If this came as a regular season matchup where both teams would play with all of their starters, this would be one of the biggest duels of that week hands down. Maybe even the biggest as the Falcons are reigning NFC champions while the Pittsburgh Steelers have played against the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. These two teams have Super Bowl goals in the coming year, and they will be preparing to make it to the biggest match of the year.
Pittsburgh is dealing with the Le’Veon Bell situation as he is holding out because of the contract negotiations. He wants his money before the season begins and doesn’t want to play in the Preseason, hoping that Steelers will find a way to work out a deal with him. Steelers owner Rooney thinks that Bell will be available for the Week 1 of the regular season, which is the most important thing at the end of the day.
For the Falcons, they haven’t really used a lot of their starters in Week 1 of the Preseason, but they are probably going to take the field this week. They were facing a similar situation like the Pittsburgh Steelers are now facing with Bell, as Freeman wanted his money before the year began. The Falcons didn’t waste any time, and they made him the highest paid running back in the league. It is probably only a matter of time before the Steelers do the same thing and it should come sooner rather than later.
As far as this match goes, we are going to pick the Falcons to get the job done in a very tight game in Pittsburgh. The final score is going to be 20:18 in favor of the visitors from Georgia.