If last week’s loss wasn't quite the nail in the coffin, this week’s was the one for the Buffalo Bills where the final nail was driven in. All that's left now is for the box to go underground.
While the Bills may not be mathematically eliminated from the playoff race, they would need some nearly-impossible scenarios to come to fruition in order to end their league-long 16 year playoff drought.
Tyrod Taylor was abysmal, as was the rest of the Buffalo offense, failing to sustain a drive longer than six plays until the Steelers went to prevent defense. Until a fourth quarter drive where the Bills trailed 24-7, Taylor was 8-16 for 76 yards with a TD and an INT. He finished with 228 yards passing, two touchdowns, and the interception. The team’s longest play until garbage-time was a nine-yard Mike Gillislee run at the end of the first half, which led to nothing more than better statistics for Gillislee. He actually led the Bills in rushing on his two carries to end the second half, totaling 34 yards. LeSean McCoy was bottled up all day, gaining 27 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown with 1:25 left. He did add 81 yards receiving on six catches.
The run defense was next-to-absent, which led to Le’Veon Bell having a historic day. He outgained the Bills all by himself, totaling 298 yards from scrimmage, of which came on rushes. His performance established a new record for futility against the run in Buffalo history, breaking the record for rushing yards against the Bills set by Ricky Williams in 2002 with Miami. The Bills did manage to hold Antonio Brown in check for most of the day, and also picked off Ben Roethlisberger three times.
Buffalo will host Cleveland next week in a battle of moribund franchises with nothing left to play for but pride.