PITTSBURGH — The Steelers suffered a humbling blow back down to Earth as they lost to the Raiders 26-17 at Heinz Field.
The loss only further highlighted the need for the Steelers to get some sort of identity and rhythm on offense. Ben Roethlisberger was hit ten times over the course of the game, and he never seemed to have a solid rapport with his receivers.
However, Roethlisberger is not putting the game on anyone but himself.
“I just need to be better,” Roethlisberger said. “Right now my play is just not good enough. If I played better, we would have had a chance to win the football game. That loss, I’ll take that. I apologize to the fans for that home opener. They were awesome, and it’s disappointing that we didn’t get that win.”
There were a few points that he echoed, but Roethlisberger clearly believed that he and his receivers have adequate communication and that the changes from the offense from this year to last year are more than enough to start moving the football again. For him, it truly does come down to his play. As an offense, he believes they simply have to work through things.
“You know, I think we’re working through it,” Roethlisberger said. “I think that’s the good news if you will. It’s still early and we have time to figure it out. We’ve got a good team coming in here, divisional opponent, and we gotta get right. It’s frustrating. The best way to figure out identity is for the quarterback to play better. So, I’m gonna work on myself and get ready to myself ready to go. I need to work on making better reads, better throws, and try to put us in a situation to win a football game.”
Roethlisbeger finished the game going 27 of 40 through the air for 295 yards, an interception, and a touchdown. While he was not the only problem on offense in the game, he was certainly one of them. In order for the Steelers to figure out their offensive woes, Roethlisberger will have to be at the helm of that regrouping effort.