The last time the Buffalo Bills met the Pittsburgh Steelers, wide receiver Stevie Johnson dropped a game-winning touchdown in overtime. Tonight, the game matters much less as the Bills and Steelers prepare for the 2012 season in Week 3 of the exhibition slate.
In that game, the 2-8 Bills pushed the 8-2 Steelers to the breaking point when a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Johnson in the hands, in the end zone, and bounced harmlessly to the ground. Ben Roethlisberger ended up leading his team to a 19-16 win in that game. It's an intriguing read to go through the game thread from that day. Buffalo is 8-12 against Pittsburgh in regular season match-ups.
But enough about the past. This week, the Bills have been preparing like it's a regular season game. Most of the starters will play into the third quarter, and a basic game plan has been put in place. The first teamers need to show they are ready for the season opener.
According to SB Nation's Steelers site, Behind the Steel Curtain, the big news on the injury front for Pittsburgh is at running back, where Isaac Redman will start after not playing in Week 2. Offensive tackle Max Starks will play for the first time since an ACL tear in January. Rashard Mendenhall was activated off of the PUP list this week, but likely won't see the field against Buffalo. Linebacker James Harrison won't play, as he is still on the PUP list. Linebackers Jason Worilds and Stevenson Sylvester, running back Jason Ford, and nose tackle Casey Hampton won't play, either.
Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Preseason Week 3
Game time: 7 PM Eastern
Location: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
Television: WKBW Channel 7, Buffalo; WHAM Channel 13, Rochester; WTVH Channel 5, Syracuse; WBNG Channel 12, Binghamton
Radio: Buffalo Bills Radio Network, WGR 550 AM in Buffalo. WGR550.com streaming over the web