(Orchard Park) Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes, safety back Taron Johnson returned an interception 51 yards for a major and the Buffalo Bills defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-15 on Sunday night.
The Bills have won for the sixth time in their last seven outings and are getting closer and closer to a first American Association Eastern Division title since 1995.
The Buffalo team could secure the title and a third playoff appearance in four years if the Baltimore Ravens lose to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.
The Steelers (11-2) lead the North American section, but lost for the second time in six days. They find themselves in a Kansas City Chiefs game (12-1) for the first place of the American.
The Pittsburgh side secured a playoff spot even before the kickoff, however, due to the Miami Dolphins’ loss to the Chiefs earlier today.
The Bills won 10 of their first 13 games of the season for the first time since 1991.
Allen kept his side behind when he threw two touchdown passes in the space of 3:21 in the second half, taking the Bills’ lead to 23-7.
He started the third quarter by capping an eight-play, 68-yard streak with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs. After four uneventful plays for the Steelers, Allen led a 57-yard push that ended with a 13-yard touchdown pass to rookie Gabriel Davis.
Allen has been involved in 35 touchdowns this season, with 28 passing, six rushing and one receiving, breaking the team record for a single campaign. Jim Kelly had participated in 34 touchdowns in 1991.
Allen completed 24 of his 43 passes for gains of 238 yards and an interception. Diggs caught 10 balls for a total of 130 yards. Acquired in March in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, Diggs hit the 100 catches plateau this season, tying Eric Molds’ team record, set in 2002.
The Steelers have continued to be nothing like the group that set a team record by winning their first 11 games of the season. Mike Tomlin’s men were limited to less than 20 points for a third straight outing.
Ben Roethlisberger had 21 of his 37 passes for gains of 187 yards. He threw a touchdown pass to James Washington and JuJu Smith-Schuster, but he also suffered two interceptions.