Big Big, Steelers defeat Saints 27-14 for first preseason win

Posted on Aug 27 2016 - 12:14pm by Rachael McKriger
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The Pittsburgh Steelers showed their dominance at the helm of Ben Roethlisberger.

After losing their first two preseason games with Bruce Gradkowski and Landry Jones as their starting quarterbacks, Roethlisberger came into the picture for preseason Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints.

Roethlisberger and his offensive unit drove down the field twice, scoring a touchdown on their opening two drives. The first touchdown came off a five-yard pass to tight end Jesse James. The second touchdown came off a 57 yard-pass and run to Antonio Brown.

After the two drives, Roethlisberger took the bench and gave Jones the reins. Jones, who has had a horrendous preseason (which includes throwing four interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2 preseason), picked up the pace and threw for 206 yards on 19/22 completed passes. Jones had a single touchdown to receiver Sammie Coates in the second quarter.

The Steelers’ last points came from kicker Chris Boswell, who has reclaimed his job after Shaun Suisham announced his retirement this summer, as he netted both a 40 and 48 yard field goals.

As for the Saints, their points came from a Drew Brees touchdown to Willie Snead in the second quarter. Brees then took the bench and gave the reins to Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson. Grayson had a touchdown pass to Tommylee Lewis in the third quarter.

On the defensive front, Vince Williams led the team with five tackles and three assisted tackles. Javon Hargrave was the only player to have a sack and Williams and Lawrence Timmons each had a single forced fumble. On Timmons forced fumble, it was Ross Cockrell who picked it up, but the referee ruled it out of bounds, which proved to be the wrong call.

Making the Steelers’ only interception was rookie linebacker from Temple University, Tyler Matakevich, as he picked off Grayson in the fourth quarter.

The Steelers will now travel to North Carolina to face the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, September 1. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Photo of Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images.

Photo of Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images.

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