OPINION: Arrow Up/Arrow Down: Steelers at Bills

The Bills dominate to move to 4-1 this season

Orchard Park, N.Y. (WGR 550) - The Buffalo Bills rolled to a 38-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Highmark Stadium.

That means I get to start with my Arrows Up, once again:

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QB - Josh Allen

Allen set a career high in passing yards and, in the process, a Bills franchise record for passing yards in a non-overtime game with 424. He also threw four touchdown passes.

If it weren’t for tight end Quintin Morris fumbling at the goal line, he would’ve had five.

Allen also contributed 42 yards rushing to give him a total of 466 offensive yards on the day.

10.2 yards per-play!

The Bills averaged 10.2 yards per-offensive play on Sunday against the Steelers (552 yards on 52 plays). According to my research at Pro-Football Reference, that's the third-highest average yards per-play in a game in NFL history.

WR - Gabe Davis

Davis had a pretty incredible day, finishing with only three catches, but going for 171 yards, averaging an incredible 57.0 yards per-catch.

He started the game with a 98-yard touchdown reception, and later had another from 62 yards out, ripping the ball away from Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.

All of this while playing on an ankle that has been bothering him for a couple of weeks.

WR - Stefon Diggs

Not to be left out of the offensive aerial assault, Diggs put up some pretty impressive numbers himself, catching eight passes for 102 yards and a touchdown.

Big play and quick-strike offense

The Bills had 10 plays of, at least, 21 yards or more, including five plays of 31 yards or more. They scored on touchdown drives of just 3, 1, 2, 8, and 2 plays.

2022 draft class

Several of the Bills' 2022 rookie draft class stepped up big to contribute to the win.

This includes wide receiver Khalil Shakir - caught three balls for 75 yards and his first NFL touchdown - running back James Cook - found the end zone for the first time in his career on a 24-yard run - first-round cornerback Kaiir Elam - came up with his first NFL interception - and linebacker Terrel Bernard -contributed six total tackles.

The Bills have to feel really good about this class of rookies they brought in.

Pass protection

The Bills' offensive line and backs did a really nice job of keeping Allen and backup quarterback Case Keenum clean all game. Neither were sacked at all, and the Steelers were credited with just one official quarterback hit, despite throwing the ball 36 times.


No Jordan Poyer. No Micah Hyde. No Tre’Davious White. No Christian Benford.

No problem for the Bills secondary that was still able to shut down the Steelers, especially when it came to critical situations.

Damar Hamlin, Jaquan Johnson, Elam, Dane Jackson, and Taron Johnson just did a solid job overall of coverage and tackling all day long.

Run game efficiency

The Bills ran the ball just 18 times all game, but collected 120 yards, averaging 6.7 yards per-carry as a group.

This included Devin Singletary’s 6-for-42 (7.0 yards per-run), Allen’s 5-for-42 (8.4), Cook’s 4-for-31 (7.8), and Zach Moss’ 1-for-7 (7.0).

Third down offense

The Bills converted five of their nine third down chances (55.6%).

Third and fourth down defense

The Steelers were 5-for-13 on third down, and 0-for-3 on fourth down, a combined total of 5-for16 (31.3%).

Run defense

The Bills held the Steelers to just 54 yards rushing and only 3.2 yards per-attempt.

Shutting down Najee Harris

The Steelers' top running back was held to just 20 yards on 11 carries, an average of 1.8 yards per-attempt.

LB - Tyrel Dodson

Dodson led all players in the game with 11 tackles, including one for a loss, a sack and added a quarterback hurry.

Siran Neal's four pass breakups

Neal didn’t play much defense, getting in late in the game after it was out of hand. However, he had four pass breakups.

Only one Bills player has more on the entire season! (Jordan Poyer - 6).

Red zone defense

The Steelers were inside the Bills' 20-yard line four times and failed to score a touchdown.

Another second half shutout

The Steelers didn’t score in the second half. It’s the fourth time in five games the Bills defense shut out the opposition in the second half.

They’ve allowed a total of seven points in the second halves of games this season.

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Taiwan Jones on the opening kick off

It was a windy day in Orchard Park, but not too windy to field kickoffs.

However, Jones fumbled the opening kickoff of the game and then had trouble picking it up. He ultimately was tackled at the Bills' own two-yard line, where they had to start.

They scored a touchdown three plays later, but it could have been disastrous.

Quintin Morris’ fumble

As written earlier, Allen should have had five touchdown passes. The fifth would have come on a shovel pass to Morris, who tried to stretch his body across the goal line, but fumbled on his way down.

It was recovered by the Steelers in the end zone for a touchback.

Blocked field goal

With the Bills up 7-0, they had a chance to extend their lead early in the game. However, Tyler Bass’ 49-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

Along with Jones’ opening kickoff fumble, it was the second special teams miscue of the game.

Red zone offense

The Bills scored only one touchdown, despite four trips into the Steelers' red zone.

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