The Steelers success this season depends on how well they protect their franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Kansas City defeated Pittsburgh 26-20 in overtime at Heinz Field on Thursday Night but the good news is Big Ben is healthy and ready for the season opener. His touchdown pass to Jonathan Dwyer in the first half was a classic example of his ability to dodge defenders and buy enough time to make a big play. He was knocked to the ground several times versus the Chiefs. Keeping Roethlisberger on his feet is going to be a priority all year. He played the entire first half and finished with 13 completions in 19 attempts for 166 yards and a touchdown. He is not expected to play in the final exhibition game on Thursday Night versus Carolina.
Pittsburgh traded for running back Felix Jones on Friday so they could have someone to hand the ball. He carried eight times for 29 yards with Le’Veon Bell, Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling all nursing injuries.