The Bills lead this defensive battle at halftime.
The 2021 edition of a Buffalo Bills – Pittsburgh Steelers matchup feels a lot like the 2020 edition, through two quarters. Both defenses have caused a lot of a havoc, both offenses have been out of rhythm, and until the closing minutes of the half, neither team was able to put together an extended drive for points. The Bills enter halftime with a 10-0 lead over their opponent.
The Bills jumped out to a lead on their first drive, thanks to tremendous play by their kick return unit. Isaiah McKenzie scampered, largely untouched, for a 75 yard return on the opening kickoff. That put Buffalo in field goal range, which paid off when the offense went three and out.
Following that, this game unfolded as a blow-for-blow defensive slugfest. The two teams combined for eight punts in the first half, and Josh Allen was sacked and lost a fumble on one of Buffalo’s other drives. The Steelers have 55 total yards on 19 offensive plays in the first half, including eight rushing yards on seven carries.
The Bills finally found a footing near the end of the half. Energized by a 37 yard completion to Gabriel Davis, they started finding holes in the Steelers defense and marched down the field on a 13 play, 91 yard drive that finished with Davis catching the three yard touchdown pass at the back of the end zone.
The Bills will be kicking off to Pittsburgh at the start of the second half. Here’s hoping they continue building momentum and finish strong for a win. Here’s your open thread for the remainder of the afternoon. Go Bills!