3 things we learned from Steelers loss against Buffalo Bills

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /
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The Steelers suffered a second consecutive loss against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night

Look, I don’t know about you, but heading into the game against the Buffalo Bills, I thought that the Steelers would bounce back from what can only be described, as far as I’m concerned, as an inexplicable and inexcusable loss to the Washington Football Team.

No offense intended to Washington, but the Steelers were, on paper, the better team.  We did not play well and Washington got the better of us.  OK, fine.  Things happen in the NFL which is why the games are played as any team can beat any other team on any given Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or any other day the game is played.

Against the Bills, the Steelers looked ‘listless’ on offense; on defense, I thought we played pretty well but gave up too many third-down conversions and too many big plays.  To highlight the aforementioned points, according to ESPN.com, the Steelers offense was one for 10 on third-down conversions; conversely, the Steelers defense gave up 7 out of 14 third-down conversions.

Those two factors combined generally spell doom and they did for us against the Bills, who are a good football team, but a team that I thought we could have beaten had we played better on both sides of the ball.  Again, the NFL is a week-to-week league but with two consecutive losses, you have to wonder about the psyche of the team right now.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the three things we learned from the loss against the Bills.