Big Ben leads Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers running back De Angelo Williams smiles as he walks off the field after a win over the Washington Redskins in Landover Md. Monday Sept. 12 2016. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Washington Redskins 38-16. (AP

That wasn’t the only matchup the Redskins lost in, and Kirk Cousins was awful in his first game as a franchise tagged player, but the Norman-Brown spectacle, only due to the trash talking of the cornerback, grabbed the headlines. Meanwhile, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was delivering big passes to standout receiver Antonio Brown on fourth-down plays – and a lot of other ones, for that matter.

In the 3rd quarter, Rothelisberger threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Antonio Brown.

The Steelers will follow Monday’s win with one of their most important matchups of the season: a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Throughout the first half, the Pittsburgh Steelers frequently began plays with Brown in the backfield, behind or next to Ben Roethlisberger.

Markus Wheaton and Le’Veon Bell didn’t play for the Steelers. So he put the Pittsburgh Steelers’ young, largely untested offense on his shoulders.

This time, Roethlisberger found receiver Eli Rogers, playing in his first professional game, on a crossing route for a 19-yard catch-and-run.

Norman also gushed about his respect for Roethlisberger, who has thrown for 42,995 yards and 272 touchdowns in his career. Brown made eight catches for 126 yards.

Prior to the game, I said that if Brown totaled over 100 yards of receiving, the Steelers would win. I know we were missing some pieces tonight but we had Seven. “Any time you can get those balls back, it’s huge”.

“I’m not going to lose faith in Breeland”, Gruden said, nearly as if he were answering a different question, “but there could be merit to that later on down the road”. Have the Redskins figured out in Training Camp and preseason what the Panthers did that made them pull the Franchise Tag from Norman this offseason? “That’s all I can say”. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was average at best with 329 yards passing and 2 interceptions. However, running back Chris Thompson’s 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter got it close at 24-16.

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Williams, who is the starter as LeVeon Bell serves a three-game suspension, got the job done. The Redskins also had three converted field goals from Dustin Hopkins.

Brown ran deep down the left and caught Roethlisberger’s pass on the Redskins’ helmet in the end zone over two defenders for a 29-yard touchdown and a 7-6 lead. Coates dropped an early pass and Rogers didn’t run the right pattern on Roethlisberger’s only interception.

“That’s kind of been our M.O.”, Tomlin said.

Ryan Shazier then intercepted Cousins on Washington’s first series of the second half.

While the drive would stall out at the Pittsburgh 40-yard line, it was clear that the Redskins will test the Steelers’ defense with Reed’s athleticism.