In what has been a very preseasony game, the Buffalo Bills lead the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-19 at halftime.
The Bills forced a three and out on Pittsburgh's first series, but from there the first quarter was a roller coaster of big plays, shoddy defense, and overzealous officiating. The Bills contributed a 41 yard Fred Jackson run and a 67 yard touchdown hookup from Manuel to Charles Clay, but the Steelers largely came out on top in the big play battle. Martavis Bryant absolutely shredded Buffalo's secondary, hauling in 3 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, drawing 50 yards of pass interference from Ronald Darby and a frustrated unsportsmanlike conduct from Aaron Williams.
For those of you keeping score in the quarterback race, here were the passing stats from the first half:
- EJ Manuel: 2-for-2, 83 yards, 1 TD
- Matt Cassel: 6-for-7, 38 yards; 1 rush, 6 yards
- Tyrod Taylor: 7-for-8, 78 yards
The Bills have also suffered a few injuries so far. Stephon Gilmore is the headliner, leaving the game on on a possible concussion (negative) but also being diagnosed with a shoulder injury. Marquise Goodwin suffered a rib injury in the second quarter, leaving the game.
How are you feeling about the team so far, Bills fans?