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3 keys to a Bills victory vs. the Steelers in the Wild-Card round

The Buffalo Bills kickoff their playoff journey against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Highmark Stadium in the NFL’s Wild-Card round.

Buffalo (11-6) and Pittsburgh (10-7) did not faceoff against each other during the regular season. However, the two foes are no strangers and some things in particular must be done in order for the home team to take the win.

Here are are three keys to the Bills beating the Steelers in the upcoming Wild Card:

Stop the ground game

(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
(Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

The Steelers have other options out of the backfield and could come at the Bills in a variety of ways. But with the way the forecast is trending in Buffalo ahead of kickoff, the Bills should focus on stopping Najee Harris.

Harris is a bruising running back but it’s not always as easy as it seems to stop a player. The Bills must play with sound fundamentals and tackling on defense.

Step up again

(Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)
(Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

The injury report is doing the Bills no favors ahead of welcoming the Steelers to Orchard Park. They’ll need players to step up, but good news: Several did exactly that against the Dolphins last week.

With Rasul Douglas (knee) likely out, Christian Benford needs to be a top cornerback. He’ll face plenty of Pittsburgh’s George Pickens.

On offense, Gabe Davis (knee) is out. A combo of receiver Khalil Shakir and tight end Dalton Kincaid filled in well in Miami. Do it again.

Use Josh's legs

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Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The ground game and weather was mentioned above with the Steelers. Regarding the Bills, it will be a factor for their offense too.

But Buffalo has to utilize the weapon few teams have rushing the ball: Josh Allen. The big QB has to make it happen and give his team this massive edge. He’s always willing to do so.

Story originally appeared on Bills Wire