Buffalo Bills (6-10) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) (2013)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 16, 2014, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -2.5-- Over/Under: 40
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills face off on Saturday at Heinz Field for a week two NFL preseason matchup.
It’s the second game of the 2014 NFL preseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers and they are still looking for their first offensive touchdown and their first win. The Steelers opened with a nice first drive against the Giants in week one but the net result was a field goal, one of three, and the only touchdown was scored by the defense. Ben Roethlisberger should see more action this week after throwing just two passing and completing one in week one, a 46 yarder to Dri Archer. Landry Jones saw the bulk of the action last week completing barely over 50 percent of his passes. The Steelers backfield appears crowded but no one stood out with Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount seeing just three carries each while Tauren Poole looked good carrying the ball five times. Aside from Archer’s play Antonio Brown had two catches as Justin Brown and David Paulson had two catches each as well. Dan Molls led the Steelers defense with nine tackles, Isiah Green and Jordan Dangerfield each had six tackles and Jarvis Jones recorded a sack. It was clear in week on that the Steelers still have plenty of work to do if they hope to return to competing in the post season.
The Buffalo Bills are playing their third preseason game of 2014 after losing in the Hall of Fame Game to the Giants and then holding on for the win against the Panthers in last week’s game. The Bills are a young team but they appear to be making the moves that have them headed in the right direction. E.J. Manuel has completed just over 50 percent of his passes this preseason without an interception or a touchdown as Jeff Tuel and Thad Lewis have gotten the majority of the snaps with Tuel looking improved and throwing for both of the Bills passing touchdowns this season. Bryce Brown has looked sharp averaging 5.8 yards per carry as all of the sudden along with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller the Bills backfield is looking crowded. Robert Woods leads the Buffalo receivers with eight catches but it is already clear the Bills stable of WR’s is solid with rookie Sammy Watkins and speedster Marquise Goodwin. Jimmy Gaines and Randall Johnson each have eight tackles to lead the Buffalo defense, Kyle Williams and Jarius Wynn are among those with sacks, and Da’Norris Searcy and Jonathan Meeks each have interceptions. The AFC East will be tough but Buffalo will be far from a pushover this year.
What we should be watching here is going to be the matchup of the Buffalo pass rush that already has four sacks against a Pittsburgh offensive line that has been porous. Both teams have positional battles in the backfield so we should see solid effort from talented players throughout this game.
The Bills are just the better team and the deeper team and the Steelers offense just looks ineffective.
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