Steelers vs Bills: Winners and losers from Week 1 victory
By Andrew Falce
While the Steelers started off slow, a strong second half propelled them to a win. These are the winners and losers from their Week 1 victory.
Count me as one that was surprised when the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled the Week 1 road upset over the Buffalo Bills.
It was a tale of two halves for the team, as a horrible first half led into a great second one. The defense was the only constant, but at the end of the day, the team pulled out the underdog victory.
Here are the three winners and two losers from the 23-16 victory over the Bills.
Steelers winner: The defensive line
Despite the Steelers being down starter Stephon Tuitt, this defensive line showed up today in a major way. While the individual stats weren’t there, the starting line was consistently beating the Bills’ offensive line in this game.
Chief among them was Cameron Heyward.
While he rarely has a bad game, he was playing on another level this week. His lone sack doesn’t scream elite play, but he was regularly terrorizing Josh Allen and forcing him out of the pocket.
That doesn’t mean that Tyson Alualu was bad either. The veteran still looked like he has some juice left in him despite his age. Even Chris Wormley played well despite him being a backup. Add in Carlos Davis holding up in run defense and overall, it was about as elite of a performance that you could have hoped for in this first game.
Even with the injury to Tuitt, this group still showed up and is making the argument as being one of the best in the league.