After 30 minutes of play here are the most noteworthy developments in Buffalo’s performance against the Steelers.
Run ‘D’ stout again
Buffalo’s run defense was facing a power run game for the first time this preseason and they responded just as effectively as they did in their previous two preseason outings. The first team defense held the Steelers to just 11 yards on seven carries not counting Landry Jones kneel down at the end of the half. The 1.6 yards per carry average was even better than the 1.72 yards per carry average the first team defense came into the game with from their first two preseason contests.
For the second straight week the Bills had little trouble moving the football. Four of the first five possessions by the offense went nine plays or more with a pair of 11-play drives.
Buffalo’s third possession of the game was a mix of positive of negative plays. After moving the ball to midfield Pittsburgh’s defense turned up the pressure flushing EJ Manuel from the pocket on consecutive plays. He threw the ball away from outside the tackle box on the first pressure, but was flagged for intentional grounding on the second. Facing a 3rd-and-27 however, Manuel threw a strike to
Big play victims
When it came to Pittsburgh’s ground game they weren’t very successful in the first half, but when Ben Roethlisberger went to the air Buffalo fell victim to some big plays. The Steelers veteran QB converted three of four third down plays one of which went for a 16-yard touchdown. The other big play surrendered was a 76-yard catch and run for a score by Antonio Dixon.