NFL Preseason Betting Preview
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills (Toronto)
Thursday, 7:30 pm EasternSBG Global Opening Line: Steelers - PK , Total 33
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills meet in preseason action on Thursday in Toronto. The Steelers won their preseason opener last week against Philadelphia 16-10 while the Bills lost to the Washington Redskins by a score of 17-14. The NFL will have a total of eight games in Toronto over the next five years. Five of those games will be regular season contests with the other three being preseason games. SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Steelers on the Road.
The Pittsburgh first string offense looked good last week as they took the opening drive against the Eagles and scored as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found WR Santonio Holmes for a 19-yard score. The Steelers didn’t do much on offense the rest of the way as Jeff Reed hit three field goals to complete their scoring. The Steelers lost backup quarterback Charlie Batch to a collarbone injury in the game and they recently signed Byron Leftwich to replace him.
The Bills were only able to put one touchdown on the board against Washington last week as James Hardy pulled in a pass from J.P. Losman followed by a two point conversion. Rian Lindell hit two field goals and that was the scoring for the Bills last week in their 17-14 loss to Washington. Quarterback Trent Edwards and the first string offense did not really click. “A little shaky,” said Edwards, “We had a couple of missed formations, a couple of forced passes, a couple of inaccurate throws, but that’s going to happen in a preseason game. That’s why we’re playing these games. We want to work these kinks out.”
SBG Global Current Line: Steelers - 1.5 , Total 33.5
Here is a look at some NFL betting information for Thursday’s game. The two teams have met a total of 22 times in their history with Pittsburgh winning 13 times. They met last September in the regular season and the Steelers won 26-3. The teams have been six times in the preseason with the Steelers winning five of the six games. This is their first preseason meeting since the Steelers won 20-0 in 2001. The Steelers are now 105-94-1 all-time in the preseason. This marks the Steelers third trip to Canada to play a preseason game but their first in Toronto. They won both previous visits.
Pick Bills 2units