Steelers GameDay Cheat Sheet: Week 1 at the Buffalo Bills

Steelers GameDay Cheat Sheet is a weekly series featuring a quick glance at the upcoming Steelers game, including odds, records, things to watch for, and how to watch/listen to the game.

Series Notes

  • All-Time: Steelers lead 16-11
    • Last: Bills Win, 26-15 (Dec. 13, 2020)
  • Home: Steelers lead 10-3
    • Last: Bills Win, 17-10 (Dec. 15, 2019)
  • Away: 11/18/18: Steelers 20 at Jaguars 16
    • Last: Bills Win, 26-15 (Dec. 13, 2020)
  • Neutral: N/A

Gameday Information

  • Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • Time: 1:00 PM ET
  • Location: Highmark Stadium (Orchard Park, NY)
  • Capacity 71,608 (Natural Grass)
  • TV: CBS, locally on KDKA-TV (see TV coverage below)
    • Ian Eagle (play-by-play)
    • Charles Davis (analysis)
    • Evan Washburn (sideline)
  • Radio
    • SIRIUS: 104 (Pit.), 82 (Buf.)
    • XM: 382 (Pit.), 227 (Buf.)
    • SXM App: 826 (Pit.), 803 (Buf.)
  • Radio: Steelers Radio Network (48 affiliates – see below)
    • Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play)
    • Craig Wolfley (analysis)
    • Max Starks (field reporter)
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert

Steelers TV Coverage

Image courtesy of 506sports.com – Steelers coverage in RED

Week 1 NFL Coverage


Game Capsule

Steelers Bills
COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 4-2 Sean McDermott: 2-0
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 26.0/19.5 31.3/23.4
OFFENSE 334.6 396.4
PASSING Ben Roethlisberger: 399-608-3803-33-10-94.1 Josh Allen: 396-572-4544-37-10-107.2
RUSHING Benny Snell: 111-368-3.3-4 Devin Singletary: 156-687-4.4-2
RECEIVING JuJu Smith-Schuster: 97-831-8.6-9 Stefon Diggs: 127 (1L)-1535 (1L)-12.1-8
DEFENSE 305.8 352.5
SACKS T.J. Watt: 15 (1L) Mario Addison, A.J. Klein: 5
INTs Minkah Fitzpatrick: 4 Tre’Davious White: 3
TAKE/GIVE +9 (27/18) +4 (26/22)
PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin (R): NFL debut in 2021 Matt Haack (Mia.): 44.7 (39.8)
KICKING Chris Boswell: 91 (34/38 PAT; 19/20 FG) Tyler Bass: 141 (57/59 PAT; 28/34 FG)

Steelers Notes

  • QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 3,803 yards & 33 TDs in 2020, his 10th-career season with 3,500+ pass yards. Ranks 7th in NFL history with 60,348 career pass yards. Has 396 career TD passes & can become 8th QB ever with 400+ TD passes. Had 2+ TD passes in 6 of 7 road starts last season.
  • RB NAJEE HARRIS was selected 24th overall in 2021 NFL Draft.
  • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER led team with 97 catches last season, his 2nd-career season with 95+ catches (111 in 2018). Had career-high 9 rec. TDs in 2020. Had 6 catches for 55 yards & TD in last meeting. WR DIONTAE JOHNSON set career highs in catches (88), rec. yards (team-high 923) & rec. TDs (7) last season. Has 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 62 catches for 873 yards & led all rookies with 9 rec. TDs in 2020, tied-most ever by Pit. rookie. Smith-Schuster (831), Johnson & Claypool were only trio of AFC teammates each with 800+ rec. yards last season.
  • LB T.J. WATT led NFL with career-high 15 sacks in 2020 & became 6th player since 1990 with 13+ sacks in 3 straight seasons. Since 2017, ranks 3rd in NFL with 49.5 sacks. LB MELVIN INGRAM makes Pit. debut. Has 7+ sacks in 5 of past 6 seasons. LB JOE SCHOBERT makes Pit. debut. Ranked 4th in NFL with 141 tackles in 2020 with Jax. DT CAMERON HEYWARD has 55.5 sacks since 2013, 2nd-most among DTs. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK led team with 4 INTs last season. CB JOE HADEN led team with 12 PD in 2020. Leads NFL with 149 PD since 2010.

Bills Notes

  • QB JOSH ALLEN set franchise records in pass yards (4,544) & TD passes (37) & had 8 rush TDs last season, becoming 1st player in NFL history with 4,500+ pass yards, 35+ TD passes & 5+ rush TDs in single season. Passed for 238 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Had 22 TDs (17 pass, 5 rush) vs. 6 INTs & 103 rating in 8 regular season home games last season.
  • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 956 scrimmage yards (687 rush, 269 rec.) in 2020, his 2nd-consecutive season with 950+ scrimmage yards. RB ZACK MOSS ranked 5th among AFC rookies with 481 rush yards in 2020.
  • WR STEFON DIGGS led NFL with 127 catches & 1,535 rec. yards in 2020, 6th-most catches ever in single season. Had 75+ rec. yards in 15 games last season, incl. playoffs, tied 2nd-most ever in single season. Had 10 catches for 130 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row at home, incl. playoffs, with 75+ rec. yards. WR COLE BEASLEY set career-highs in catches (82) & rec. yards (967) in 2020. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS makes Buf. debut. Has 60+ catches & 700+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons.
  • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had team-high 3 INTs in 2020 & is only player in NFL with 50+ PD (54) & 15+ INTs (15) since 2017. Has 3 PD & 2 INTs in 2 career games vs. Pit. S JORDAN POYER had 118 tackles last season, tied-most among all DBs. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. Pit. CB TARON JOHNSON set career-bests in tackles
    (93) & PD (7) in 2020. Had 51-yard INT-TD in last meeting. LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with 119 tackles last season.

Steelers Radio Coverage

Flagship Stations

  • WDVE-FM (102.5)
  • WBGG-AM (970)

Pennsylvania Affiliates

  • Altoona-WVAM (1430)
  • Altoona-WRKY (104.9)
  • Beaver Falls-WBVP (1230)
  • Beaver Falls-WMBA (1460)
  • Bedford-WBVE (107.5)
  • Butler-WISR (680)
  • Chambersburg-WCHA (800)
  • Clarendon-WKNB (104.3)
  • Clarion-WCCR (92.7)
  • Cooperstown-WUUZ (107.7)
  • DuBois-WIFT (102.1)
  • DuBois-WKFT (101.3)
  • Erie-WRKT (104.9)
  • Johnstown-WNTJ (1490)
  • Johnstown-WRKW (99.1)
  • Latrobe-WCNS (1480)
  • Milton-WVLY (100.9)
  • Saegertown-WUZZ (94.3)
  • Somerset-WNTI (990)
  • Starview-WONN (92.7)
  • State College-WQWK (1450)
  • Uniontown-WMBS (590)
  • Washington-WJPA (1450)
  • Williamsport-WCXR (99.3)
  • Williamsport-WZXR (103.7)

Maryland Affiliates

  • Cumberland-WRQE (106.1)
  • Hagerstown-WHAG (1410)

Ohio Affiliates

  • Fremont-WOHF (92.1)
  • Marietta-WJAW (630)
  • Youngstown-WNIO (1390)

Virginia Affiliates

  • Vienna-WDMX (100.1)

West Virginia Affiliates

  • Fairmont-WRLF (94.3)
  • Fairmont-WMMN (920)
  • New Martinsville-WXCR (92.3)

 

Statistics and game information courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers and/or National Football League.

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