Ben Roethlisberger hailed the Steelers’ protection as probably the greatest he has performed with after seeing what it did to the Giants on Monday night time.
The unit intercepted Daniel Jones twice, sacked the New York QB 3 times and held operating again Saquon Barkley to six yards on 15 carries in Pittsburgh’s season-opening 26-16 victory.
“They’re unbelievable. Sadly, I’ve to face them every single day in follow,” Roethlisberger informed reporters. “They’re probably the greatest defenses I’ve performed with and I’ve performed with some actually good ones so I am excited to be on the soccer subject with them.
“As a quarterback, they assist you to play extra free as a result of if you happen to do make a mistake you may depend on them to bail you out of it they usually did it tonight quite a few occasions, creating turnovers, large stops, I simply can’t say sufficient about the way in which they play.”
One of many interceptions was by defensive sort out Cam Heyward on the objective line to finish a 19-play Giants drive late within the third quarter.
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The Steelers allowed 29 yards complete on the bottom. Jones was the Giants’ main rusher with 22 yards.
Roethlisberger accomplished 21 of 32 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns Monday night time in his return from an elbow damage that ended his 2019 season after simply two video games. The 2-time Tremendous Bowl winner is again for a 17th NFL season; there was discuss after the damage that he might retire.
“I am excited we gained the sport. I informed the fellows earlier than the sport it isn’t about me individually; the explanation I got here again is for these guys, for this workforce,” he mentioned. “It is a particular group of soccer gamers and males and so I am simply grateful to be part of it.”