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Bills vs. Steelers, NFL Week 10: second half open thread

Buffalo's offense has sputtered with EJ Manuel under center, and the defense is now struggling to stop the run and the pass. Still, they trail by just one score at halftime.

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Behind a piddling 82 yards of offense, the Buffalo Bills trail the Pittsburgh Steelers 10-3 at Heinz Field.

The Bills' field goal, which opened up the scoring on the day, was set up by a Jairus Byrd interception on Ben Roethlisberger that the free safety then returned 57 yards deep into Steelers territory. Buffalo moved the ball down inside the Steelers' five-yard line, but EJ Manuel badly overthrew Stevie Johnson on a third down fade route, and the Bills settled for a short Dan Carpenter field goal.

From there, Buffalo's offense mostly disappeared - they have gained just 82 yards so far today - while Pittsburgh's offense took over. They've gained 224 yards of offense, with a lot of the damage coming on the ground (99 yards, with four players registering at least 10 yards). Late in the first half, Roethlisberger found Jerricho Cotchery on a short fade route to break a tie and give the Steelers their 10-3 lead at the break.

Throughout the first half, Buffalo's offense struggled on first down, then couldn't make up yardage on subsequent downs. Manuel looks incredibly rusty on a very windy day in Pittsburgh, and after four first quarter carries, C.J. Spiller has not touched the ball since. Without a complete 180 from the offense, it's hard to envision the Bills leaving Pittsburgh with a much-needed win.

Still, they're only down one score, and the Bills get the ball first to start the second half. Go Bills!