Steelers' kryptonite was Stefon Diggs in a 26-15 loss to the Bills
Pittsburgh- The Steelers' defense could not stop Stefon Diggs, as he had 10 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown in their second loss of the season.
After a disappointing loss to the Washington Football Team last week, the Steelers needed a win over Buffalo to stay in contention with the Kansas City Chiefs for home field advantage.
Pittsburgh struggled to hold onto the ball in the first half. They had six drop passes that could have resulted in first downs for them. Going into the second quarter, Pittsburgh had only three first downs. After the Steerlers' intercepted the Bills on a deflection, they took advantage of the turnover and turned it into points. Ben Roethlisberger threw a 19-yard touchdown strike to James Washington early in the second, to strike first blood, 7-0.
Late into the quarter, Pittsburgh's defense stopped the Bills from punching the ball in the endzone and forced them to kick a field goal. The field goal was good, which cut the Steelers' lead to four, 7-3. Before the end of the half, Roethlisberger threw a pick six to Taron Johnson, who took it to the house. On the ensuing PAT, the Bills missed the attempt, which made it a 9-7 game going into the half.
Buffalo had the Steelers' defense on their heels at the start of the third quarter. Josh Allen gashed the Steelers' defense with some big plays in the middle of the field. A couple plays later, Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs found himself in the endzone and extend the Bills' lead 16-7.
The Steerlers' kryptonight was Diggs. After a three in out by Pittsburgh midway in the quarter, Diggs had two big plays for a combined of 40 yards, which put Buffalo in the redzone. Two plays later, Allen hit Gabriel Davis for his second touchdown of the night, 23-7.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Steelers' offense started to get rolling. 'Big Ben' hit three of wide receivers, who had gains of 20-yards. A couple plays later, Big Ben threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Ju Ju Smith-Schuster. Pittsburgh went for a two point conversion, which was successful to cut the Bills' lead to a one possession game, 23-15.
On the ensuing drive, the Steelers could not get Buffalo off the field on two third and shorts. Allen picked apart Pittsburgh's secondary and launched a ball to Cole Beasley at the ten-yard line. It was not caught, because Beasley was grabbed before the ball got to him. That penalty put the ball around the 10-yard line of the Steelers.
The Steelers stopped the Bills three times near the goal line and forced them to kick a field goal. The field goal was good and the Bills extend their lead 26-15 midway in the quarter.
With needing a score, Roethlisberger forced a ball in tight coverage to his wide receiver on their next possession and was picked off by Buffalo. The Bills iced the game, as they ran the ball effectively and ran out the clock to get a convincing win against the Steelers.
Roethlisberger finished 21 out of 37 for 187 yards, 2 picks, and 2 touchdowns.