Has Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger already silenced the haters?

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an amazing showing in his preseason debut against the Detroit Lions.

The 2021 NFL season is still waiting to officially begin, yet Pittsburgh Steelers veteran Ben Roethlisberger has already managed to remind the world that not only has he not gone anywhere, but that he is also certainly not “washed.”

In his first appearance of the 2021 preseason stretch (which lasted for under a quarter of play), Roethlisberger threw 8-for-10, amounting to 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns before the Lions even had a chance to breathe. This stat line turned out to be the best of all three of the Steelers participating quarterbacks on the night.

Unfortunately, the final score of the game ultimately failed to depict Pittsburgh’s dominance by face value. This was due to the Detroit offense somehow managing to rip off twenty points in the final quarter of game time. One could definitely argue that if football games were five quarters long, the Lions would be celebrating a victory right now.

However, such a mishap is obviously not to blame on Roethlisberger in any way, as his job was to open the affair with a healthy advantage, and he did just that.

Surely some haters will insist on taking the performance with a grain of salt, as it was against the weak defense of a weak franchise in a matchup that means nothing other than seeing what the new guys are made of.

But regardless of any negative input, the Lions are an NFL team that coated their defense with NFL-caliber talent. With that in mind, no one can deny that that means Big Ben was playing against what was technically an “NFL defense.”

This meeting was for sure the most entertaining of the Steelers preseason games so far, and it may not be the last one that Roethlisberger orchestrates a drive or two in. But, this win should hopefully foreshadow an unbeaten slate heading into September, no matter who plays and who does not.

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Yes, it may be a baby step, but it is nonetheless symbolic of good things to come or to, rather, not go away. Ben Roethlisberger has just put everyone on notice, telling all who witnessed his work on Saturday that Pittsburgh’s QB1 is sticking around for at least one more ride.