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Roethlisberger throws for 5 TDs as Steelers rip Panthers, 52-21

  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) celebrates his touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Don Wright) Don Wright

  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws a pass during the first half of the team's NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Keith Srakocic

  • Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) celebrates a touchdown pass to Antonio Brown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Keith Srakocic

  • Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Vince Williams (98) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of the team's NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Keith Srakocic



Associated Press
Friday, November 09, 2018

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 53-yard touchdown in the second quarter – to cap an eventful day that began with the star wide receiver being cited for reckless driving after police clocked Brown’s Porsche driving over 100 mph down a busy highway in the northern city suburbs.

While Bell – a three-time Pro Bowl running back who still hasn’t signed his one-year franchise tender – tweeted his thoughts as he watched on television, the Steelers (6-2-1) rolled on without him. Bell has until next Tuesday to sign a contract if he wants to play this season.

The Panthers (6-3) saw their three-game winning streak come to an abrupt halt in a city where they’ve never won. Carolina fell to 0-4 all-time in Pittsburgh and was never really in it after the Steelers scored 21 points in the game’s first 11 minutes.

Cam Newton completed 23 of 29 for 193 yards and a pair of flips to Christian McCaffrey that the second-year running back turned into scores but Newton’s showdown with Roethlisberger never materialized. The Steelers sacked Newton five times and rarely let him get comfortable.