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3 causes for concern as the Bills face the Steelers in Wild Card

The Buffalo Bills are looking to stay in the win column as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers for their first postseason game this year.

Buffalo (11-6) has entered the latter half of their 2023 season and each and every game will be important. However, Pittsburgh (11-5) will be no pushover despite seeding in the AFC.

Every NFL team has a strong roster. As they say, the players on the other sideline are getting paid too.

But in terms of facing the Steelers this week, there are a few particular things that could be a problem for Buffalo.

Here are three causes for concern as the Bills face the Steelers:

Mason is 3-0

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Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills are red hot coming into the playoffs. To win the AFC East title again, Buffalo had to win five-straight games.

The Steelers are just as hot and will be confident because of it. Perhaps even the most-confident team the Bills have faced in their past month. Pittsburgh has won three games in a row and quarterback Mason Rudolph has started in them all. He’s playing in Orchard Park, too.

From the same region

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(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

The weather is going to be very-Buffalo like on Sunday. Advantage Bills?

Not exactly. It’s the Steelers. Pittsburgh is geographically the closest team to western New York. It’s not the Miami Dolphins…

The Steelers will know what it’s like to play in that weather, too.

The Bills defense is beaten up

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Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Safety Taylor Rapp (calf) is out. Cornerback Rasul Douglas (knee) and linebacker Tyrel Dodson (shoulder) are questionable.

Even if they do play, they’re banged up. It’s never a good feeling going into a game with a beaten up team, even if Buffalo has handled such problems very well this season.

Story originally appeared on Bills Wire