Steelers hand Bills disappointing 23-16 season-opening loss
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Buffalo Bills kicked off to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday looking to pick up where they left off in 2020. But, the Steelers handed the Bills a disappointing 23-16 loss.
Buffalo is coming off of its most prolific season since 1995, making it to the AFC Championship game where they fell to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Bills started off strong as Isaiah McKenzie took it 75-yards on the opening kick.
WOW. Isaiah McKenzie takes it 75-yards on the opening kickoff. Cue #BillsMafia erupting…— Carly Mascitti (@WHEC_CMascitti) September 12, 2021
The Bills defense is also doing pretty good so far.
First two possessions for Pittsburgh: net of 13 yards.— Jackson Roberts (@WHEC_JRoberts) September 12, 2021
Pretty good start for the #Bills defense.
10-6 Bills in the 3rd quarter.
Steelers on the board after a FG.— Jackson Roberts (@WHEC_JRoberts) September 12, 2021
10-3 #Bills early in the 3rd.
Steelers take the lead for the first time in the game.
And Steelers quickly score another TD.
Bills respond with a field goal.
Steelers extend their lead.
45 Yd FG attempt by Chris Boswell is good. Steelers go up by 10 with under 3 mins remaining. #NFL— Jackson Roberts (@WHEC_JRoberts) September 12, 2021
The Bills with a late-game field goal brings score to 23-16. And that’s the final score. Bills fall to Steelers.
The big emphasis in practice has been how the defense is preparing for Pittsburgh under the new Offensive Coordinator, Matt Canada.
Bills’ Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier has noted that it’s difficult to scout the unknown. Either way, Bills are up against the Steelers without nose tackle Star Lotulelei, who was ruled inactive for Sunday’s game with a calf injury. It comes after the defensive lineman missed an entire week of practice. With him opting out of last season due to COVID-19 concerns, Lotulelei hasn’t played since December of 2019.
On the offensive side of the ball, veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders’ status was questionable as of Friday and it’s likely he will be a game-time decision. Josh Allen returns for his fourth season following an All-Pro and Pro-Bowl selection in 2020. In his third year, Allen set franchise records in seven different stat categories including passing touchdowns (37).
This marks the first of three home games through the first four weeks of the season for Buffalo.
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