Insider Only “Disturbing” Performance, Steelers inability to defend middle of the field getting worse by the day

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Bills 43 – Steelers 19

It’s been the same story all camp and preseason for the Steelers defense. They can’t stop the run between the tackles and can’t defend the pass in the middle of the field.

E.J. Manuel and the Buffalo Bills led offense played without their entire starting wide receiver corps and still looked like the 2000 Rams up against the Steelers first team D.

On the Bills first play from scrimmage, Fred Jackson gashed (right guard) the Steelers for a 41 yard gain to the Steelers two yard line, setting up a one yard Jackson touchdown two plays later.

The Bills went three plays, 43 yards on their opening drive score.

Buffalo’s next drive the Bills would again only need three plays to cap off an 80 yard touchdown drive.

Manuel connected with Marquise Goodwin for a 16 yard gain on first down and following a delay a game penalty, Manuel connected with Charles Clay for a 67 yard touchdown through the air on 2nd and 13.

On a deep slant in the middle field, Vince Williams and Shamarko Thomas had a miscue in coverage as Clay caught the ball at the Steelers 40 and took it to the house.

The Steelers inability to defend the middle of field is getting worse by the week and Thomas is often front and center of the Steelers struggles in that critical area.

The Bills racked up on the day 542 yards and 27 first downs.

“Not the type of performance we were looking for,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said afterwards, also indicating the performance was disturbing.


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Martavis Bryant had himself a first half.

3 Receptions for 138 yards and 1 touchdown on three targets. Bryant who hauled in a 63 yard pass from Michael Vick, averaged 46 yards per reception.


Michael Vick can still throw the ball like he’s 25 when it comes to arm strength. Vick entered play on the Steelers third offensive series and on Vick’s first play of scrimmage he threw a 63 yard strike to Martavis Bryant.

Vick played two series going 4/5 for 106 yards, posting a 118.8 QB ratng.

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