Steelers’ record: 2-1
One year ago: 2-1
Preseason series record: Steelers lead, 7-2
This is what Coach Mike Tomlin said he was looking for from his team during this third preseason game, the closest thing there is to a full dress rehearsal for the opening of the regular season: “Can they execute the minute details of a legitimate game plan, a legitimate week’s worth of preparation. Can they execute with the detail that represents that. During the first two preseason games, we’re focused on getting better, and getting better for us is Steelers vs. Steelers. In this football game we concentrated on a week of development of a plan centered around what Buffalo does, and the tape better represent that. That’s what we’re looking for from the guys.”
The Steelers looked to have little life throughout a first period in which their offense had no points and only one third-down conversion, and it was a takeaway that changed the momentum.
STAT THAT STANDS OUT
The Steelers offense came into the game having converted only 1-for-6 in the red zone. In the first half, the first unit was 2-for-2 in the red zone, with the touchdowns coming on a 2-yard run by Isaac Redman and a 6-yard pass from
WHAT WENT RIGHT
* On a second-and-10 early in the second quarter,
* On the Bills’ next possession, with just less than 11 minutes left in the first half, Lawrence Timmons stripped the ball from RB C.J. Spiller, and Ziggy Hood recovered at the Buffalo 18-yard line.
* The Steelers offense capitalized on the takeaway with a tying touchdown that came on a run by Isaac Redman on a third-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Powering over the left side, Redman ran through tackles by DT Marcel Darius and ILB Kelvin Sheppard to squeeze into the end zone.
* Two plays after making that 33-yard catch, Dwyer caught another pass, and even though it gained only 7 yards this time, Dwyer showed good situational awareness by breaking a tackle to get out of bounds and preserve the Steelers’ final timeout of the half.
* Call it Troy being Troy. On the second play of the second half, Polamalu undercut a route down the left sideline and intercepted Vince Young’s first pass of the game, which was intended for FB Dorin Dickerson. That gave the Steelers the ball at the Buffalo 39-yard line.
* There aren’t many in the league who throw a prettier pass than
* That fourth touchdown came on a slip screen to WR
WHAT WENT WRONG
* It certainly was not the kind of start the Steelers had hoped to get from their offense. Antonio Brown dropped a pass on first down, a completed pass to
* Catch the ball. The Bills’ first third-down situation of the game provided the Steelers defense with exactly what the unit looks for in those situations. Lawrence Timmons shot though a gap in the Bills’ protection, and his hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick caused a flutterball that
* All things considered, the Steelers’ second offensive possession was worse than the first. Roethlisberger and
* The Bills were looking at a third-and-17 from their own 7-yard line late in the third quarter, when Vince Young dumped the ball to RB Tashard Choice, who took advantage of a missed tackle by
Following the game, Coach Mike Tomlin characterized the knee injury sustained by David DeCastro as “potentially serious.” He will have an MRI for a more conclusive diagnosis.