Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Ben Roethlisberger is right -- this is a 'wait-and-see' Steelers offense

Ben Roethlisberger is right -- this is a 'wait-and-see' Steelers offense

Losing sucks but as I have said, this game was a positive building block moving forward, as opposed to last year's opener when the team looked hopeless from the start.

James caught six passes for 41 yards, adding a 4-yard touchdown catch late in the first half that put the Steelers ahead for good at 14-7.

Roethlisberger passed for 263 yards.

Bell, who missed all of training camp and the preseason this year, is expected to get his normal playing time and workload Sunday against the Browns.

Scoring Play: Ben Roethlisberger two-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. Brown had 11 receptions for 182 yards, while the offense had 290 total yards.

While penalties worked against the Steelers plenty throughout the afternoon, one worked in their favor on the ensuing drive. The ball bounded into the end zone where it was recovered for a touchdown, the first of the day, in very Browns fashion. Facing off against a rookie quarterback, DeShone Kizer, the front seven will have the opportunity to show how dominant they can be. Chickillo, starting in place of injured Bud Dupree, and rookie T.J. Watt brought down Kizer twice each.

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His biggest mistake, though, came in the third quarter when he misread coverage and threw to an area where Watt was waiting.

On fourth-and-two from the Steelers' three-yard line, Kizer took a shotgun snap after a shift overloaded the right side of the defense with four receivers, and then, fired a slant pass to wide receiver Corey Coleman on the left side of the formation for the touchdown.

After opening the game with a blocked punt for a touchdown, the Steelers looked poised to make things look easy.

DeShone Kizer wasn't successful on his first National Football League drive, which ended with a three-and-out that led to a Pittsburgh Steelers touchdown on a blocked punt.

The Steelers, however, couldn't get the offense in sync for much of the half.

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