Buffalo Bills (0-1) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)Final Score: BUF 24, PIT 21
Bills/Steelers: What to Watch For
Q4 0:00 - Whew! A last-second Hail Mary by Dixon barely falls incomplete, and the Bills hang on for a 24-21 victory. Excellent game thread tonight folks; if you weren't here, you missed out. Much more on this game bright and early tomorrow morning, but some VERY encouraging signs.
Q4 4:31 - Well that was some hideous defense. Steelers third-string QB Dennis Dixon runs a bootleg on fourth and one and takes it 46 yards to the house. This isn't college, Bills third-teamers. Bills 24, Steelers 21.
Q3 1:38 - Directly after the Steelers' score, rookie CB Leodis McKelvin takes the ensuing kickoff... and promptly returns it 95 yards for a touchdown. The kid's got wheels. Bills 24, Steelers 14.
Q3 1:51 - A fumbled punt... well, more a misplayed punt... by Steve Johnson leads to a Steelers touchdown from rookie RB Rashard Mendenhall. Bills 17, Steelers 14.
Q3 9:33 - Buffalo takes the opening kickoff of the second half, and some nice work on the ground - mostly behind Dwayne Wright - gets the Bills into field goal position. Lindell drills it right down the middle; Bills extend their lead to 10, 17-7.
Q2 6:26 - Buffalo's second-unit defense takes the field, and not surprisingly, Pittsburgh's first-team offense torched them. Ashton Youboty and George Wilson get torched on a deep touchdown pass from Big Ben to Santonio Holmes. Bills 14, Steelers 7.
Q2 9:43 - Robert Royal again?! Buffalo's D gets a stop, and Buffalo's offense takes the ball 90 yards for - you guessed it - another Trent Edwards to Robert Royal touchdown pass. You can bet a large sum of money that the starting offense is done for the night after building a 14-0 lead. Great night for Trent Edwards!
Q1 5:03 - Donte Whitner intercepts a tipped Ben Roethlisberger pass on the Steelers' opening drive, and Buffalo's offense actually made them pay! Edwards and the first team drive down the field, and it's capped by an Edwards-to-Robert Royal six yard score. Bills take the early lead, 7-0.
Welcome, fellow Rumblers, to another Open Game Thread for Buffalo Bills pre-season football. Tonight, the Bills hit the field for the second time this pre-season as they play "host" to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game marks the first of an eight-game series to take place over the next five years in Toronto for the Bills; tonight marks the Bills' debut at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, home of baseball's Toronto Blue Jays and the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.
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