The Pittsburgh Steelers have opened their 2016 season by easily winning a road game against a reigning division champion.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for three touchdowns and DeAngelo Williams rushed for two others as the Steelers ripped Washington, 38-16. Roethlisberger was 27 of 37 for 300 yards and one interception for the Steelers, while Williams carried 26 times for 143 yards. The Steelers saw a 24-6 lead shrink to 24-16 before Williams scored twice in the fourth quarter.
Antonio Brown was Roethlisberger’s favorite target, catching eight passes for 126 yards and two TDs.
Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 30 of his 43 passes for 329 yards, but he finished with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Washington’s lone TD was scored by Chris Thompson early in the fourth quarter.
The second and final game of Week One was a rout by San Francisco as Carlos Hyde ran for 88 yards and a pair of TDs in the 49ers’ 28-0 shutout of the Rams. Blaine Gabbert was 22 of 35 for 170 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions while solidifying his spot as the Niners’ starting quarterback.
Los Angeles QB Case Keenum was picked off twice while completing just 17 of his 35 passes for 130 yards.
Niners backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk) and teammate Eric Reid once again kneeled during the national anthem before the game. Kaepernick has refused to stand for the anthem all season in protest of police brutality and racial oppression in the United States.
No other Niners players joined in the protest, although Rams defensive lineman Robert Quinn and receiver Kenny Britt held fists up during the anthem.