Kenny Pickett says Steelers don't see themselves as underdogs for Sunday's game vs. Bills

It wasn’t Joe Namath, however Kenny Pickett sounded a little like Broadway Joe when inquired about the Steelers’ chances getting in Sunday’s video game versus the Bills, which likewise will be Pickett’s very first NFL start. 

You might have heard that the Steelers are 14-point underdogs for the Week 5 video game in Buffalo, making it the very first time Pittsburgh has actually been this huge of an underdog because dealing with the Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX, method back in January 1996. 

“You guys, everyone else thinks we’re underdogs,” Pickett stated on Wednesday. “We don’t, so we’re gonna go in there with some confidence. We know how great we can be when we’re detailed and we execute at a high level. That’s something that we need to take care of during the week or we won’t have a shot. 

“It’s the information. It’s the little things. Guys performing at the ideal depth. I’ve got to be on time, provide a fantastic ball, (and) they’ll make the plays. The line will safeguard; they have actually been doing an amazing task all year. So I have a lots of self-confidence in those men. So it’s actually everybody doing their (task) and we’ll be okay.” 

Namath’s Jets were 18-point underdogs when they dealt with the apparently never-ceasing Colts in Super Bowl III. The AFL’s Jets stunned the NFL champ Colts by requiring 5 turnovers, running the ball at will and getting an extremely effective video game from Namath, who was called MVP after leading the Jets to a 16-7 upset for the ages. 

The Steelers will need to have a comparable efficiency if they are going to beat the Bills, who presently boast the league’s second-ranked scoring defense and fifth-ranked scoring offense. Pittsburgh’s defense, led by Cam Heyward and Minkah Fitzpatrick, will need to discover a method to include Josh Allen, who owns a 2-1 profession record versus the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s offending line, in addition to cleaning running lanes for Najee Harris, will need to hold its own versus Buffalo’s powerful pass rush, led by Von Miller and Gregory Rousseau. 

Pittsburgh will likewise require a strong efficiency from Pickett, who ran for 2 goals while finishing almost 77% of his passes in last Sunday’s loss to the Jets. Pickett changed Mitchell Trubisky — who invested last season as Allen’s backup in Buffalo — previous to the start of the 2nd half. 

“Absolutely,” Pickett stated when asked if Trubisky’s experience in Buffalo can assist prepare him for Sunday’s video game. “To a degree. I think when guys try to get too cute with it, looking for signals and certain things, I can kind of get outside the frame of what I need to do with my job. So I’m gonna take some small things here and there, but at the end of the day, trust what I see, trust my reads, and go out there and play fast.” 

While absolutely nothing can actually compare to what he’ll deal with in Buffalo, Pickett stated his daily preparation, beginning in the preseason, has actually assisted reduce his shift to starter. How the Steelers practice has actually likewise made Pickett’s in-game experiences easier. 

“I’ve felt like some of the harder looks I’ve had have been in practice,” Pickett stated. “Because of that, the game kind of slows down for me when I’m in there.” 

Pickett takes pleasure in the backward and forward throughout practice in between himself and coach Mike Tomlin, a previous protective organizer who in 2002 won a Super Bowl ring as the Buccaneers secondary coach. Pickett stated that Tomlin’s interaction with him didn’t alter on Wednesday in spite of his modification on the depth chart.

“He doesn’t change,” Pickett stated of Tomlin. “That’s the good news about him. He’s very honest, he’s very upfront about everything, and that’s how I like to be. So the relationship with everyone on the team is really good because there’s no hiding, there’s no hidden agendas. I’d say he’s very upfront with everything. So it’s been awesome.” 

Pickett was admired by colleagues and Tomlin for bringing a stimulate to the Steelers offense throughout the 2nd half of last Sunday’s video game. That trigger resulted in a more efficient offense, as the Steelers scored 2 goals in less than 10 minutes after scoring simply 4 goals in the season’s previous 14 quarters. 

“I want to raise the level of everyone around me,” Pickett stated. “We have so many great players. I’ve got to do my job. I have 100% trust and confidence of every single guy in the huddle will do their job. … Everyone’s just got to own their business, own their job, and we’ll be alright.” 

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