Steelers, Bills bring throwback styles to the table ☕


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Steelers safeties Terrell Edmunds (34) and Minkah Fitzpatrick (39) ready to make a tackle on Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray last week -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The Steelers will wear their Color Rush uniforms Sunday night when they host the Bills.

Given the style both teams like to play, particularly on defense, they might be better suited wearing their throwback uniforms.

The Steelers and Bills both play a throwback style of football. Forget the bells and whistles. Forget the high-flying passing attacks. Forget the old axiom of the best defense being a good offense. In this game, the best defense will be, well, the best defense. This will be a game played and won in the trenches, more akin to a game played 20 years ago than in the wide-open, high-scoring games of today's NFL.

"I’ve always felt good about good defenses controlling the outcome of significant games," Mike Tomlin said. "I believe that is an axiom of football. I think that is never going to change. I think if you have a good defense, you have a chance in any circumstance."

The Steelers (8-5) and Bills (9-4) are living proof of that. Both teams are in the bottom half of the league in scoring offense, with only Buffalo's running game, which ranks fifth in the NFL, being among the league leaders in any positive way. But those defenses, well, they're a different story altogether. They're the driving force as to why these two teams currently hold down the fifth and sixth spots in the AFC playoff race.

And it's hard to decipher which one is playing better, even for the guys involved.

"We talk about it every day. I try to tell him our defense is top notch," said Steelers safety Terrell Edmunds of his brother, Tremaine Edmunds, who is a middle linebacker for the Bills. "He’ll say, ‘Our defense is top-notch, too.’ I guess we’ll see Sunday night. Both defenses are going to put it on the line. You know who I’m rocking with, though."

Both can make a solid argument.

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