It is hard to deny that the Steelers look primed on offense to be more explosive when they were able to score their first touchdown of the game in two plays. First a short pass was sent Dri Archer‘s direction, which may or may not have made the Bills look for a run on the following play. On a quick slant across the center of the field, wideout Antonio Brown was wide open for Roethlisberger to hit. Brown’s subsequent 76-yard catch-and-run burned the Bills defensive backs.
Shazier showed up – big time. “I thought he did some good things,” said Tomlin after the game, “but not unlike what he’s done when he’s worked from…the instant he got here he’s proven that it’s not to big for him. So I can’t tell you that I’m surprised by his effort tonight, I’m not.”
As for receiver Markus Wheaton making a toe-tapping reception in the back corner of the end zone on a nice pass from Roethlisberger – that didn’t surprise Tomlin either.
Robert Golden may not have gotten the attention of some, but his play on the field was a big step up. Golden was able to strip Bills tight end Scott Chandler of an end-zone pass thrown by E.J. Manuel. Golden also recorded a fumble recovery in the third quarter, forced by Shamarko Thomas, and added an interception as an exclamation point. In fact, Golden and Thomas looked good in tandem together. Thomas was responsible for a big stop against Bills running back Fred Jackson in the redzone and had his share of big hits.