Shorthanded Steelers Show off Top Contender Form with MNF Road Win over Redskins

September 13, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Monday night's victory over the Washington Redskins won't become Pittsburgh Steelers lore. The footage won't be used as an example of flawless football. The Steelers beat the Redskins, but the Redskins also went out of their way to beat themselves.
The shorthanded Steelers, though, executed in practically all the big spots en route to a 38-16 triumph. And in Week 1, that's all that matters.
Slow start? Sure, they went three-and-out on their first offensive possession, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception on their second drive. But after being shut out for the first 15 minutes, Pittsburgh scored double-digit points in each of the next three quarters.
And after failing to convert that initial third down, Roethlisberger and Co. moved the chains on nine of their remaining 13 third-down plays.
They weren't always as crisp as we've come to expect, which isn't surprising considering that key 2015 offensive cogs Le'Veon Bell (suspension), Martavis Bryant...

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