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The Buffalo Bills are making a strong push to be considered a top team in the AFC. In fact, this group might be the best team in the conference outside of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Buffalo is now 10-3 after an impressive 26-15 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) on Sunday Night Football. It was the team’s third consecutive victory, which also means they have won six of the last seven games.
The Bills brought a balanced approach to this game with impressive performances on both sides of the football. The Josh Allen-Stefon Diggs connection remains strong. The two connected on 10 attempts for 130 yards and this 19-yard touchdown:
That man @stefondiggs!! ☝️
— Sunday Night Football (@SNFonNBC) December 14, 2020
The run game didn’t provide much (27 carries for 104 yards), but the defense played a major role in the outcome. Ben Roethlisberger tossed two interceptions, one of which cornerback Taron Johnson returned for a score.
Really, it was the defense that took control of the game early.
We know what the Bills are capable of offensively with Allen’s breakout and the addition of Diggs. There are still limitations, but this is a group that is good enough to contend. The Steelers, despite losses, are still a top-3 defense in the league.
In other words, the offensive yardage produced on Sunday night wasn’t easy to come by.
The defense played well, but there are still improvements that need to be made. It’s nice to see guys like Johnson and Levi Wallace step up, though.
Should this team be considered Super Bowl favorites? No. Should this team even be considered the favorite to win the AFC championship? Absolutely not — that still belongs to the Kansas City Chiefs.
But the Bills are certainly one of the best 4-5 teams in the NFL right now.
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