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Steel Mill: Familiar Faces With Familiar Results

It was an exciting week for Steel Nation, as this week’s preseason match-up against the Saints saw the season debut of Pittsburgh’s brightest stars. Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell all made their return to the gridiron this week in exciting fashion as Pittsburgh came out on-top of this game with a 27-14 win over the Saints and the first appearance of Drew Brees this year.

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The offense saw a big rise in production this week with the return of Big Ben and Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger threw for 148 yards on 12 completions with two touchdowns in the first quarter of play. Landry Jones also had a great week, bouncing back from a poor performance last game to lead the team in passing with over 200 yards and a touchdown. The offense obviously benefited from Antonio Brown’s play, as he led the team four receptions for 87 yards, including a 57 yard touchdown play. Sammie Coates also had a respectable outing with a touchdown and 66 yards, while Jesse James caught the final touchdown for the Steelers. Le’Veon Bell’s return was not as prolific as his counter parts, as he put up 21 yards with a fumble lost. The offense overall looked good for Pittsburgh, but the team has yet to have any significant rushing yards this preseason, a trend I’d liked to see mended before the regular season rolls in.

SteelersSaintsOn the defensive side, things looked good for Pittsburgh. The Steelers put up great pressure on the Saints the whole night, with one sack recorded by Javon Hargrave. The defensive unit also grabbed two interceptions off of backup Saints QB, Garrett Grayson. While these picks came during the garbage time of this outing, it was still good to see the hustle and effort out of the defense. Vince Williams once again led the team in tackle with 8 total, while Ryan Shazier and Lawrence Timmons grabbed 6 and five respectively. The Steelers overall looked good in this outing, which served in many ways as a sneak peek for the regular season. The passing attack looks ferocious, while the rushing and defensive attacks could well be the  deciding factor on just how good this team could be and how far they will go.

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