Sunday, September 16, 2007

Pittsburgh 26, Buffalo 3

This afternoon the Steelers defeated the Bills 26-3 at Heinz Field. In many ways it was a more impressive victory than the one against the Browns last week, as the Bills (for the most part), did not beat themselves. The Steelers might have pitched a shutout if the officials had noticed that Buffalo's kick returner stepped out of bounds in the middle of a 63-yard kickoff return that allowed the Bills to kick a field goal.

Most impressive was the Steelers' pass protection and the fact that the team committed only two penalties (for nine yards). One has to nitpick to find anything wrong with the Steelers' performance: Ben Roethlisberger threw into double coverage on the long pass that was intercepted; it appeared to be the same play that went for a 40-yard TD versus the Browns. And the offense could have done a better job of preserving its timeouts in the first half.

Thank goodness LB James Harrison appears to be okay. Harrison suffered a neck injury on the last play of the first half when he banged his head on NT Casey Hampton's prodigious backside.

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