The Pittsburgh Steelers may have delivered the most dominant performance of Week 1, dismantling the Washington Redskins, 38-16, at Fedex Field on Monday. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns, DeAngelo Williams rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns and Antonio Brown had eight catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
It was complete domination.
“Hats off to the O-Line,” Steelers wideout Eli Rogers said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Them guys work so hard. (Maurkice) Pouncey is the leader of the offensive line, man. You have Gil (Marcus Gilbert) and (David) DeCastro, (Alejandro) Villanueva – them guys work really hard, man. It was just a great thing to see them go out there and execute to the degree and the magnitude they executed at.”
The Steelers trailed the Redskins 6-0 after the first quarter but got rolling shortly thereafter. Rogers scored his first NFL touchdown just before halftime, grabbing a ball that ricocheted off of Sammie Coates.
“That was a pretty bizarre situation,” said Rogers, who had six catches for 59 yards. “I just thank God.”
Rogers, 23, credited Brown for his strong debut.
“Antonio, he just showed me that hard work really pays off,” he said. “Every day that guy comes out. He knows he’s the best in the league but he comes out every day and he just works his butt off every single day. That right there is more important or bigger than anything else that he’s shown me.”
Pittsburgh can’t rest on its laurels too long, though. The Steelers (1-0) host the Bengals (1-0) at Heinz Field on Sunday in an early season showdown between two of the top teams in the AFC.
“We’re going to enjoy this win, but we’re definitely going to move on and prepare for the Bengals,” Rogers said. “It should be a good game.”
Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.