Bills open season with 23-16 loss to Steelers (full coverage)

The Buffalo Bills were hit with a rude awakening at the start of their 2021 season, losing 23-16 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. As Highmark Stadium was overflowing and humming with excited fans, the Bills seemed a little too wound up, and rarely found an offensive rhythm against the Steelers. They gave up 20 unanswered points in the second half, weren’t able to put together a comeback, and will start the season 0-1.

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The Buffalo Bills open their 2021 season at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a huge AFC matchup between the two playoff contenders.

The Bills are coming off a 13-3 2020 season, and expectations remain high in 2021, as Josh Allen looks to build on his growing presence in the NFL’s fraternity of quarterbacks. Coming off a Pro-Bowl selection, Allen has Buffalo fans thinking about the Super Bowl.

The Steelers went 12-4 last season, including an 11-0 stretch to start the season, but struggled down the stretch. Ben Roethlisberger returns for his 18th season at quarterback, and will have a new member in the backfield in 24th overall draft pick, Najee Harris, at running back.

This will be the first matchup between Buffalo and Pittsburgh since December 13, 2020; a 26-13 Bills victory.

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