If you are into preseason action, then you should be thrilled with what the Pittsburgh Steelers have been able to accomplish so far. In each of their first two preseason games, Mike Tomlin has certainly got his team ready to play. Last week, Pittsburgh laid a beating on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now it's the Buffalo Bills who felt their wrath.
The Steelers were able to stack their second straight impressive performance. Though it's only exhibition action, we are learning plenty about this football team and many of the young players on the roster. Here are my biggest takeaways from the game.
Steelers offense is firing on all cylinders
This isn't something that Steelers fans have been able to say for a couple of years now. For two games in a row, Kenny Pickett has led a very successful offense. In his only three drives this preseason, Pickett's offense has scored 3 touchdowns -- including 2 passing scores where Pickett threaded the needle for 33-yard and 25-yard touchdown passes.
In addition to an impressive passing game, running back Jaylen Warren was able to bust off a 62-yard touchdown run against the Buffalo Bills in Pittsburgh's second preseason game. The Steelers have been getting big contributions from many young skill players on offense.
So far, Pickett certainly looks like the real deal. We don't want to overhype him based on two impressive preseason performances, but he has certainly raised eyebrows with his ability to march the offense down the field. Pittsburgh jumped out to a 27-point lead in this game against a talented Bills roster. When's the last time we can say that happened?
After scoring just 18.1 points per game during the entire 2022 regular season, the Steelers have now strung together back-to-back 27-point games in the preseason. Most of their success has come with the starters even though snaps have been spare. This a very encouraging sign about the step this unit could take in 2023.