Bills struggle in 27-20 loss to Steelers

Posted at 4:23 PM, Dec 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-11 19:57:04-05

Le’Veon Bell rushed for 236 yards, the most ever surrendered by the Bills in franchise history, in a 27-20 win by the Steelers on Sunday.

With rumors swirling Head Coach Rex Ryan could be fired as early as Monday, the Bills played four quarters of uninspiring football.

Now sitting at 6-7 overall, Buffalo will likely miss the playoffs for an NFL record 17th straight season.

Prior to the game, CBS NFL Reporter Jason La Canfora reported that along with Ryan potentially being out of a job, quarterback Tyrod Taylor could find himself on the bench if he failed to perform in a “must win” situation.

After the game when asked about the rumors, Ryan told reporters "I have no comment on that."

Playing with Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods for the first time since Week 2, Taylor and the offense stumbled out of the gate.

Taylor was sacked four times in the first quarter and the Bills were held to -1 total yards to become the first team this season to have negative yards in a quarter.

The QB finished the day 15 for 25 for 228 yards with two touchdowns and an interception as the Bills managed just 275 total yards of offense.

Watkins hauled in his first TD of the season in the second quarter, while Taylor connected with Charles Clay late in the fourth.

While Taylor and the Bills struggled to find their footing, the defense did its best to keep the Steelers in check, picking off Ben Roethlisberger twice in the first half.  Buffalo trailed 14-7 at the break.

Despite a third interception in the second half, the Bills were unable to capitalize and slow down Bell and the Steelers offense.

There have been three 200-yard rushers in the NFL this season. Ryan’s defense has allowed two.
Jay AjaYi ran for 214 yards in Miami’s 28-25 Week 7 victory over the Bills.

While there are still three games left in the regular season, we wait to see if Ryan and Taylor have three games left with Buffalo.