Let’s be honest, there’s little upside to putting your veteran franchise quarterback on the field in a meaningless preseason game, and this was made perfectly clear on Thursday night when Tony Romo limped off the field with a back injury after just three plays.
But — and there’s always a but — fans must take great pleasure in seeing their favorite team’s best players on the field, even if the games don’t count. And that brings us to the Steelers.
In the first two weeks of the preseason, Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams were spectators. Not surprisingly, the league’s most potent offense struggled. That all changed in the very first series against the Saints. Big Ben led a 14-play, 74-yard drive that includes completions to the aforementioned Brown, Bell, Williams in addition to with Markus Wheaton, Eli Rogers and Jesse James. And it was James who was on the receiving end of this nifty Big Ben scramble-turned-5-yard-touchdown toss.
The Steelers, who have designs on averaging 30 points a game in the regular season, weren’t done. On the very next series, Roethlisberger and Brown hooked up for a 57-yard touchdown. Because why not.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / WATCH: Big Ben, Antonio Brown in midseason form, hook up for 57-yard TD