ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Well, this might be a really good time for BillsMafia to pump the brakes on making those Super Bowl reservations.

The Buffalo Bills, a trendy pick by many to not only win the AFC but also win Super Bowl 56, are 0-1 after a lackluster offensive performance which led to a 23-16 defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A sellout crowd at Highmark Stadium could not have been more excited to finally be back in person, en masse, to watch this team that won the AFC East and advanced to the AFC championship game last year. Unfortunately, that was not the team they saw.

This Bills outfit was a discombobulated mess on offense, one that looked nothing like the 2020 version that scored a franchise record 501 points. Josh Allen was off all day, never able to get comfortable behind an offensive line that was annihilated by a very good Steelers defense.

Sep 12, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) strips Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) causing a turn over during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Quite frankly, the offense was unrecognizable. There was no rhythm, no big play ability, Allen was skittish in his decisions and his accuracy was circa 2018-19 on far too many plays. And though it played well most of the way, the defense never made a stop in the second half, yielding four scoring drives that yielded 16 of Pittsburgh’s 23 points.

The only way the game could have started better for Buffalo is if Isaiah McKenzie had taken the opening kickoff 25 yards further which would have put him in the end zone.

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