I hope that Dick Jauron, Trent Edwards, and the rest of the Bills offense watched the Pittsburgh Steelers last night as they beat the Tennessee Titans in overtime.
Ben Roethlisberger ran the no-huddle to perfection late in the 4th quarter to get the Steelers, who trailed at that point 10-7, into field-goal range. By spreading the field and leaving the game on Roethlisberger’s right arm, Pittsburgh was able to overcome a pathetic running game. The 12-play, 56-yard march late in the fourth took over eight minutes off the clock and included a 15-yard pass to Holmes on a 3rd-and-12.
The drive would have likely resulted in touchdown if the Steelers chose not to call a timeout – allowing a visibly fatigued Titans defense to catch its breath and make critical substitutions. Well, it might also have been helpful if Pittsburgh was able to convert even one 3rd and short over the course of the game.
If the Bills hope to have success with the no-huddle they will need Trent to make plays like Big Ben. Since Trent has not shown himself to be that caliber of play-maker just yet, the run game will also have to play its part.