The ball was spotted at the 4-yard line, but by the time Mike Adams was done with Buffalo's Nigel Bradham, the 323-pound tackle turned part-time tight end was planted on top of the Bills' outside linebacker in the end zone with Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell not far away with a touchdown.

It was only one play during the Steelers' 23-10 win Sunday over Buffalo at Heinz Field, but it was a microcosm of how the Steelers attacked the Bills' front seven. And that was with power football time and again — something that hasn't been done here in almost a year.

“That right there wears down the defense,” said Guy Whimper, who filled in at right tackle for Marcus Gilbert for a series before playing the second half at left guard for the injured Ramon Foster. “You keep running it right at them and go man-to-man.”

For one game, the run-and-we-don't-care-if-you-know mentality was back for the Steelers.

Despite playing largely with a journeyman (Whimper), a replacement center (Fernando Velasco), a young left tackle (Kelvin Beachum) and a right tackle (Gilbert) and right guard (David DeCastro) with sore ankles, the Steelers rushed for 136 yards on 33 carries.

But how they accomplished it was much more revealing.

“That's what you want to do. You want to run the ball in that fashion,” DeCastro said. “When you control games, you win games.”

The Steelers held a sizeable advantage in time of possession (35:16 to 24:44) that would have been greater if not for Buffalo's five-minute touchdown drive to end the game.