Week 2 is in the books for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the team is happy to be sitting at 2-0. After last season which saw the team finish 8-8, while also losing their Hall of Fame quarterback in Week 2, the start of this season couldn’t be any better.
Many around the league knew the Steelers would be competitive this season. They have arguably the best defense in the league, a very talented group of skill players and a veteran head coach in Mike Tomlin. The question that needed to be answered was just how good Ben Roethlisberger would look coming off a season-ending elbow injury and entering his age-38 season. If Roethlisberger was average, the Steelers are a solid eight- or nine-win team, and if he is the same Roethlisberger from before, then this team’s ceiling is that of a Super Bowl contender. After two weeks, it’s safe to say he looks like the Big Ben of old.
Roethlisberger had a hell of a day Sunday versus a solid Denver Broncos defense which is led by a legendary defensive coach Vic Fangio. Roethlisberger showed that he still has life in both his arms and his legs and displayed some of that old magic in making plays outside of the pocket. There were concerns after his play in Week 1 vs the New York Giants that Roethlisberger had lost a little bit of juice in his arm and some of his balls floated a bit, but after watching him deliver bombs to the stud rookie Chase Claypool, and strikes to Diontae Johnson, I believe he just needed to knock some of the rust off.
Roethlisberger playing at this level is absolutely huge for a Steelers team that is loaded. They are one of the few teams that have the team speed on defense to contain and have success against the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs' high-powered offenses. They also have the weapons on offense to score in volume, and with Roethlisberger still having the ability to deliver on big plays, the Steelers are certainly one of the more balanced teams in the entire NFL.
As we look toward the rest of the NFL season and how things can shake out at the top of the AFC, we must factor in the Steelers, and take them seriously as legit contenders.
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