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The comfort level Ben Roethlisberger has in running the Steelers offense is going to be a nightmare for mediocre and bad defenses.

Good luck to them.

The New Orleans Saints have a really bad defense and Roethlisberger chewed them up in playing just 19 snaps. Producing a 15 play, 74 yard opening scoring drive, Roethlisberger was flawless in running the no-huddle for 14 plays.

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The Steelers offense looked to be in mid-season form. 17 of the 19 plays saw Roethlisberger throwing the ball in going 12 of 17 for 148 yards and 2 Touchdowns.

“It was a good night for us,” Mike Tomlin said. “It was good to get Ben some action and AB and Le’Veon and D-Will. It was a good collective effort that was needed.

Among the Positive Developments:

Tight end Jesse James who caught a 5 yard TD pass on the opening drive, showed a good ability to find the soft spots in the Saints defense for Roethlisberger on check downs, an encouraging sign for the Steelers going into Week 1.

As expected the Steelers three receiver sets consisted of Antonio Brown – Markus Wheaton – Eli Rogers.

It’s been clear in practices Rogers has gained the trust of Roethlisberger as the Steelers top slot receiver.

Todd Haley has called Rogers a Wayne Cherbet type and it’s not a stretch to expect Rogers to get 6-8 targets a game during the regular season.

Roethlisberger targeted Rogers four times on the two series he was behind center.

Following an incomplete pass down the left sideline where Rogers never got his eyes on the football, Roethlisberger came right back to Rogers on the next play for a first down in the middle of the field.

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