 2019
All “Sunday Night Football” games start at 8:20 p.m. ET.
|Week 1||Sept. 5 (Thur.)||Packers at Bears|
|Sept. 8||Steelers at Patriots|
|Week 2||Sept. 15||Eagles at Falcons|
|Week 3||Sept. 22||Rams at Browns|
|Week 4||Sept. 29||Cowboys at Saints|
|Week 5||Oct. 6||Colts at Chiefs|
|Week 6||Oct. 13||Steelers at Chargers|
|Week 7||Oct. 20||Eagles at Cowboys|
|Week 8||Oct. 27||Packers at Chiefs|
|Week 9||Nov. 3||Patriots at Ravens|
|Week 10||Nov. 10||Vikings at Cowboys|
|Week 11||Nov. 17||Bears at Rams|
|Week 12||Nov. 24||Packers at 49ers|
|Week 13||Dec. 1||Patriots at Texans|
|Week 14||Dec. 8||Seahawks at Rams|
|Week 15||Dec. 15||Bills at Steelers|
|Week 16||Dec. 22||Chiefs at Bears|
|Week 17||Dec. 29||TBD|
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