PITTSBURGH – The steelers stayed hotter than a beef furnace, extending the winning game to five games Thursday night by shooting the Panthers – came into play on a series of three-game winnings of their own – 52-21.
Ben Roethlisberger of Pittsburgh finished 22 of 25 throws for 328 meters and five touchdowns to five different receivers. He earned a perfect score of 158.3 passers-by for the fourth time in his 15-year career.
The best game ever, Ben?
"Well, if you look at the statistics – maybe," Roethlisberger said, "but you know what?" The boys are making tracks. I'm going to be as good as lindemen and boys who make the songs for me.
Wear your Dark Knight Color Rush uniforms – you will remember that Batman and Bane have destroyed Heinz Field – Steelers (6-2-1) took some time to turn the lights on Panthers even after Carolina began the game by cutting Pittsburgh defense for 75 meters and touching the opening unit.
Pittsburgh just scored 24 consecutive points, including two delays on the two Panthers initial holdings: a 75-meter touchdown from Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster, followed by Vince's attack line Williams, intercepting at later fixation.
Victoria scored Steelers AFC North's victory at Cincinnati (5-3) for a full game, giving them the fourth best record of the weekend. The Panther (6-3) fell with 1½ matches behind New Orleans SFC in the South NFC and soon may face a back challenge by Atlanta Falcon Falcons.
"It's a good feeling to beat a good football team," Roethlisberger said.
Three other things I have learned:
1. It was for the first time in Pittsburgh's hot series that RB James Conner had not rushed at least 100 feet (65 feet TD) – especially because he did not need him and also because was evaluated for a contusion in the second half. Big Ben has scattered wealth among his exceptionally good weapons – including a 53-meter touchdown pass for Antonio Brown, which in a way remained alone covered by Carolina debutant Donte Jackson, who put Steelers 31-14 in half . Of course, the Pittsburgh crime could be drastically modified in the coming days, with RB Leon Veon Bell expected to join the team by Tuesday's deadline to report if he wants to play this season.
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2. Newton and Carolina RB, Christian McCaffrey, were expecting to make their way with the Steelers on the initial march. McCaffrey managed to win 60 of the 75 yards and cover him with a 20-meter crossing from Newton, which has a campaign approaching his 2015 MVP effort. But the Pittsburgh defense was felt during the team's winning streak and quickly overturned, starting with Williams's sixth choice and largely keeping the Panthers star duo (although McCaffrey also achieved a cosmetic TD in the second quarter, it totals 78 meters after its initial touch). And Steelers' special teams came into action. K Chris Boswell pushed a field goal of 50 meters and the cover unit forced a Curtis Samuel to kick off at the end of the third quarter that created another TD to start the final period. Bottom Line: Effort of the dominant team near the confluence of the Three Rivers.
3. It's not a very memorable night for Pitman, Pitt and Carnegie Mellon alum and former minority Steelers, David Tepper, who bought Panthers from disgusting predecessor Jerry Richardson earlier this year and crossed the side line before the kickoff. However, he has a good team that was simply filled with the ship one night. However, Panthers must learn how to prevail on the road, as they have never won a playoff game away from Charlotte in the Cam Newton era. They are 5-0 at the Bank of America Stadium this year, but only 1-3 away from him.
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