- Associated Press - Sunday, August 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger needed all of two series to reach the end zone twice on Saturday night.

At the rate EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills are going it might take a month to reach that total.

Maybe longer if they don’t have dynamic rookie receiver Sammy Watkins.

The latest rebuilding process remains a work in progress in Buffalo. The Pittsburgh Steelers offered a glimpse that theirs might already be done.

Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 76-yard score on Pittsburgh’s second play from scrimmage and found Markus Wheaton for a 16-yard score as the Steelers edged the Bills 19-16 for their first preseason win in nearly two years.

“I think we came out and started fast,” Brown said. “We got some things going in a positive direction.”

Working almost exclusively out of the no-huddle, Roethlisberger finished 8 of 11 for 128 yards and the two scores. Shaun Suisham’s 20-yard field goal as time expired ended Pittsburgh’s five-game losing streak in exhibitions.

“The communication was what I wanted to work on and we didn’t have any mental errors of what I saw so far,” Roethlisberger said.

EJ Manuel completed 17 of 27 passes for 148 yards and an interception while playing the entire first half for Buffalo (1-2).

But the Bills’ starting offense failed to reach the end zone for the third straight game.

Watkins left early in the first quarter with a rib contusion and did not return. It’s uncertain whether the fourth overall pick in the draft will be available when the Bills host Tampa Bay next weekend.

“They’re going to run tests and everything and we’ll see how he is,” Buffalo coach Doug Marrone said.

Watkins walked off the field clutching his side during Buffalo’s first drive after Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier jumped over him while attempting to break up a pass attempt.

Minus the dynamic playmaker the Bills view as a pivotal part of the team’s future, Buffalo’s offense continued a familiar and frustrating pattern.

Manuel played well during a pair of joint practices with the Steelers this week and had little trouble doing it under the lights. Buffalo moved the ball with relative ease during a half in which the first-string offense racked up 212 total yards.

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