C.J. Spiller should see heavy rotation against the Steelers run defense, one of the NFL’s worst. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)
BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot
The Buffalo Bills had their worst game of the season on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Buffalo struggled to move the ball until the Steelers went into a prevent defense to end the game. The 23-10 loss moves Buffalo to 3-7 on the year.
Buffalo was pretty much out of the playoff picture entering the game, but this loss sealed the deal. The Bills need to focus on developing their younger players in their final six games.
Today, Buffalo’s biggest problem was their offense. EJ Manuel, making his first start since Week 5, looked out of sync all game. He finished the game going 22 of 39 for 155 yards. Manuel didn’t attempt to stretch the field much during the game, and in many situations he lead his receivers into hard hits. While Thad Lewis may keep the Bills in more games, Buffalo needs to see what they have in Manuel heading into the 2014 season.
Buffalo’s running game wasn’t much better today, but that’s mostly due to the fact that the Steelers stacked the box due to Manuel’s ineffectiveness. Fred Jackson had 55 yards on 12 carries and C.J. Spiller added 23 yards on eight carries.
Defensively, Stephon Gilmore had his roughest outing of the year as he struggled to keep up with Steelers receivers. Roethlisberger wasn’t great but he found a way to complete 18 of 30 passes for 204 yards. In the run game, Le’Veon Bell and Jonathan Dwyer both had success at times.
Overall, today was a game where nothing went right for the Bills. Don’t expect next week’s game against the Jets to be sold out after today’s effort.