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Bills overwhelm Steelers in first half, win 38-3 in dominant fashion | Game recap, highlights and stats 


The Buffalo Bills put on a clinic Sunday afternoon, trouncing the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-3 at Highmark Stadium.

It only took until the third play of the game for the Bills to take charge as —after a bobbled kickoff return by Taiwan Jones put Buffalo at its own 2-yard line — Josh Allen found Gabe Davis for a 98-yard touchdown, tied for the longest TD in Bills history.

The fireworks continued from there as Allen threw for 3 more TDs in the first half: another TD to Davis who fought to win a 50/50 ball, one to Stefon Diggs and one to Khalil Shakir at the end of the half.

The Bills defense came ready to play against rookie QB Kenny Pickett as they kept the Steelers out of the end zone, forced two turnovers and had 3 total sacks.

Buffalo improves to 4-1 this season and move into first place in the AFC East after the Dolphins also lost on Sunday.

Here's everything else you need to know from Buffalo's blowout win over the Steelers.

  • Josh Allen's 424 passing yards mark the most a Bill has ever passed for in regulation. Drew Bledsoe's team record 463 passing yards came in an overtime win at Minnesota (9/15/02).
  • The Bills are now the first NFL team to allow zero 3rd quarter points through 5 games since Minnesota in 2016.
  • Davis' 98-yard TD is the Bills' longest since Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with Terrel Owens on a 98-yard touchdown in 2009 at Jacksonville (11/22).
  • After his 98-yard TD pass, Josh Allen surpassed Peyton Manning (147) for the fourth-most total TDs in a player's first five NFL seasons.
Buffalo Bills vs Pittsburgh Steelers, Week 5, October 9, 2022 at Highmark Stadium.
  • LB Von Miller tallied his fourth sack of the season, tying Greg Rousseau for the team-high.
  • The Bills finished the first half with 400 yards of offense, becoming the first NFL team to reach 400 yards in the first half since Tampa Bay in 2020 (at Detroit, 12/26/20).
  • Since first half splits became available in 1991, the Bills had never reached 400 yards in a 1st half.
  • Rookie CB Kaiir Elam snagged his first career interception during the 1st half.
  • Allen is the first QB this season to surpass 300 passing yards in the 1st half of a game this year.
  • Allen's 15-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs in the 2nd quarter marked his 150th career total touchdown (116 passing, 33 rushing & 1 receiving). 
  • WR Isaiah Hodgins' first career NFL catch went for 26 yards
  • Rookie WR Khalil Shakir recorded in first NFL TD, a 24-yard score in the 2nd quarter.
  • Rookie RB James Cook ran for his first NFL TD, a 24-yard rush in the 4th quarter.

Scoring plays and highlights

14:09 1Q | BUF 7 PIT 0 | Josh Allen pass deep middle to Gabe Davis for 98 yards, TOUCHDOWN

5:42 1Q | BUF 7 PIT 3 | Chris Boswell 29 yard field goal is GOOD

2:45 1Q | BUF 10 PIT 3 | Tyler Bass 35 yard field goal is GOOD

9:39 1Q | BUF 17 PIT 3 | Josh Allen pass deep middle to Gabe Davis for 62 yards, TOUCHDOWN

7:42 2Q | BUF 24 PIT 3 | Josh Allen pass short left to Stefon Diggs for 15 yards, TOUCHDOWN

1:09 2Q | BUF 31 PIT 3 | Josh Allen pass deep left to Khalil Shakir for 24 yards, TOUCHDOWN

14:11 4Q | BUF 38 PIT 3 | James Cook up the middle for 24 yards, TOUCHDOWN

UP NEXT: The Bills travel to Kansas City in Week 6. Game time is set for 4:25 p.m. on CBS


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