Steelers vs. Bills: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Pittsburgh

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Steelers vs. Bills: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Pittsburgh
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The Steelers have closed this one out and will come away with their third win of the season after beating the Buffalo Bills 23-10.

Antonio Brown should get a game ball after his big receiving day and equally big returning day. Pittsburgh also managed three sacks and forced a Buffalo interception en route to victory.   

 

Final

Bills: 10

Steelers: 23

Pittsburgh Steelers Game Grades
Positional Unit 1st Half Grade Final Grade
Pass Offense C C+
Run Offense A- A-
Run Defense A A-
Pass Defense B+ A
Special Teams D C+
Coaching B B+

vs. Bills, Week 10

Final Analysis for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Pass Offense: Compared to last week, it was a very quiet day for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers passing attack. After a very slow start, Ben got in a better rhythm and zeroed in on Antonio Brown, who beat the Bills secondary for 104 yards on six catches.

Roethlisberger finished the day with a total of 204 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception. It was not a stellar day by any means, but he was good enough to lead the Steelers to their third victory of the year.  

Run Offense: This is how the Pittsburgh Steelers have to run the football every week if they want to win games. As a team, the Steelers gashed the Bills for 136 yards. That’s almost double their season average.

Le’Veon Bell was again the feature back, toting the rock 22 times for 57 yards and a score. Jonathan Dwyer finished with 38 yards while Felix Jones and Emmanuel Sanders also contributed. This was a huge day on the ground for the Steelers.

Run Defense: Buffalo came into this game as the seventh-ranked run offense in the NFL. But Pittsburgh held the Bills to just 95 yards on the ground in this one. Fred Jackson had 55 yards while C.J. Spiller carried just eight times. It was a much better performance than the one the Steelers put forth against the Pats last week.

Pass Defense: EJ Manuel’s first game back since his injury is one he’d certainly like to forget. The Pittsburgh secondary held Manuel to 155 yards through the air and intercepted a pass. The Steelers allowed only 227 total yards from the Bills today. Dick LeBeau and company got the train back on the tracks in this one.

Special Teams: Mat McBriar is certainly not the answer at punter and it was a questionable signing in general. But Antonio Brown had some huge returns in this one that set the Steelers up with great field position. Shaun Suisham continues to perform well. He was perfect on field goals again.   

Coaching: This outing was a much better showing by the Steelers coaching staff. Mike Tomlin got his team ready to play this game and they showed up with a sense of urgency. I’m still concerned about the offensive play-calling, but it did get better as the game went on.

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First-Half Analysis for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Pass Offense: It hasn’t been the best start for Ben Roethlisberger. He threw a terrible interception on the first drive and has been low on a lot of throws in the first half. But he settled down late in the second quarter and led the Steelers on a touchdown drive.

Run Offense: This is how the Steelers need to open every game in terms of their rushing attack. They have spread the ball around and each player has found success as a result. Le’Veon Bell has gotten the majority of the carries and is up to 42 yards in the first half. Emmanuel Sanders, Jonathan Dwyer and Felix Jones have also run the ball for the Steelers in the first half.

In total, Pittsburgh has rushed for 99 yards through two quarters. With a lead at the half, we should see more of their ground attack in the second half.  

Run Defense: Pittsburgh's run defense has made a complete turnaround from what we saw last week. The Steelers have held their own against the Bills' seventh-ranked rushing attack, holding Buffalo to just 39 yards on the ground. They’ll need to keep up this level of play in the second half.  

Pass Defense: The Steelers secondary hasn’t taken it easy on EJ Manuel in his return this week. Manuel connected on just six of his 13 pass attempts in the first half for a meager 43 yards.

Cortez Allen and William Gay each had a pair of senseless pass interference calls, but other than that, it was a great half of football by the Steelers pass defense.

Special Teams: Well, apparently signing Mat McBriar was not the answer to the Steelers' punting woes. McBriar has had a terrible day punting the ball and has given Buffalo great field position all afternoon. Suisham has been booming kickoffs, however.

Coaching: Offensively, the play-calling has been conservative to say the least. There’s a clear mission to get the rushing attack going, and it has worked. Defensively, this game plan is a lot better than the one we saw against New England.

There also looks to be a greater sense of urgency surrounding the Steelers so far. That’s something that was missing from this team for the last few weeks. The coaching staff has done a relatively good job today.  

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