From V-Ry The Sports Guy, 9/13/21
The excitement was palpable for the start of the NFL season, the stands were packed, the crowd was loud. It was the first meaningful game in front of the fans in over a year and the Bills came out at a dull roar. The offense looked rusty, the defense was lethargic, and the coaching was severely lacking. The end result was a 23-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Josh Allen was inconsistent all afternoon failing to get into rhythm in the passing game. Once again offensive coordinator Brian Daboll underutilized Devin Singletary never really establishing the running game. The overall offensive play calling was suspect all game. The defense looked out of sync throughout the game and Levi Wallace proved to still be a liability in coverage on the outside. Special teams were mostly good except for a lapse in protection on a blocked punt that changed the complexion of the game.
The Bills third quarter woes seemed to continue from last season as the team was unable to get anything going coming out of the halftime break. The Bills have a lot to work on heading into week two, but it’s only one game after all and they have 16 more to get things going in the right direction. The team’s next game is home against the Dolphins who are coming off a win over the Patriots.