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Buffalo Bills Quarterbacks Have Terrible Outing in Loss to Pittsburgh Steelers

August 16th, 2014 at 11:39 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

EJ Manuel laid an egg in tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as all eyes were on him again to see how he would progress as the preseason continues.

Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel had similar performances.

Manuel completed 17 passes for 148 yards and an interception. He also missed multiple open throws, including one to Robert Woods on third down. Manuel looked to take a step back from last week's promising performance, despite reports that he had a solid week of practice, and the No. 1 unit still failed to score a touchdown.

Lewis had an abbreviated outing, completing just one pass and also throwing an interception. Lewis has taken the second-string snaps in the last two preseason games, but has not looked anywhere near as good as he did last season when he played in relief of the injured Manuel.

Tuel had a rough go as well, but most of his issues could be attributed to poor offensive line play. Tuel was constantly under pressure, and while he didn't throw an interception, he lost a fumble on Buffalo's final possession, which led to Pittsburgh's game-winning field goal.

As if things couldn't get much worse for the Bills, their defense failed to get to the quarterback, and allowed Antonio Brown to gash them with a 76-yard touchdown catch on a quick slant route. Sammy Watkins was injured in the first quarter with a bruised rib, and did not return to the game.

One of the few bright spots for Buffalo was the play of Landon Cohen. Cohen earned a tackle and recovered a fumble for the Bills, which he nearly returned for a touchdown.

Because they played in the Hall of Fame game, the Bills get an extra preseason game, and it appears they will need it. Their quarterback play has been inconsistent all preseason and they have yet to score a touchdown with their first unit all preseason.

Buffalo will take the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium next Saturday against Tampa Bay. The game is also the annual preseason Kid's Day for Buffalo, where concessions will be available at family-friendly prices. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 4:30 pm.

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