The Pittsburgh Steelers stormed out to a 14-0 lead in the snow driven game in Buffalo this afternoon. They were led by a record setting day by Le’Veon Bell as he would rush 38 times for 236 yards and 2 TD’s. Thank goodness he had such a great day because his quarterback did his level best to ruin the day for the Steelers as he threw two interceptions in redzone, and one other for good measure. He finished with just 16 completions and 200 yards passing. The Steelers could have crushed this Buffalo team today if their future Hall Of Fame QB could have dialed it back a bit. The final score in Buffalo, 27-20.
Big Ben not only threw 3 picks, but also went back to his old tricks and threw deep on 3rd and short situations. Just poor decision making all day long in a driving snow storm could have plagued this team. In the end, it didn’t because they were playing this lousy Buffalo defense.
It would be nice to blame the weather today on the poor performance, but if you do the research, all the road woes the Steelers have had in recent years can be tied to his poor play. The local fans and even the National Media love to hammer Mike Tomlin for his road woes but the fact is, Ben has every bit as much to do with those woes as the coach.
Ben raved about his running back, but he was quick to lay compliments on his line. Ben was asked a lot of questions after the game but did not talk much about his own poor play. He talked about what a great day the running game had and gave credit to the Bills defense with regards to his interceptions. Here is the clip below.
Le’Veon Bell showed why he is one of the best running backs in the league racking up nearly 240 rushing yards and 300 total yards. That is a perfect recipe for a snowy day in Buffalo.
On the other side, Rex Ryan continues to watch his defense give up record rushing yards week after week as Bell was the second back this season that went over 200 against them. Rex’s brother will probably be a replacement at the end of the season as his defense continues to fall short.
As for Mike Tomlin called the win a good “Team win”. The best news came out of his mouth right before the questions came and that was that the Team got out of town with minimal injuries. When you play in weather like that, you could say that is a win in its self.
Another big story in today’s game had to be the the impressive play of the Steelers surging defense led by Ryan Shazier. He was explosive and kept the Bills running game, which is one of the better in the league, in check. He did not do it by himself as he was getting contributions from the Davis and Dupree. Bud Dupree finished with 2 sacks, two of the Steelers 5 today. Sean Davis had 1 of his own and Artie Burns had an interception. This defense today played fast and did not let Buffalo’s offense get moving till it was way too late.
With the win, the Steelers moved into first place in the division waiting for the Ravens to play the Patriots on Monday night without Gronk and Edelman. If Tom Brady is able to beat the Ravens, it will put Pittsburgh in the drivers seat… at least for the time being.