Ben Roethlisberger throws three TDs in 26-16 Steelers win

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It took a little bit of time for him to get going, but Ben Roethlisberger will likely be pleased with the final results of his first game since Week Two of last season.

Roethlisberger went 21-of-32 for 229 yards and three touchdowns and the Steelers cruised to a 26-16 win in his return from an elbow injury. The first touchdown came on a throw to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second quarter and he snuck in a second to James Washington just before the half to give the Steelers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

While Roethlisberger was making his return to the lineup, running back Benny Snell was doing his part to ensure he becomes a bigger part of it. Snell ran 19 times for 113 yards and made James Conner‘s departure with an ankle injury an afterthought given how little success Conner had before getting hurt.

Smith-Schuster added another touchdown in the fourth quarter and Diontae Johnson also had several key catches in what wound up being a solid night all around for the Steelers Offense.

There were some good flashes from the Giants Offense as well, including a 19-play drive in the third quarter with the Steelers up by six. The first 18 plays featured Daniel Jones making smart throws and running for gains when nothing was there, but he made a terrible decision to try a throw with edge rusher Bud Dupree bearing down on him on play No. 19. The ball popped into the air and down into Cam Heyward‘s mitts.

Jones hit Darius Slayton for a 41-yard touchdown in the first half and the duo hooked up for another score in garbage time, but Saquon Barkley was rendered totally ineffective by the Steelers Defense. He ran 15 times for six yards and found himself getting swarmed in the backfield on a healthy number of those touches. Pittsburgh also pressured Jones most of the night and got to him for three sacks in a strong overall defensive performance.

The Giants will have to figure out a way to get Barkley going in Chicago next Sunday. The Steelers will hope for some good injury news on Conner and right tackle Zack Banner before their home opener against the Broncos.

16 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger throws three TDs in 26-16 Steelers win

  1. I am much more worried about the ol injuries than Conner, considering how well Benny Snell played. I’m hearing torn pec for Wisnewski and the knee injury for Banner looked bad. With all pro DeCastro already out, depth is rapidly becoming an issue.

    I’ll take the win though! Ben looked rusty but he got better as the game went on, and now Pittsburgh is off to a 1-0 start 🏈🍺

    Go Steelers!

  2. The Steelers defensive secondary won’t scare anyone. They are going to have to rely on the offense to outscore everyone to win games.

  3. Jags have same number of wins, more division wins, more conference wins, and more wins over teams that picked later than third in the draft. Facts

  4. The crew in the booth was the best MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL announcers in years. No BS no what a player should do no what I did when I played just called the game. So refreshing.

  5. Ben in the 2nd half looked like his old self. The Steelers defense looks a little suspect. Although, Daniel Jones actually looked ok.

  6. The crew in the booth was the best MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL announcers in years. No BS no what a player should do no what I did when I played just called the game. So refreshing.

    Good to hear but I wouldn’t know. I stopped listening to the audio a few seasons ago. Mute the sound and put on your favorite music. With today’s graphics who needs the audio?

  7. Ben looked really happy in the post game interview and he gave much credit to his teammates. And the teammates seemed happy to see him back. He seemed to be at peace. This can be a good season.

  8. Good win for the Steelers. I still think their secondary is suspect. Typical Steeler defense with a top 5 pass rush, dominant front 7, but susceptible to great passing teams who can block up the zone blitzes and edge rushers. As a Ravens fan, I definitely don’t feel we’re a lock to win the division. Our weakness right now is Oline and pass rush. I can see that being a problem against the Steelers despite Lamar’s athleticism and our star studded secondary. Should be fun. Nothing but respect for the Steelers.

  9. Respect for the Ravens too, Maukey. Still the best rivalry in football.

    Steelers stacked the box to limit Barkley. 15 carries for 6 yards. Mission accomplished! Steeler D is elite, including the secondary. If the O-Line comes together, this team is a Super Bowl contender.

    BTW, Danny Dimes made some great throws last night.

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