The Steelers bested the Buffalo Bills in the first and only home game of the preseason by the score of 27-15. The game was frankly in hand at the end of the third quarter, but the Bills were able to make it somewhat close by scoring fifteen points in the fourth quarter.
Although we only managed to gain two-hundred and sixty-five yards on offense, according to ESPN, we were efficient, well balanced as evidenced by the fact that we gained almost as many yards on the ground, one-hundred and twenty-one, as we did through the air, one-hundred and forty-four, and won the time of possession.
Let's see what we learned on the offensive side of the ball.
The Steelers first-team offense looked ready for 'prime time' at home against the Buffalo Bills
I think the best word to describe the performance of the Steelers first-team against the first-team defense of the Buffalo Bills is impressive. We scored TDs on our first two drives and that was pretty much it for the first-team offense. Kenny Pickett, Jaylen Warren, and Pat Freiermuth stood out to me.
Pickett only threw four passes but one of them went for a TD to Freiermuth on a pass that was not only well-thrown but also well-placed. Pickett caught Freiermuth down the seam and threw a ball in between two defenders.
Our first TD came via the run game after Warren ripped off a sixty-two-yarder en route to the endzone. Ironically, that was the only carry Warren would have in the game. I guess Mike Tomlin and Matt Canada had seen enough.
After the first-team offense gave way to the second, third, and fourth-team players, we would score another thirteen points. I think we can feel good about the fact that when it was 'good on good', meaning when it was our first-team offense against the Bills first-team defense, we prevailed.
Let's see what we learned on defense.