Roeth­lis­berger throws for 5 TDS, Steel­ers rip Pan­thers

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By WILL GRAVES

PITTS­BURGH — The Pitts­burgh Steel­ers aren’t play­ing like a team miss­ing Le’veon Bell.

Ben Roeth­lis­berger threw for 328 yards and five touch­downs, James Con­ner ran for 65 yards and a score be­fore leav­ing late with a pos­si­ble con­cus­sion and the Steel­ers pounded the Carolina Pan­thers 52-21 on Thurs­day night for their fifth straight vic­tory.

An­to­nio Brown added eight re­cep­tions for 96 yards — in­clud­ing a 53yard touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter — to cap an event­ful day that be­gan with the star wide re­ceiver be­ing cited for reck­less drivin­gafter­po­lice­clocked Brown’s Porsche driv­ing over 100 mph down a busy high­way in the north­ern city sub­urbs.

While Bell — a three­time Pro Bowl run­ning back who still hasn’t signed his one-year fran­chise ten­der — tweeted his thoughts as he watched on tele­vi­sion, the Steel­ers (62-1) rolled on with­out him. Bell has un­til next Tues­day to sign a con­tract if he wants to play this sea­son. His team­mates have long since tired of talk­ing about Bell’s sta­tus and at this point, the AFC North lead­ers ap­pear to be do­ing just fine on their own. AP PHOTO BY

KEITH SRAKOCIC

Pitts­burgh Steel­ers quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger (7) cel­e­brates a touch­down pass to An­to­nio Brown Thurs­day, Nov. 8.

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