Ben Roethlisberger did a really Pittsburgh factor in his return to the lineup, driving the Steelers’ protection and operating recreation to victory.
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- Last Updated: September 15, 2020, 7:54 AM IST
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.: Ben Roethlisberger did a really Pittsburgh factor in his return to the lineup, driving the Steelers’ protection and operating recreation to victory.
Oh, Big Ben did loads to assist the trigger. Roethlisberger, who missed the ultimate 14 video games final season after elbow surgical procedure, threw for 3 scores in a 26-16 win over the New York Giants at an empty and eerie MetLife Stadium on Monday evening.
The keys, although, had been a number of defensive performs and the operating of backup Bennie Snell, who rushed for 113 yards on 19 carries his first 100-yard efficiency in his second NFL season.
The protection, whereas not fairly on the extent of the famed Steel Curtain, was loads stingy and bodily. It not solely held Saquon Barkley to six yards on 15 carries, it additionally swarmed him within the backfield practically all evening.
Three Steelers stars acquired them their first landing. All-Pro linebacker T.J. Watt made a intelligent interception on the New York 36. Roethlisberger beat a blitz with an ideal throw to JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 10-yard second-quarter rating. Chris Boswell’s further level hit the upright, leaving them behind 10-9.
They acquired the lead with 7 seconds remaining within the half as Roethlisberger related with James Washington, who dived into the top zone for a 13-yard rating. Boswell made the PAT this time, and added a 36-yard discipline purpose early within the remaining quarter. That got here following the evening’s greatest play.
Even although the Pittsburgh protection broke down because the Giants marched 87 yards on 19 performs in slightly below 9 minutes within the third quarter, it nonetheless got here up with a serious cease. Bud Dupree pressured quarterback Daniel Jones as he rolled left from the four and deflected his go. Edge rusher Cam Heyward virtually made a good catch in the long run zone for the interception.
Roethlisberger then took Pittsburgh 62 yards for the sphere purpose and a 19-10 lead. He hit Smith-Schuster once more for a 10-yard landing and a 26-10 lead earlier than New York acquired a late TD.
Not unexpectedly, sloppy play was the order of the night early on. New York had a dropped go by Evan Engram and a delay-of-game penalty on fourth-and-1.
The first time a Steeler touched the ball this season, it was a muff by punt returner Diontae Johnson deep in Pittsburgh territory. Oshane Ximines recovered on the 3, however New York solely managed a 21-yard discipline purpose by Graham Gano.
There had been three drops and the muff within the first half of the opening interval, and neither group might run the ball efficiently in Joe Judge’s debut as Giants coach.
Not precisely made for prime time till the start of the second quarter and Darius Slayton’s submit sample landing reception of 41 yards for a 10-3 Giants lead.
Slayton caught a 7-yard TD go with 1:52 remaining within the recreation. and had six receptions for 102 yards.
Nineteen of the Giants’ 48 energetic gamers kneeled in the course of the nationwide anthem, largely defensive gamers. Defensive deal with Dalvin Tomlinson was on a knee with a hand throughout his coronary heart.
The Steelers stood facet by facet whereas a bunch of gamers held a white banner with the phrases Steelers Against Racism. Only tight finish Eric Ebron raised his arm.
The Steelers remained of their locker room and the Giants stood in an finish zone some 25 minutes earlier when the Black anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, was performed.
Steelers beginning operating again James Conner left within the second half with an ankle damage. Guard Stefen Wisnewski sustained a pectoral damage one play earlier than proper deal with Zach Banner damage his proper knee within the fourth quarter. Banner had overwhelmed out Chukwuma Okorafor for the beginning spot after he remade his physique and strategy, dropping 30 kilos.
Steelers: Host the Broncos on Sunday.
Giants: Visit the Bears on Sunday.
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