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NFL Preseason Preview - Buffalo (1-1) at Pittsburgh (0-1)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - As rumors continue to swirl about the future of the Buffalo Bills off the field, Doug Marrone is trying to get his team ready for the 2014 season on it.

That process continues in the Steel City on Saturday when the Bills visit the Pittsburgh Steelers for preseason action.

Buffalo evened its exhibition record at 1-1 last week with a hard-fought 20-18 victory in Charlotte over the Panthers as Jeff Tuel's touchdown pass with six minutes left in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference.

Tuel, who is competing for the Bills' backup job with Thad Lewis, finished 4- for-5 for 24 yards with an interception and connected with Chris Summers from a yard out to make it a 20-12 game in the final stanza.

Carolina clawed back as Joe Webb's 31-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Williams with 1:43 to play got the Panthers within two points, 20-18, but Webb's pass on a two-point conversion fell incomplete as the Bills held on.

Buffalo's starting QB, E.J. Manuel, went 9-for-13 for 96 yards in the team's first three drives. The second-year quarterback completed his first seven pass attempts before throwing an incompletion.

The Steelers, meanwhile, came up empty in their first exhibition game, falling to the New York Giants 20-16 thanks to Curtis Painter's 3-yard touchdown pass to Corey Washington late in the fourth quarter.

Ben Roethlisberger played the first drive for Pittsburgh and went 1-for-2, connecting with Dri Archer on a 46-yard pass to help set up Shaun Suisham's 26-yard field goal less than five minutes in.

The Steelers lead their preseason series with Buffalo by a substantial 7-2 margin.

08/14 11:43:38 ET