Recap: Bills trounce Steelers 43-19

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense had no answers for Buffalo's quarterbacks or offense.

Rex Ryan and the Bills coaching staff probably couldn’t have asked for a better offensive performance on Saturday.

The Buffalo Bills trounced the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday by a final score of 43-19. Buffalo’s offense was firing on all-cylinders against Pittsburgh and the quarterbacks, the most criticized position on the team, led the way.

E.J. Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and Matt Simms went 30-of-33 for 386 net passing yards. Here’s a breakdown of each quarterback’s play in order of first appearance.

EJ Manuel

7/8, 170 yards, 2 TDs

Matt Cassel

6/7, 38 yards, 1 rush, 6 yards

Tyrod Taylor

12/13, 122 yards, 1 rush, 20 yards, TD

Matt Simms

5/5, 65 yards, TD

 

All four quarterbacks picked apart Pittsburgh’s defense at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Rex Ryan said the coaching staff would know who won the starting job after today’s game, but it may not be an easy decision. Manuel and Taylor were especially impressive.

Fred Jackson led Bills rushers with 48 yards and a touchdown on five carries. The Bills averaged 4.5 yards per carry on the ground against Pittsburgh.

Buffalo was without their top five receivers and lost Marquise Goodwin in the first half, but the depth really stepped up on Saturday. Charles Clay, Tobais Palmer and Chris Gragg all scored touchdowns for the Bills and Clay and Palmer each finished with 69 yards receiving.

Defensively, Buffalo disappointed in the first half by giving up 19 points. Ronald Darby had a rough outing, drawing two penalties that resulted in 50 yards for the Steelers and Martavis Bryant racked up 138 yards and a touchdown on three receptions. In the second half, the defense pitched a shutout.

At the end of the game, Buffalo’s offense was on the field for 38:50 to Pittsburgh’s 21:10. 

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