Four reasons why the Bills lost:
1. Player selection. This team is not the same with Breida instead of Moss. I like Breida, and I like his spirit, but he in no way is a substitute for Zach Moss. I don't yet know why Moss was out, but he was missed. Similarly, if Gilliam is on the roster and you're not going to use him in short yardage, well, then get him off of the roster.
2. Preparedness. That is the slowest O-Line I've seen in a long time. Actually, the entire offense looked like they were hungover.
3. Refs. When will I see a game where I don't have to complain about the stripes? The holding calls against Buffalo were legit (with the possible exception of the second one), but where were the corresponding calls on the other side of the ball? The PI call against the Bills on the Steelers' go-ahead drive was absurd and looked planned. And there was at least one play where a Steeler, tackled for a five- or six-yard loss, was given only a two yard loss. Shabby as usual. And shabby against the Bills as usual. I'll leave it to others to decide whether it was deliberate.
4. Coaching. McDermott was way too conservative in the first half. There were opportune times to go on fourth, but he punted, so he had to go on fourth late instead. There were opportune times to pass, but he ran. There was a flea-flicker on 3d and 1, which is nice and daring if you're going to follow it up with going for it on 4th and 1, but he didn't. The same goes on the defensive side of the ball. You've got a team with a completely new O-line. BLITZ THEM. No, no; let's play it safe and let the linebackers and secondary make tackles. Really bad job.