By Jake Mysliwczyk
The highly watched Sunday Night Football game did not go in the Steelers favor as the Buffalo Bills came out on top 17-10. This game was predicted to be low scoring with plenty of defensive highlights and that it was. 4 interceptions for Buffalo, 1 interception and a fumble recovery for Pittsburgh.
With the Steelers defense on fire, what went wrong? Offense. Quarterback Devlin Hodges was in rare form as he threw 4 interceptions and seemed to be hesitating too long in the backfield, the same thing Mason Rudolph was benched for. The Steelers offensive line couldn’t handle Buffalo’s 3rd ranked defense in the league.
Then we go to the horrible wildcat play call following the two minute waring before halftime. The snap went to James Conner, who handed off to Diontae Johnson, who fumbled the ball at the 12-yard line, and it was recovered by Buffalo. When they’re 10-yards away from scoring, Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner should let the quarterback handle the snaps, not a running back. That play could be the reason the Steelers came up short.
The Steelers now are in a tricky spot for the AFC playoff picture. If Pittsburgh can win the next two games, they are in or if they lose one and Tennessee loses against Huston the Steelers are in. So we turn our eyes to the Titians as a loss to the Texans would get us a spot. Next week the Steelers travel to New York to take on the Jets and former running back Le’Veon Bell for a 1:00 kickoff.
Photo of the game below: