Sep 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) drops to pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Ravens 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Polamalu calls EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills the 'flavor of the week'


The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to get back on the right track Sunday afternoon with an impressive performance over the Buffalo Bills. The Bills offense will be getting back the services of 2013 first-round pick E.J. Manuel, but some comments made by a veteran member of the Steelers defense made it look like they weren’t buying in to the challenge that was ahead of them in Week 10.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was speaking about the upcoming match up against the Bills offense, which he described as the “flavor of the week.”

While Polamalu took a little shot at the team, he did go on to say that the Steelers defense needs to pay close attention to the running game.

“Any time you have someone who can run and pass, it gives them flexibility with their play calling,” Polamalu said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We have to be aware of him scrambling. As a team, we have to get off to a good start. If they want to beat us, they have to control the ball. If they establish the running game, it’ll be a tough game for us.”

The Steelers defense struggled early against the running of Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor two weeks ago, but they were able to shut down and confuse New York Jets rookie Geno Smith early in the season.

Pittsburgh is hoping to bring the same kind of complicated looks and rushes against Manuel, as they hope to notch the win and begin a late season charge to become players in the AFC playoff picture.

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