Roethlisberger throws for 5 TDS, Steelers rip Panthers
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
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrates a touchdown pass to Antonio Brown Thursday, Nov. 8.