By Jay Skurski
Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore continues to have a target on his back today against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
Gilmore was victimized again by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who connected with receiver Antonio Brown for a 40-yard gain on Pittsburgh's first play of their second offensive series in the third quarter. That got the Steelers down to the Bills' 18-yard line.
Five plays later, rookie running back Le'Veon Bell ran in from 4 yards out to give Pittsburgh a 17-3 lead.
Costly penalty: Marcell Dareus made a big play early in the third quarter when he forced a fumble by Roethlisberger on a third down, which led to a Pittsburgh punt. But Dareus made a critical mistake later in the quarter when he jumped offside on a fourth-and-3 play on which the Steelers were going to attempt a field goal. That gave Pittsburgh a first down, leading to Bell's touchdown.
Day to forget: Bills punter Brian Moorman has struggled this afternoon. Moorman's two punts in the third quarter were both mediocre. The first went into the end zone for a touchback, and the second was returned 24 yards by Antonio Brown. That meant Moorman had a net average of just 24.5 yards on the two punts.
Third-down struggles: The Bills' offense went just 1 of 4 on third downs in the third quarter, continuing a trend from the first half, when the team was just 1 of 6.
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