Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Jets Prediction, Preview, and Odds

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According to NFL.com, Pittsburgh will control its own destiny down the stretch of the regular season. It seems Bell, who sat out all of last season with the Steelers while holding out for a new contract instead of playing on the franchise tag, hasn't remained tight with Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, who says he no longer has a relationship with his former player.

Of course, Bell chose to not play at all a year ago rather than play for Tomlin under the franchise tag, but with him playing against his team for the first time since then, the question was bound to come up. "He's a New York Jet".

"The protection and safeguarding of the football is first and foremost", said Tomlin in reference to the Steelers' 17-10 loss to the Bills. While there aren't many hard feelings between Bell and the Steelers, some of his former teammates have been chomping at the bit for a reunion, per Sports Illustrated.

Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on in the game against the Buffalo Bills at Heinz Field on December 15, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"Duck will start at quarterback this week", continued Tomlin.

Hodges completed 23-of-38 passes for 202 yards against the Bills; he had one touchdown, but also four interceptions, which is two more than he'd had in his first five appearances this season combined (three starts). Hodges gets the nod over rookie third-round pick Mason Rudolph, who was 5-3 as a starter before losing the job in Week 12 versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Bell missed the Jets' Dec. 8 win over the Dolphins because of the flu; despite being ruled out due to the illness, he went bowling for several hours the night before.

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