The Mike Tomlin-led Pittsburgh Steelers started the season with 11 straight wins, but they’ve dropped their last two games. And they can apparently thank a TikTok video for their most recent loss to the Bills.
Buffalo beat the Steelers 26-15 on Sunday. After the game, Bills defensive back Jordan Poyer said the team had “extra fire” after Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster posted a video of himself dancing on the Bills’ logo during pregame warm-ups.
“I ain’t going to lie. Seeing them dancing on our logo pregame and seeing all that, that turns you up a little bit,” Poyer told New York Upstate. “It kind of gives you a little second itch to come out and play with some extra fire.”
Bills quarterback Josh Allen even referenced the video during his pregame speech in the tunnel.
However, Pittsburgh coach Tomlin isn’t buying it. He said he hadn’t heard of the video until Wednesday, but he doesn’t think it played any role in the team’s loss.
“You know, these are professional players. These guys are motivated each and every week. Sometimes they say things in an effort to provide, you know, a vision of motivation and things of that nature, but I doubt, knowing the group that coaches that team, Sean McDermott, I’m sure that they were motivated in all the proper ways and that had very little relevance in terms of how the game was played.”
This isn’t the first time a TikTok from Smith-Schuster has caused an issue. Earlier this season, he promised in one that if he scored a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys, he would recreate Terrell Owens’ famous celebration on the Cowboys’ star at midfield. He did score, and he did try to make it to midfield with the ball. But the Cowboys were ready for him thanks to the video.
Mike Tomlin Gives Another Reason for the Loss to Bills
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin gave a blunt assessment of his team after their second loss. They got outplayed, he said.
“I thought in all elements of play, they were the more physical group,” Tomlin said according to CBS Sports. “They’re a physical football team in general, and so they’re capable of that. But for us, regardless of circumstance, we don’t want to make that comment. But that comment is true as it pertains to that matchup. We’ve got to be accountable to that, and we are. We’ve got to make sure that we’re not saying that moving forward. There haven’t been a lot of situations where we can say that, but definitely, I thought they were the most physical group.”
The Steelers will take on the rival Bengals on Monday night in Cincinnati. A team that put out a video that angered Pittsburgh players earlier this season.