The Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 NFL season is underway. The team kicked off their NFL season with a dominant road win on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins.
Steelers’ fans seemed to have some nerves going into the game. The team was without three of their top offensive weapons for the game. Wide receiver Markus Wheaton suffered a shoulder injury before the game and running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Martavis Bryant are currently serving a suspension. While Bryant’s suspension is for the whole year, Bell’s is only for the first three regular season games.
However, that didn’t prevent quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from leading his team against Kirk Cousins’ Redskins team. The quarterback, who is entering his 13th NFL season, threw for three touchdowns and 300 yards on 27/37 completed passes. Roethlisberger did have one interception, which came from miscommunication between him and his new, young receiver Eli Rogers.
That was seemingly the only time Rogers slipped up. In his NFL regular season debut, Rogers had himself a day. Rogers caught six passes from Roethlisberger, accumulating 59 yards. Rogers earned his first NFL touchdown, as the potential touchdown to Sammie Coates went toward Rogers.
However, leading the receivers in numbers and an overall leadership aspect was Antonio Brown. Brown recorded eight receptions for 126 yards. Brown scored two touchdowns, and celebrated the way Brown only does: by dancing. However, Brown’s “twerk” dance brought on a flag.
DeAngelo Williams didn’t earn a flag for his touchdown celebration, in which he took a bow. After listening to questions about his age all offseason, Williams rushed for 143 yards off 26 rush attempts. Williams also silenced age critics by scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
As for the defense, the Steelers’ man of the evening was linebacker Ryan Shazier. Shazier recorded five tackles, a single interception, and a forced fumble. Also recording an interception was linebacker James Harrison.
While the Steelers’ couldn’t get to Redskins’ quarterback Cousins, they did prevent any of the Redskins wide receivers from scoring a touchdown. The Redskins’ only touchdown came from Chris Thompson on a one yard rush. The Redskins also had three converted field goals from Dustin Hopkins.
The Steelers will now return to Heinz Field to host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, September 18. The game will kick off at 1 pm. ET.