After a week in which they lost by 31 points, the Steelers returned focused and determined to avenge their first loss to the season.
The result was a 43-14 beat down of the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that came into Sunday night 2-1 and looking to build on their playoff appearance from a season ago.
The Steelers never gave them a chance – putting up a career-high 22 points in the opening quarter and going on cruise control in a rainy night at Heinz Field.
The storylines for the Steelers were many, from Ben Roethlisberger throwing for five touchdowns, a defense that played their best effort of the season by far, to the successful return of running back Le’Veon Bell.
Bell, who missed three weeks due to suspension, looked ready to inflict damage on the Chiefs.
He rushed for 144 yards on 18 carries and he contributed 34 yards in a couple of grabs through the air.
The Steelers collected two early turnovers from the Chiefs, and made them count scoring two TD’a as Ben hit Darius Heyward-Bey for one score, and Antonio Brown for another.
Overall the Steelers offense clicked – scoring 43 points and putting up 437 yards of offense in the win.
The defense put more pressure on Chiefs QB Alex Smith, who was part of an offense that didn’t score till about 10 minutes left in the game.
Big Ben was 22-for-27 with 300 yards and five touchdowns in a dazzling effort that started on the Steelers opening drive.
There’s no doubt this was the perfect response to what took place following last weeks beat down in Philly.
The Steelers are back at home in a week as they will play the New York Jets.