Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steelers' Defense, Keyed by Woodson, Smothers Bills 23-10 Cornerback Scores, Creates Another Td

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Steelers' Defense, Keyed by Woodson, Smothers Bills 23-10 Cornerback Scores, Creates Another Td

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If cornerback Rod Woodson hadn't been voted to the National Football League's 75th anniversary team this season, the league might be demanding a re-count.

Woodson, single-handedly accounting for more scoring the last two weeks than Pittsburgh's offense, returned an interception for a touchdown and forced a fumble for another to lead the Steelers past the Buffalo Bills 23-10 Monday night.

Gary Anderson, again the only productive member of the Steelers' no-go offense, kicked three field goals to move into sixth place on the NFL's career list with 302 as Pittsburgh won its second successive game without an offensive touchdown. Jan Stenerud leads NFL kickers with 373.

Woodson was the Steelers' main offensive producer, though.

With two receivers split right, Woodson laid off Bill Brooks, the Bills outside receiver, by 10 yards.

Timing Jim Kelly's pass, Woodson raced in front of Brooks, intercepted the ball and went untouched down the sideline 37 yards for the score, which helped give the Steelers a 10-0 lead with under a minute to play in the first quarter.

Later, with Buffalo down only a touchdown after Kelly's 19-yard scoring pass to Andre Reed, Woodson blitzed and dislodged the ball from Kelly near the goal line. Defensive end Gerald Williams fell on it in the end zone for his first touchdown in nine NFL seasons.

Rookie defensive tackle Brentson Buckner added to the Bills' growing frustration, blocking a 32-yard field goal attempt by Steve Christie in the fourth quarter - Christie's first miss in 18 tries this season.

Anderson, who last week kicked a field goal in overtime after Woodson forced a critical fumble in the Steelers' 12-9 victory over Houston, is seven for seven the last two weeks, 17 for 18 this season and 45 for 48 the last two seasons.

While the Steelers (7-3) again proved it's possible to win in the NFL without much offense - they've won three of their last four despite scoring only two offensive touchdowns - the Bills (5-5) are in desperate straits well before the Super Bowl. …

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