5 initial takeaways from Buffalo Bills 31-17 win over Steelers

AFC Wild Card Playoffs - Pittsburgh Steelers v Buffalo Bills
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3.) Josh Allen does what he does best

It was a big performance by the Bills’ quarterback against a well-coached Steelers defense. Josh Allen finished the game with 277 total yards and 4 total touchdowns. One of his touchdowns was a scramble out of the pocket where he got past cornerback Patrick Peterson and went 52 yards to the house. He also did not turn the ball over, which ultimately helped the Bills keep the ball in play and not give momentum to Pittsburgh.

When Allen is at his highest competitive level, he is without doubt the toughest quarterback to slow down. The knock on him is his inconsistency to be able to produce at that level. He will need to bring that same mentality and be able to show out against a Chiefs’ defense that is no walk in the park. 

2.) Buffalo was disciplined in terms of penalties

The Bills finished the game with just 2 penalties for 24 yards, with one of them being on the last Pittsburgh offensive drive. The first penalty came from cornerback Kaiir Elam who was called for holding, but eventually made up for it with an interception on quarterback Mason Rudolph in the end zone (that eventually led to the 52 yard rushing touchdown by Allen.

Being able to play smart football and not commit careless mistakes goes a long way for a team and it showed for the Bills in this game.