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Buffalo Bills Cap Off Week in Pennsylvania with Preseason Tilt Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

August 16th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101
The Buffalo Bills have seen plenty of the Pittsburgh Steelers already this week, and the two teams will share the field one more time Saturday night.
The Bills will play their third preseason of the game at Heinz Field at 7:30 p.m. Having already played two preseason games at this early point in the preseason, coach Doug Marrone said the Bills won't treat it like the traditional third game, in which most teams give their starters extended playing time.
The two teams spent two days this week taking part in a joint practice. Marrone said that time and the extra preseason game will only help his team improve:
"From a competition standpoint, it was obviously outstanding and I think that’s what you’re doing. I think both sides got a lot of great work. It’s very difficult to duplicate in a setting amongst our own team. From that standpoint, it’s a great evaluation for us and it’s a great chance to see players that may step up or not. We’ll look at it form a cumulative standpoint of the two days plus the game. I think now the part at least for us is there will be some separation from players and we will have to make decisions after the third preseason game."
The Bills are in the midst of a 14-year playoff drought, but the Steelers are – at least for them – in a quagmire of their own. Two straight 8-8 seasons have left them out of the postseason, a string not seen in Pittsburgh since 1999-2000.
The Steelers practiced like a team desperate to return to the playoff this week, at times pushing the Bills around at will. Buffalo responded after an initial period of seeming paralyzation, something Marrone commended:
"I think the players were focused on trying to get better, and that’s what we were trying to make sure they were focused on. Coming out of here against different types of players, different types of schemes and getting better. That’s what I’ve talked to the players about."
The Bills enter the game at 1-1, having lost to the New York Giants and beaten the Carolina Panthers. The Steelers also lost to the Giants this preseason.

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