The Buffalo Bills suffered a stunning upset at home, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-16, despite heading into the game as touchdown favorites and leading by 10 at the half.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen was solid but not quite as remarkable as we’ve seen, throwing for 270 yards and a touchdown but losing a fumble. But after the game, he had a clear message for the rest of the team.
“We’re not going to panic; 16 games left,” Allen told the media. “We know what we need to do. We know we need to execute better… This is one of the better teams we’re going to be play all year, to be honest. We have to find a way to make the adjustments and get the ball in the hands of the playmakers.”
Last season the Buffalo Bills didn’t suffer their first loss until Week 5. They went 13-3, winning the AFC East for the first time in over 20 years en route to a trip to the AFC Championship Game.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) September 12, 2021
Josh Allen was a huge reason that the Bills were as good as they were last year. He threw for over 4,500 yards and 37 touchdowns while leading the NFL’s No. 2 offense.
But the Steelers defense seemingly had the answer to Buffalo for most of the game. Penalties crushed the Bills as they racked up eight of them.
The 16 points the Bills were held to by the Steelers match the fewest they scored all of last season.
It’s early in the season, but the Bills now have ground to make up for the first time in over a year.
We’ll find out next week how they respond.