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NFL Week 14 PFF ReFocused: Buffalo Bills 26, Pittsburgh Steelers 15

Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

After a slow start to the game, Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs turned it on in the second half to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 26-15 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Story Of The Game

Diggs caught 10 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown should finish PFF’s grading reviews as one of the game’s highest-graded players.

Allen wasn’t perfect on the night and expectably struggled against the Steelers' pass-rush early on, but he rallied late and made enough plays to pick up the win. He completed 24-of-43 passes for 238 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also took just one sack on the night, which is easier said than done against the best pass-rushing defense in the NFL.

Opposite Allen and Diggs, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense couldn’t get off the ground. Big Ben completed just 21-of-37 passes for 187 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. His receivers dropped three passes on the night, but he also missed a handful of throws, including an underthrown deep ball to James Washington that Bills’ Levi Wallace intercepted late in the contest.

Par for the course, Pittsburgh couldn’t run the ball at all against Buffalo. James Conner, Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell Jr. combined for 47 yards on 17 carries (2.8 yards per carry).

ROOKIE WATCH

The game’s two rookie receivers, Chase Claypool and Gabriel Davis, had quiet nights on Sunday. Davis did come down with a clutch touchdown late in the game, but he also logged a drop and finished with just three receptions for 19 yards. Claypool never found the end zone and totaled just 15 receiving yards from three receptions.

Steelers rookie edge defender Alex Highsmith played significant snaps against Buffalo but didn’t leave a lasting mark. On first review, he recorded a missed tackle and earned a sub-60.0 PFF grade.

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