Not much went as expected for the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's 23-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team's offense was inept from top to bottom, the special teams units had several breakdowns, and even the usually solid run defense had a horrible first half en route to a big loss. The one area of the team that held up its end of the bargain was the pass rush.
Coming into the game, the Steelers had given up 31 sacks of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the second-highest total in the NFL. As expected, the Bills spent most of the day rushing four players in an attempt to keep Roethlisberger in the pocket, with mixed success; without much in the way of exotic rush looks, the Bills still managed to take Big Ben down four times.
Jerry Hughes, acquired in a trade with Indianapolis in May, recorded two of those sacks. He recorded a forced fumble for a second straight week (it's worth noting that the Bills haven't recovered either of them), and has now set a personal best with six sacks this season. He ranks second on the team in that category, one sack ahead of the team's defensive tackle tandem of Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus.
Speaking of Williams and Dareus: they each sacked Roethlisberger once on Sunday, as well. Both players now have five sacks this season; that's one off of tying a career high for the veteran Williams, and a half-sack behind the 5.5 that Dareus recorded in each of his first two seasons. Hughes is the breakout player for the Bills' pass rush this season, but Williams and Dareus are having career years, as well.
The 3-7 Bills have a lot of problems right now, but getting to the quarterback isn't one of them.