By Annie Kelly
Although the game was delayed 26 minutes due to a fire caused by the sparks set off when the St. Louis Rams entered the field, that was not the most exciting part of the game for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
There was a huge Steelers fan base in St. Louis on Sunday and the thousands that showed up were waving their Terrible Towels all over the stadium. The Steelers had a close game against the Rams on Sunday afternoon, and there are a few key players that pushed them towards the 12-6 win. After his two game suspension due to violating the NFL’s drug policy, running back Le’Veon Bell was back in the game and he made sure people knew it. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was throwing the ball to Bell on what seemed like every play. When Roethlisberger suffered a left knee injury and second-string quarterback Michael Vick came in, Bell was a saving grace. He was still strong and worked with Vick to produce a good game. Bell finished with 62 yards on the ground with one rushing touchdown in addition to catching seven passes for 70 receiving yards. Certainly a play of the game for Le’Veon Bell was when he hurdled himself over two Rams players in order to get more yardage.Embed from Getty Images
Wide receiver Antonio Brown, who believes he is the best wide receiver in the NFL according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, also had a very strong game on Sunday. According to ESPN, Brown has extended his streak of having at least 50 yards and five passes from 34 games to now 35 games, including post-season. On Sunday, he caught 11 passes for a total of 108 yards.
Safety Will Allen gave the Steelers their first interception of the season and ran it all the way to the Rams’ 31-yard line, a play that solidified a win for the Steelers. A not-so-shining moment was when Roethlisberger went down hard on his left knee towards the end of the third quarter. He was driven off the field and into the locker room. According to ESPN, he has suffered a sprained MCL and a bone bruise and is likely to be out for at least the next four weeks. This could pose a problem for next week’s game against their number one rival, the Baltimore Ravens.Embed from Getty Images
Second-string quarterback Michael Vick has some big shoes to fill since Roethlisberger’s record for a single game is 522 yards and 6 touchdowns, almost an NFL record. This will be his first missed start since 2012, and he has only missed a total of 17 starts in his career, according to ESPN. So for the next month or so, the Pittsburgh offense, especially Bell and Brown, will be put to the test without the guidance and support of Roethlisberger.
All stats from ESPN.com unless otherwise stated