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One Stat Recap: Buffalo Bills’ offense struggles against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh’s best unit beat Buffalo’s best unit

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills versus the Pittsburgh Steelers was a match up of two of 2020’s best units—the Bills’ offense and the Steelers’ defense. Unlike 2020, the Steelers’ elite unit was superior on Sunday and led their team to victory.

Cameron Heyward, T.J. Watt, and Melvin Ingram had their way with the Bills’ offensive line all game long and it resulted in one of Josh Allen’s worst games from a yards per pass attempts (YPA) perspective. On Sunday Allen ended the game with a YPA of 5.29. The only game last season where Allen had a YPA below 5.5 was the Bills’ Week 6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Allen has had a YPA below 5.5 in 11 games in his entire career. The Bills are 1-10 in those games. Their only win came in 2018 against the Tennessee Titans and Marcus Mariota.

One piece of solace may be the other quarterbacks who struggled in Week 1. Of players with at least ten passing attempts, Allen ranks 30th as of Monday morning. The players behind him are Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers—two former NFL MVPs.