OPINION: Howard Picks the Bills: Week 5

Does Howard Simon's pick change at all following Buffalo's comeback victory over the Ravens?
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) - Week 4 for the Buffalo Bills was a tale of two halves in Baltimore. The first half was forgettable with the offense unable to move the ball, and the defense struggling find a way to stop Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense.

Just before halftime, the Buffalo offense managed to find the end zone, and the course of the game changed from there.

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Trailing 20-3 with seconds remaining in the second quarter, Bills quarterback Josh Allen managed to find wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie for a touchdown to cut Buffalo's deficit on the road to 10 points. Following that drive, the offense continued to keep the throttle down, later tying the game with an Allen rushing touchdown in the third quarter.

Defensively, Buffalo's unit finally adjusted to limit the playmaking ability of Jackson, not allowing him to break loose or come up with a prime chance down the field. This also included a pair of fourth quarter interceptions from safety Jordan Poyer, including one on a 4th-and-goal to give the Bills a chance to end the game with a touch over four minutes remaining.

Then it was up to the Bills offense to kill the clock, while also putting kicker Tyler Bass in position to kick a game-winning field goal. Allen helped push the offense as far as the Ravens' one-yard line, before Bass converted a 21-yard field goal as time expired for the victory.

With the 23-20 win over the Ravens, Buffalo improves to 3-1 on the 2022 season and are, again, tied for the lead in the AFC East with the Miami Dolphins, who lost in Week 4 to the Cincinnati Bengals on "Thursday Night Football".

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Up next for the Bills will be a matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, as they return to Orchard Park for another contest at the friendly confines of Highmark Stadium. It will be the third-straight year the Bills and Steelers will square off in Orchard Park, with both teams splitting the first two games.

While the Bills continue to deal with the injury bug that's challenging the depth of the roster at a few positions, especially wide receiver, the Steelers will enter Sunday's contest with a new leader under center.

The team formally announced on Tuesday that 2022 first-round pick Kenny Pickett will make his first career start against Buffalo, as he takes over for former Bills backup quarterback last season, Mitchell Trubisky.

Although the Bills will be preparing to face a quarterback that's completely new to the NFL, that challenge does not waver Howard Simon's opinion of Sunday's contest.

After picking the Bills to go 17-0 in Week 3 before a loss to the Dolphins, Howard dropped his Week 4 picks significantly, back to 13-4 with the Bills still contending for the AFC East. However, he did incorrectly pick the Bills losing to the Ravens this past Sunday, perhaps giving him more optimism for the weeks to come.

However, even though he is picking the Bills to beat the Steelers this week, Howard still feels Buffalo will finish the season with a 13-4 record. That still puts the Bills in a great spot to finish as a top team in the AFC, while also contending for the division. (Even though he picks a baffling Week 11 loss to a Jacoby Brissett-led Cleveland Browns in Orchard Park...)

Be sure to follow along on Twitter for the latest picks from Howard by using the hashtag #HowardPicksTheBills. You can also track all of Howard's picks throughout the season with Brayton Wilson's picks tracker on Twitter: @BraytonJWilson.

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