-- Quick highlights from the Buffalo Bills' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers here
at Heinz Field ...
What it means: The Bills went into the week insisting they
still were in the playoff hunt. We can stop humoring them. They are 3-7 and in
last place in the AFC East.
No Manuel transmission: EJ Manuel returned after a four-game injury absence and looked raggedy. Buffalo's first-round draft pick was 22 of 39 for 155 yards and one touchdown with one interception. His completion percentage (and eventually the 2-yard TD toss to Chris Gragg with three seconds left) was aided by the Steelers' prevent defense late in the fourth quarter.
Player of the game: Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell
didn't post a boffo stat line, but he was the most important player in the
Steelers' impressive ball-control game plan. He ran 22 times for 57 yards and a
Bills player of the game: Defensive end Jerry Hughes recorded
a pair of sacks. Each came on third down to force a punt.
Symbolic play of the game: The Bills were down only a
touchdown when the Steelers lined up for a field goal in the third quarter.
Marcell Dareus jumped and was flagged for encroachment, giving the Steelers
first and goal at the 6-yard line. Two plays later, Bell scored his touchdown.
Preliminary injury report: Bills receiver Stevie Johnson
left the game in the fourth quarter with a groin injury. ... Receiver Chris Hogan was shaken up after making a catch late in the fourth quarter and went straight to the locker room. ... The Steelers had
several injuries, including cornerback Shamarko Thomas, left guard Ramon Foster
and linebacker LaMarr Woodley.
Coming up: The Bills will host the New York Jets next Sunday
in Ralph Wilson Stadium and then go on their by week.