That’s because Pittsburgh put superstar edge rusher TJ Watt on IR this week, meaning he has to miss a minimum of four games. That means Watt can’t return until week six at the earliest.
Watt is dealing with a torn pec muscle.
The #Steelers have officially placed star TJ Watt on Injured Reserve, and he's likely out for the next 6 weeks or so while he rehabs his torn pec muscle. They have signed LB David Anenih from the #Titans practice squad.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 15, 2022
The Bills were going to be favored in this game even if Watt played — especially since the game is in Buffalo.
But the Steelers aren’t a team that should be taken lightly, as they showed in week one by knocking off the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals.
Pittsburgh’s stout defensive front made Joe Burrow’s life a living hell for much of the afternoon. The Steelers forced Burrow to turn the ball over five times, which is uncharacteristic of the former LSU star.
Facing a Pittsburgh defensive front without Watt will be a much easier task for the Bills. This was already a game they should win, but the absence of Watt makes this a must-win game for Buffalo. They can’t let that one slip away.
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