The Steelers have long relied on a solid running game and pressure defense to carry them to victories. Neither of those elements has been present in most of Pittsburgh’s games this season. As a result they’ve had to rely on Ben Roethlisberger delivering a big play to try and move the ball and score points.
Roethlisberger hasn’t been bad in providing some of those plays as the Steelers rank seventh in the league in plays of 20 yards or more with 37 in eight games. At the same time they’ve become a predominantly passing team.
They’ve thrown the football by almost a 2:1 margin (309-167). Not surprisingly, the Steelers have gotten 70 percent of their first downs via the pass (109 of 155) this season.
To provide perspective the Bills have converted just 48 percent of their first downs by passing (84 of 176).
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