NFL Sunday Night Football Schedule 2019: How to Watch Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, TV Channel, Live Stream

The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday Night Football in a game with potentially huge implications for the AFC.

Both teams are currently in possession of the two wild-card spots in the conference, with the Bills trailing the New England Patriots in the AFC East with a 9-4 record, while the 8-5 Steelers are second in the AFC North behind the Baltimore Ravens.

Buffalo hasn't beaten the Steelers in six games but could clinch a playoff spot with a win at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh remains locked into a race for the second wildcard spot with the 8-5 Titans but could surpass the Bills with a win on Sunday night.

FiveThirtyEight's statistical projections give the Bills a 95 percent chance of making the playoffs, while the Titans and the Steelers have a 64 percent and 62 percent chance respectively.

Sunday's matchup is made even more pivotal by the fact the remaining schedule for both teams is almost identical. Pittsburgh faces the Jets in New Jersey in Week 16, before taking on the Ravens, who currently hold the top spot in the NFC, in Baltimore a week later.

The Bills, meanwhile, face the Patriots, the current No. 2 seed in the AFC, in New England next week, before hosting the Jets in Week 17.

With a first trip to the playoffs since 2017 and a first double-digit win season in two decades within touching distance, Bills coach Sean McDermott insisted his team will take the remainder of the regular season "one week at a time" and that approach will not change on Sunday.

"Respect the opponent, respect our preparation and respect our process," he said in his press conference on Tuesday, as per the Bills official website.

"The challenge that's in front of our football team this week, a well-coached team with veteran players that have been together a long time. [...] That's really where our focus is and I know our players will get themselves ready to go, but it really starts with our preparation and how we go about our week together."

The remaining schedule isn't the only similarity between the two teams, who have both relied heavily on their defenses this season.

Buffalo ranks 22nd in the NFL in total offense and eighth in total defense, allowing just 195 passing yards per game.

Despite the loss, on Sunday the Bills held the Ravens' high-octane offense to a meager 225 yards.

The Steelers have been even better defensively, bringing back memories of the famous Steel Curtain of the 1970s as they rank third in total defense.

On the other side of the ball, however, sailing hasn't been as smooth for Mike Tomlin's outfit, which ranks 30th in total offense.

After losing veteran starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the season with an elbow injury in Week 2, the Steelers turned to back-up Mason Rudolph and then to undrafted signal-caller Devlin Hodges when Rudolph missed two games with concussion.

The latter returned to the lineup but was benched in favor of Hodges halfway through Week 12.

The 23-year-old has started the last two games, throwing a touchdown pass in each and completing 84.2 percent of his passes in the win over the Cardinals in Week 14.

Hodges could get some much-needed help on Sunday, with star wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster reportedly ready to return from a knee injury that has kept him out for the last three weeks.

Running back James Conner, who has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury, should also be back, but Tomlin remained non-committal when asked about their chances of playing on Sunday.

"I don't know what their anticipated practice participation is tomorrow as I stand here right now," Tomlin was quoted as saying by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Sunday.

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Running back Kerrith Whyte #40 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes the football against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on December 8 in Glendale, Arizona. The Steelers defeated the Cardinals 23-17. Christian Petersen/Getty

When and where is the game?

The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, December 15.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally by NBC.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via NBC's digital platforms, the NBC Sports website and fuboTV.

Form

The two teams arrive into Week 15 in contrasting moods. Pittsburgh made it seven victories in the last eight with a 23-17 road win over the Cardinals in Arizona, which improved its record to 8-5.

Buffalo, meanwhile, slipped to 9-4 after losing 24-17 at home to Baltimore last week.

Series record

The Steelers lead the all-time series 14-8 and have won the last six games against the Bills.

Buffalo's last visit to Pittsburgh ended in a 23-10 defeat in November 2013.

Odds

According to BetOnline, the Steelers are a 1.5-point favorite and are 22/25 to cover the spread, while the Bills are 11/10 underdogs.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 36.5.