The Buffalo Bills have to be riding what can be described a “roller coaster of emotions” within the last week. Firstly, the tragic spinal-cord injury to reserve tight end Kevin Everett (who as of this writing is gradually improving and just may get to walk out of the hospital where he is convalescing). Secondly, the home loss to the Denver Broncos on a winning field goal by kicker Jason Elam with seconds to go. But the injury to Everett will no doubt weigh on their minds when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field today.
The Bills put in what can be considered a subpar offensive effort last week, gaining only 184 total yards, with rookie running back Marshawn Lynch supplying slightly over half of the total (90 yards rushing, one rushing touchdown with 2 receptions for 9 yards). Losman put in a weak performance, going 14-for-21 for only 97 yards and 1 interception. The Steelers are coming off good performances by QB Ben Roethlisberger (12-for-23, 161 yards, 4 TD) and RB Willie Parker (27 carries, 109 yards).
The Bills will need a much better effort from both the offensive line and Losman; the Steelers I would expect to have 7-8 men in the box to key on Lynch. The Steelers will have to continue their defensive efforts by blitzing judiciously; an improved effort by safety Troy Polamalu would help towards that end. The Bills will improve offensively overall, but the Steelers defense will prove too much unfortunately as they win this one convincingly over the Bills.