Sunday afternoon fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers finally got what they wanted, the regular season to begin. A chance for them, and their favorite team, to get the taste of the 2020 regular season out of their mouths. While it was good for the team to be back on the field, the job in Week 1 wasn’t an easy one. The Steelers started their regular season on the road against the AFC power house Buffalo Bills.
The Steelers won the opening kickoff, and chose to defer their possession to the start of the second half. That meant it was Josh Allen and company taking the field to start the first quarter. Isaiah McKenzie took the ball at the goal line and raced 75 yards to put the Bills’ offense in the red-zone. However, Josh Allen wasn’t able to even contribute a first down, and the Bills settled for a Tyler Bass 37-yard field goal to give them an early 3-0 lead.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense took over with 13:30 remaining in the first quarter, and while the drive didn’t equate in points, it was a drive which saw the Steelers near midfield before Pressley Harvin was called upon to flip the field.
The rookie’s punt pinned the Bills at their own 12-yard line to start their second drive, and despite multiple holding calls on the Buffalo offense, Allen was able to string together several first downs before their drive stalled at midfield.
The Steelers’ offense took over at their own 20-yard line with 5:05 left in the first quarter, but a three-and-out gave the ball right back to Buffalo.
After a three-and-out of their own, the Steelers’ offense was back on the field and driving to end the first quarter.