After 55 points and 610 total yards last week in New England, the defense needed to respond with a better performance, and the response was going to need to start with stopping the run. Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller had combined for 980 yards rushing through Buffalo’s first nine games, and the Steelers defense had allowed Oakland and the Patriots each to rush for 197 yards in the previous two weeks.
But at Heinz Field, Jackson and Spiller combined for only 78 yards on 20 carries, and what the Steelers defense was able to accomplish began with some solid play along the line of scrimmage.
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