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Steelers’ Offense Dominates On Monday Night Football

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The Pittsburgh Steelers start off the 2016 season with a win over the Washington Redskins in dominating fashion.

The goal for the Pittsburgh Steelers offense the last couple years has been to score at least 30 points every game. The only question has been whether or not they would be healthy enough to have their key players to contribute to that goal. The Steelers started off this year right with a 38-16 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football, and they didn’t even have Le’Veon Bell or Markus Wheaton in the lineup. With Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Deangelo Williams, the Steelers are still going to be a tough matchup against any defense.

The game didn’t start off the way the Steelers would have liked. The first quarter included a miscommunication between Roethlisberger and Eli Rogers that led to an interception, along with the defense bending but not breaking by allowing two early field goals. Through one quarter of game the Steelers were down 6-0 with the offense looking completely out of rhythm.

The second quarter started and it was all Steelers from there on out. A key play was when Roethlisberger fumbled the football in the Steelers territory and he somehow managed to recover the football among a pile of players to save what would have been great field position for the Redskins. The Steelers managed an 11-play 87 yard drive which ended with a 29 yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown converted on a 4th and 1 opportunity.

The next Redskins possession ended with the Steelers defense forcing a turnover on downs, and gave the offense the ball back one more time before halftime. The Steelers put together another magnificent drive, going 67 yards on 14 plays, ending it with a touchdown pass to Eli Rogers that bounced off a defender, then bounced off of his own face and into his hands for the score. A true testament to how hard Ben Roethlisberger throws the football.

The Steelers offense never looked back, scoring on 4 out of 5 drives in the second half. Including a field goal by Chris Boswell, another score by Antonio Brown, and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter by the workhorse Deangelo Williams. All of this being possible because of the great job the offensive line did all night. Creating lanes for Williams to run through, giving Ben enough time to find his receivers, and only allowing one sack on the night. Maurkice Pouncey looked as healthy as ever, David Decastro looks like a man who just got paid, and Alejandro Villanueva makes Ben Roethlisberger look small.

With the secondary still being a huge question, defensive coordinator Keith Butler had to be very creative with his play calling. The Steelers used many different looks and switched out just about every cornerback and safety throughout the game. The linebackers were probably the best coverage guys all night, hauling in two interceptions, one by Ryan Shazier and one by the ageless wonder James Harrison.

The Steelers made it look easy the final three quarters of the game, but there are still mistakes that need to be fixed. The youth of the receivers is going to be a test for them all year, along with the youth of the secondary. They will have to maintain their fluidity they had at offense next week as the Pittsburgh Steelers face off against division opponent Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field.

Key stats and notes from Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Washington Redskins

  • Ben Roethlisberger passed Dan Fouts for 12th all-time in passing yards with 43,295
  • Ben Roethlisberger passed Joe Montana and tied Vinny Testaverde for 12th with 275 all-time passing touchdowns
  • Deangelo Williams (33 years old) became the oldest running back since Jerome Bettis to run for 100+ yards and score two touchdowns
  • Antonio Brown had his 26th 100-yard receiving game
  • Ryan Shazier came out of the game in the fourth quarter due to injury, but staff said it was simply precautionary
  • Pittsburgh Steelers have won 6 straight games against the Redskins