Quick Yinzing: “Bad” Steelers road team wins third straight on the road

It was anything but a “trap game” and the score indicated a contest that was closer than it actually was.

The Steelers dominated the Buffalo Bills, doing something they’d been criticized for not doing all year: winning on the road.

Three of Pittsburgh’s last four during this streak have been wins away from Heinz Field, and the Steelers appear poised for a postseason run.

Ben’s Turnovers

The Bills came into this game with the league’s fifth-best turnover margin, and came away with 3 Ben Roethlisberger picks.

Had it not been for the way the defense dominated early, this game could’ve been Pittsburgh’s to lose.

However, I’ll say this: it was a good time for the franchise QB to have a bad game, as the remaining division schedule might be more tightly contested. Though the scoreboard showed a close game, anyone watching knew the Bills were dominated in this one…

Bell Cow

And that’s because, even without LG Ramon Foster (replaced by G B.J. Finney) the Steelers pushed the NFL’s best run defense around all day long.

To the tune of the worst defensive effort against a running back in Bill’s history, which turned out to be the best running day for any Steeler in history.

That’s right: Le’Veon Bell outdid Steelers greats such as Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis, besting Willie Parker‘s previous mark of 223 yards, with 236 of his own. He also set a career-best with 3 touchdowns, and hit the century mark on the ground for the season… but wait, there’s more!

Bell was 2 all-purpose yards shy of 300 (298) on the day.

Just… wow.

Artie Burns and company

Set his own mark, becoming the first Steelers rookie corner to get 3 interceptions in a season.

Will Gay nearly had his own record-breaking performance, if not for a phantom flag in the snow (where was it?) but his pick-six was called back. (Boo.)

The Steelers also took Tyrod Taylor down five times in this game, including Buffalo’s very first play from scrimmage.

LeSean McCoy was held to 27 yards rushing, while the Bills struggled (mostly) to do anything on either side of the ball.

Tomlin wins 100th

Often criticized for not winning the games “they should” and often more, “on the road” Mike Tomlin quietly improved to winning his 100th career game in his 10th season… by winning his third straight game on the road… against teams “they should” beat.

Oh, and he achieves his 100th win faster than Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher, while joining greats such as the Redskins’ George Allen, Raiders John Madden, and the world-renowned Vince Lombardi, as those coaches to have 10+ winning seasons without a losing one.

Not bad for Coach T!

Next Up

Three games all against AFC North opponents; the Bengals on the road, and two home games on holidays, first Christmas Day against the Ravens, and finishing on New Year’s Day against the Browns.

Considering how this team has overcome adversity in the latter half of the season, and their trend of winning in December, it would be no surprise to any one if they won-out the remaining schedule, en route to an AFC North championship.

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