ORCHARD PARK (WKBW) It was some good, some bad for the Buffalo Bills in preseason outing number three. The starting offense had its moments, and Fred Jackson looked like his 2011 self at times, but turnovers cost the team. The starting defense was able to bottle up some of the Steeler drives, but Chan Gailey called the play of the backups "horrible."
The Bills opened the scoring in the first quarter on a drive led by RB Fred Jackson. Jackson hauled off runs of 15 and 8 yards, before capping off the 5 play drive with a 1 yard touchdown run. WR David Nelson had a 25 yard catch on the 49 yard drive.
The Steelers would tie the game in the second quarter. Bills RB CJ Spiller would fumble on the Buffalo 17 and Pittsburgh would capitalize. Isaac Redman reached the endzone five players later for the Steelers scoring on a 2-yard run to tie the game at 7.
Pittsburgh would take the lead late in the first half. Ben Rothelisberger
led the Steelers on a 98 yard drive capped off by a Antonio Brown 6 yard touchdown reception. Pittsburgh led 14-7 heading into the half.
The Steelers would extend the lead early in the third quarter. Bills QB Vince Young was intercepted on his first pass of the game by Troy Polamalu. Pittsburgh would strike on the very next play. Backup QB Byron Leftwich hit Brown for his second touchdown of the game, a 39 yard grab for the 21-7 Pittsburgh lead.
From there it would be all Steelers, as the visitors rattled off 17 more points before the final buzzer sounded.
The top performers for the Bills included Mario Williams, who registered 2 sacks on the evening. Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went 7-18 for 89 yards in a half of play.
The team now has a short week to prepare for their preseason finale, Friday night against the Detroit Lions in the Motor City.