NFL: Big Ben shows nerves of steel to see Pittsburgh home
Ben Roethlisberger played through a sprained foot as he tied a team record with five touchdown passes and the Pittsburgh Steelers rolled over the Tennessee Titans 38-17 on Monday.
Other than a slight limp, the sprained left foot didn’t seem to bother Roethlisberger too much as he hit receiver Hines Ward with two touchdown passes.
He also connected with Mike Wallace, Heath Miller and David Johnson for scores as the Steelers won their third game of the season in week five and snapped Tennessee’s three-game win streak.
“I’m not the only guy playing with an injury,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m not going to complain about it, I’m going to go out and do my best.”
“He’s done it before,” said wide receiver Ward. “We’re used to it.”
The five touchdown passes equals a single-game franchise record that Roethlisberger already shares with Terry Bradshaw and Mark Malone.
Meanwhile, Fred Jackson had 196 yards of offence and linebacker Nick Barnett had two of Buffalo’s four interceptions in leading the Bills to a 31-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Barnett helped clinch the win by intercepting a Michael Vick pass intended for Jason Avant with 1:49 left in the game.
Philadelphia quarterback Vick, who served almost two years in jail on a dog fighting conviction, tossed a career-worst four interceptions as the Eagles slumped to their fourth loss in five games this season - their worst start to a campaign in 12 years.
Jackson scored on a five-yard run and finished with 111 yards rushing in helping the Bills (4-1) match their best start since 2008.