Ben Roethlisberger was going to have to be the key to the Steelers' winning against the Patriots in the season opener. Now more than ever, this is his team. And with the departure of Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers offense will need him to be extremely efficient in picking apart defenses for it to lead the Steelers to prominence.
That didn't happen Sunday in the 33-3 beatdown the team took at the hand of the Patriots.
What went wrong for Roethlisberger?
We take a closer look ...
Historically this was the fourth-worst season debut for Roethlisberger as he began his 16th NFL season. He finished the game with 27 completions on 47 attempts for 276 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, a sack taken for a 6-yard loss and a fumble. His 65.6 passer rating on the night ranked behind only his season debuts in 2006 (38.7), 2011 (52.9) and 2018 (60.5).
The Steelers' record in those games is 0-3-1, which is indicative of how important it is for Roethlisberger to at least be efficient if he's not blowing up a defense with his strong arm.