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Ta 5; Steelers get a break after drilling the Panthers

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ben Roethlisberger was still on his way to picking up from Heinz Fields turf when the scrum…

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ben Roethlisberger was still on his way to picking up from Heinz Fields turf when the scrum started, one who sent a message that is currently unwise to touch Pittsburgh Steelers. 19659002] Steel Center Maurkice Pouncey and Justice David DeCastro was not particularly pleased with how Carolina security Eric Reid launched at Pittsburgh’s franchise quarterback as Roethlisberger completed an 18-yard scramble during the third quarter of a 52-21 dismantling of Panthers on Thursday night.

Together, they provide the two perennial Pro Bowlersna – a combined 630 pounds or give a meal – let Reid and a handful of teammates know that they did not appreciate Reids attitude to their job. The result was 30 seconds of bending, grabbing and firing before Reid was challenged.

“You must be there for your guy,” says DeCastro. “Just trying to stand up for him and show him we have his back.”

When Steelers returned to Huddle, Roethlisberger gave his leaders peace of mind if NFL decided to beat his wallets after sticking to him.

“I came up after saying,” If any fines are handed out, I can handle it, “said Pouncey with a laugh.

Pouncey, in the fourth year of a five-year contract that will pay him 44 million dollars, can really afford to write the check. He believes the fact that he does not need if it says a lot about Roethlisberger &#821

1; and much about the current climate in Pittsburgh’s nursery.

“It’s cool man,” said Pouncey. ” I appreciate all the guys like this. “

They have found their identity in the past five weeks. Pittsburgh (6-2-1) scored a record for the most points of an NFL team in Heinz Field’s 17-year history while He rolled to a fifth straight victory. Reward? Five days of resting before starting a scary ending streak that begins on November 18 in Jacksonville in a playoff rematch that saw the Jaguars in Pittsburgh at home in January.

“Last year, last year “Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton said. “We are another team, just like they are another team.”

If something looks Pittsburgh much better than being pushed by Leonard Fournette and Blake Bortles in a shocking 45-42 setback that led to an exodus in both secondary and part of the coaching staff.

Randy Fichtner took over for Todd Haley as offensive coordinator and even with star who drove back Le Veon Bell sitting because of concerns with his one-year contract, he has joined an attack that looks as dynamic and varied as something in league.

James Conner, Bell’s replacement, already has 11 touchdowns through nine games, as many as Bell have done in full time. Roethlisberger scattered the ball all over one night, finishing with more scoring pass (five) than incompleteness (three).

“We have many weapons on this team and Ben showed it tonight to get the ball to all of them,” said DeCastro.

Roethlisberger’s only complaint is that Fichtner may get a bit too loud in the headset because he is so pumped up for the next call call.

Pittsburgh’s defense kept Carolina’s Cam Newton under wraps him five times while limiting the pledges to 242 meters; the fourth straight game has an opponent ending 275 meters or less. Save for a couple of early communications cuts that caused the Panthers to drive back Christian McCaffrey to unload. The steel kept the things tight.

“I do not think it’s a come-to-Jesus moment where something miraculously just happened,” defensive Cam Heyward said. “I think everyone came back to work. It showed up on the field of training and it turned out since then. This is a big win, but it’s not like we do not have games after this. We’ll enjoy it tonight and enjoy it for the weekend, but when we get back we have to get back to work. “

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