Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills, Week 5
One of the Steelers signature wins in 2021 was week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, but the offense was far from the reason for victory. A strong performance from the defense and a blocked punt helped pick up an offense that only gained 252 yards.
If the Steelers want to come out of Buffalo with a victory in week 5, the offense will need to show up this time. The Bills have only gotten better this offseason, and QB Josh Allen will have now seen this defense for the fourth time. They can’t expect him to keep struggling forever against them, and this time he will have the benefit of studying film from the first quarter of the season.
Buffalo is coming off a season where they finished with the top defense in both yards and points, but they do have some potential weaknesses to exploit. They will likely be starting rookie corner Kaiir Elam opposite of Tre’Davious White. Trying to isolate him on Diontae Johnson could pay off big. Targeting him early, in general, should be a priority to avoid testing White and the rest of their secondary.
The rushing attack should play a bigger part than last year as well with a revamped line. That will help keep free-agent addition Von Miller and the other rushers from teeing off on whoever is starting at QB. The Steelers poaching corner Levi Wallace from the Bills could also be helpful in understanding how to attack their defense. The bottom line is that the Steelers have to score more than 16 points on offense this time if they want to win. They have the talent now, let’s see if they can make it happen.