Steelers vs. Bills: Road to the playoffs took a detour

Devlin Hodges Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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The Steelers loss to the Bills on Sunday night may have derailed our playoffs hopes for the 2019 season

In a game that the Steelers almost had to win, we came up short, losing to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night by a score of 17-10.  Had the Steelers won, we would have leapfrogged the Bills for the 5th seed in the NFL playoffs.

Instead, we are still clinging to the 6th, and last, seed.  With the way the offense played, it does seem like the Steelers are clinging to the final spot rather than having a firm grip on it.  We have no one to blame for our predicament but ourselves.

Once again, the defense played pretty well but gave up way too many yards on the ground.  According to the official site of the NFL, the Steelers ‘D’ surrendered 130 rushing yards.  Having only generated 51 yards of our own, the offense just could not match the Bills run game.

The ‘O’ line did not have a good game in pass protection, allowing 4 sacks.  Typically the strength of the offense, the line just wasn’t able to get into a rhythm in either the run game or the passing game, even though the Steelers were able to muster 178 yards through the air.

It was a disappointing loss, to be sure, as we played well enough to win, despite the aforementioned yardage totals.  I can only hope that we bounce back from the loss and get back on the ‘winning’ track.  With two games left in the 2019 season, the Steelers now have zero margin for error.

Let’s take a look at how the offense performed.