Steelers route Buffalo in snow-filled game, 27-20

Posted on Dec 11 2016 - 9:20pm by Rachael McKriger
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The Pittsburgh Steelers got their first taste of snow-filled football up in Buffalo this weekend. The Steelers traveled the short distance to Ralph Wilson Stadium to face the Buffalo Bills.

The Steelers won the game 27-20, and had plenty of assistance from Le’Veon Bell. Bell was the provider for the three touchdowns the Steelers scored. In addition, Bell set a franchise record for most yards in a single game, by rushing for 236 yards on 38 carries.

Bell also had a productive day in the air, catching four receptions for 62 yards. On the ground, Bell’s longest run was for 33 yards. He got plenty of help in the blocking game from both his offensive line and Roosevelt Nix. the fullback.

As for the other points, Chris Boswell converted both of his field goal attempts, after coming back from an abdominal injury. Randy Bullock, his replacement for one game, was let go by the team. Boswell also converted all three of his extra point attempts.

Ben Roethlisberger was lucky to have Bell have such a productive game. Roethlisberger threw three interceptions, which went into the arms of Lorenzo Alexander, Stephon Gilmore and Zach Brown. Roethlisberger found his receivers 17/31 times for 220 yards in the air.

As for the Bills, Tyrod Taylor threw for 228 yards in the air on 15/25 completed passes. Taylor threw two touchdowns to Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay. In addition, Taylor threw an interception into the arms of Artie Burns.

On the ground, LeSean McCoy rushed two yards for a touchdown, but finished the day with 27 yards on 12 carries. His fellow running back, Mike Gillislee, rushed twice for 34 yards.

On the Steelers defense the sacks were plentiful. Sean Davis, who also led the team in tackles (6), sacked Taylor once and helped assist on a sack with Stephon Tuitt. Bud Dupree, who acknowledged that it was his first time playing football in the snow, recorded two sacks while Ryan Shazier added a single sack of his own.

As for Buffalo, their defense was not able to sack Roethlisberger. In the Bills kicking game, Dan Carpenter converted 2/3 extra point attempts and was never called on for a field goal attempt.

The Steelers will return to action against the Cincinnati Bengals, at Paul Brown Stadium, on Dec. 18 at 1 p.m.

Photo of Le’Veon Bell courtesy of Michael Adamucci/Getty Images.

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