Buffalo Bills 10 - Steelers 23
A week after a blowout loss to the New England Patriots, the Steelers romped to an easy victory over Buffalo. Still smarting after giving up a franchise record 55 points against the Patriots, the Steelers defense came back hard and made EJ Manuel look like the rookie he is. After missing a month with a sprained knee, Manuel completed 22 of his 39 passes for only 155 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. On the ground game, the Steelers gave up only 95 yards against Buffalo's C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. Those are huge improvements considering the defense ranked 31st in the league before the game.
However, in the early stages of the game all didn't quite go to plan for Pittsburgh. Ben Roethlisberger looked out-of-sorts as he underthrew to wide receiver Markus Wheaton, prompting Jairus Byrd to make an interception and return the ball for 57 yards to the Steelers 29 yard line. However hopes of a Bills touchdown quickly evaporated as Manuel elected to throw the ball to the corner of the end zone at the Steelers 1-yard line. Strange decision against a defense that has allowed the second-most rushing touchdowns in the NFL.
The Steelers then went on the score the next 23 points. Jerricho Cotchery caught a nice 5-yard touchdown from Roethlisberger before Le-Veon Bell scored a 4-yard touchdown run to take a 17-3 lead. Two more field goals sealed the game for Pittsburgh, with the standout play coming from former 6th round draft pick Antonio Brown. Brown caught a Brian Moorman punt to return the ball 50 yards to the Buffalo 11 at the midway point in the fourth quarter.
Back to the drawing board for a Buffalo team that badly needs to win and get their season back on track.
Monday night's game between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers produced a result that many did not expect. The NFL's only winless team recorded their first victory as rookie quarterback led an 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter to win the game.
The Dolphins started slowly, going 15-0 down, before leading 19-15. Ryan Tannehil threw two touchdowns to Rischard Matthews, but the ground game was virtually non-existent.
Tannehill was also sacked twice on Miami's final drive before cornerback Darrelle Revis intercepted Tannehill's last role of the dice when he attempted to throw the ball to Mike Wallace with only 1:35 left.
No doubt the focus will now once again turn to the bullying scandal.