The Buffalo Bills dropped a 23-16 decision to the Pittsburgh Steelers in their season opener at Highmark Stadium, as Pittsburgh rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to win.
From poor play by the offensive line and an erratic Josh Allen to questionable offensive play calling and too many penalties, today’s edition of the Bills daily links leads off with what went wrong in the game.
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Assessing what went wrong vs. Steelers
After years of being the hunter, the Buffalo Bills found out what it was like to be the hunted in their season opener against Pittsburgh. We take a look at how the Bills failed to respond in their first game of this season laden with high expectations, analyze how All-Pro quarterback Josh Allen reverted to his old ways in the loss, explore how Buffalo’s high-octane offense was stymied by the Steelers’ defense, and dissect how T.J. Watt and Pittsburgh’s pass rush was able to take advantage of Buffalo’s offensive line to make Allen’s life miserable.
- Upon Further Review: Bills now know what it’s like to play under the weight of lofty expectations | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
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- Maiorana: There wasn’t much to like in Bills’ loss to Steelers - Democrat & Chronicle
- Bills’ high-powered offense humbled by Steelers; Josh Allen: ‘We’re going to learn from this’ - newyorkupstate.com
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- After Bills’ sloppy mistakes led to season-opening loss, what’s the message? ‘Don’t panic’ - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
- Pump the brakes on the Super Bowl: Bills humbled 23-16 by Steelers - Democrat & Chronicle
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Week 1 report card, position grades, analysis
What we liked (Buffalo’s pass rush did a good job pressuring Ben Roethlisberger and the defense is going to be good this year) and what we didn’t like (let’s go back to the porous offensive line, the questionable play calling and the special teams breakdown) from the loss to Pittsburgh.
- Bills look far from ‘Super’ against Steelers (Week 1 report card) - newyorkupstate.com
- Position grades: Ed Oliver’s stout run defense was bright spot in defeat | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Bills report card: Offensive line, play-calling a mess against Steelers - Democrat & Chronicle
- What we learned from snap counts in Bills’ Week 1 loss, game ball and more | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Why the Bills defensive line rotation was a bright spot in Week 1 - BuffaloBills.com
- Top 3 things we learned from Bills vs. Steelers | Week 1 - BuffaloBills.com
- Daboll Watch, Week 1: How the Bills’ offense fared by personnel group vs. Steelers | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Odds and ends
With an electric atmosphere and the Bills’ first home game played before a capacity crowd in more than 18 months, former Bills center Eric Wood shares why he feels the team may have been too hyped up for the season opener. Plus, hear from head coach Sean McDermott on what the Bills need to do to improve for their Week 2 clash vs. the Miami Dolphins.