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Points after: Steelers 38, Bills 7

By Tim Graham

Some quick thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 38-7 exhibition loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Ralph Wilson Stadium ...

Bills star of the game: Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams was phenomenal even though he might not have the stats to show it. He routinely got penetration into the Steelers' backfield, bringing down running back Isaac Redman for a 3-yard loss and stuffing Jonathan Dwyer for no gain. Defensive end Mario Williams (two sacks) and Fred Jackson (seven carries for 34 yards and a touchdown) are honorable mentions.

Play of the night: On a crossing pattern, Bills receiver David Nelson stretched to flag down a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass, kept his stride and sprinted up the left sideline, stretching for the goal line. Nelson was ruled down at the 1-yard line, setting up Jackson's touchdown run two plays later.

Fitzpatrick struggles to find the mark: Fitzpatrick got jostled around all night and completed seven of his 18 throws for 89 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. But don't start thinking about a quarterback controversy. Vince Young completed just 12 of his 26 passes for 103 yards and had two interceptions.

Two-minute trouble: Buffalo's starters turned in a strong defensive effort until Pittsburgh's final series of the first half. Ben Roethlisberger orchestrated an 11-play, 98-yard touchdown drive. The key gain was a 33-yard sideline strike to Dwyer on a third-and-9 play. It was the only time Pittsburgh reached third down on the possession.

Stormin' Moorman: Brian Moorman had another great night. Moorman forced the Steelers to start possessions on their 4-, 12-, 8- and 2-yard lines. His other punt was a 50-yard drive to the 21.

Stat line of the night: Backup running back Tashard Choice went a long way to solidifying a spot on the roster. He ran seven times for 50 yards and had one reception for 18 yards.

Coming up: The Bills play the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Thursday night. It will be their final preseason game.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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