Landry Jones was ready to carry the Steelers to a win over the Browns, but, much like the season has gone for the Pittsburghers this year, injury was awaiting him.
Before the first quarter was over, Jones was on the same cart that Ben Roethlisberger was taken off the field with a week prior.
Roethlisberger was looking to watch on the sidelines, helping out offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Seven snaps later, Big Ben was entering the field in full strides, with one, obviously bigger, white shoe, Sunday.
This was Roethlisberger’s second time coming into play as a back-up quarterback.
The first time was in 2004, where as a rookie, Roethlisberger took over at quarterback after Tommy Maddox was injured in the second game of the season.
Roethlisberger, who looked as healthy as you can coming back from a sprained foot, on Sunday, played almost every snap from the shotgun — it worked.
Big Ben led the Steelers to a 30-9 victory, with a little help from Chris Boswell, who aced three field goals during the game, the first two of which gave Pittsburgh an early lead.
And, not only did the Steelers win over the Browns, Sunday’s game was possibly one of the best games Cleveland QB Johnny Manziel has played in his professional career — first play aside.
Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of Manziel, but, when he readied his arm to pass, on his first snap and the ball slipped backwards, I couldn’t help but laugh.
Pittsburgh’s defense is starting to look like the ‘Steel Curtain’ once again.
Although ‘Johnny Football’ had his highlight game, the Steeler D broke through the Cleveland offense to sack him 6 times during the game.
Manziel got beat up pretty good at Heinz Field, but, you have to give it to him. After coming back from a scene from “The Exorcist,” where Arthur Moats grabbed his facemask, turning his head around like an owl, Manzeil kept his cool and played out the rest of the game.
The Browns had opportunities to add more points to their score, but penalty flags shot down their dreams.
Manziel also showed the fans sitting in Heinz Field a little bit of his ground game, rushing the ball in to the end zone. But upon further review, the touchdown was called back and the Browns were forced to take the ball on the Steelers half-yard line.
From there, the Steeler D put down a stopping force and moved the Dawgs back 7 yards, stopping their drive and intercepting Manziel’s throw.
Amid the win, the Steelers move to 6-4 and currently rest behind the undeafeated Cincinnati Bengals for second in the AFC North conference.
The undefeated Bengals take on the Houston Texans, tonight, at 8:30.
Mike Tomlin probably wasn’t rushing to put Roethlisberger in, with the Steelers’w bye week next on the schedule. But, Steeler fans and Tomlin need not worry, Ben looked good, and now has a full week to keep recovering.
Lohr is the sports editor at The Titusville Herald. He can be reached at 827-3634, or via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org