Despite some solid efforts on the ground by the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh's defense proved to be too strong, holding the Bills to only 72 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Latavius Murray was the leading rusher for the Bills with 26 yards on six attempts, followed by Darrynton Evans with 25 yards on six carries. Mims managed to find the end zone for the Bills, scoring on a 14-yard run, his only rushing touchdown of the game.
The Bills struggled in the passing game as well. Quarterback Matt Barkley, who took over for starter Josh Allen, completed only 7 of his 12 attempts for 93 yards and threw three costly interceptions. On the receiving end, Justin Shorter led the way for the Bills with five catches for 47 yards and a touchdown.
The Steelers had a more balanced offensive attack. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky completed 10 of his 13 pass attempts for 78 yards and a touchdown. Backup quarterback Mason Rudolph also contributed, completing five of his seven passes for 52 yards. Pittsburgh's receiving corps was led by Gunner Olszewski with five receptions for 41 yards. The highlight of the game for the Steelers was a 62-yard touchdown run by Jaylen Warren on his only carry of the game.
Pittsburgh's defense was also a major factor in the victory, forcing a fumble from Buffalo's Matt Barkley and recovering it. The Steelers also managed to intercept Buffalo's quarterbacks three times, with Joe Porter, Elijah Riley, and Cam Sullivan each recording a pick. These turnovers played a crucial role in Pittsburgh's win.
Both teams had a fair share of special teams contributions. Buffalo's Sam Martin punted five times, averaging 47 yards per punt, while Pittsburgh's Pressley Harvin punted five times as well, averaging 38.2 yards per punt. The highlight of the special teams was a 54-yard punt return by Pittsburgh's Corey Austin.
The Steelers showed their resilience throughout the game, overcoming two lost fumbles, one from Trubisky and one from Rudolph. This victory is a positive sign for the Steelers, as they displayed a strong defense, balanced offensive attack, and playmaking ability on special teams.
The Bills will look to bounce back from this loss and improve their offensive and defensive performances as they prepare for their next game. The Steelers will look to build on this win and continue their momentum going forward into the season.
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