Even without the presence of Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant on the field (not to mention late scratch Markus Whetaon), the Pittsburgh Steelers had no problem at all in dispatching the Redskins on Monday night.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, 3 TDs 27 of 37 passes for 300 yards on the night, methodically picked apart the ‘Skins defense on their way to a convincing 38-16 victory.
“That was my message to the guys [Sunday] night in the offensive meeting is: We hold ourselves to high expectations,” Roethlisberger said, per the Washington Post.
“I think people thought: ‘What are you gonna do without Martavis? What are you gonna do without LeVeon? Without [retired tight end] Heath Miller?’ My message was, well, we’ve got Sammie Coates and Eli [Rogers] and all the tight ends and DeAngelo Williams. We’ve got guys that can make plays and they showed it tonight.”
Williams, Bell’s replacement until Week 4, scored two TDs while rushing for 143 yards.
“Coach’s mantra is ‘next man up,’ ” Williams said. “It’s a credit to the front office. We practiced without those guys all week. We know that we had to go in and we had to execute. We had to execute early and often, and I think we did just enough to win this football game.”