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Ben Roethlisberger on the Steelers Week 1 win: “It’s not college, style points don’t matter”

The Pittsburgh Steelers “won ugly” on Sunday, but Ben Roethlisberger won’t let that detract from the fact the team did just that — they won.

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If you traveled to any type of social media platform after the Steelers 21-18 win over the Browns in Week 1, you most likely saw plenty of discussion regarding how disappointing the Steelers’ first win of the season was.

It wasn’t pretty, and no one who watched the game would argue that, but the fact of the matter remains the team still won. An ugly win is better than a pretty loss, and Ben Roethlisberger addressed this on his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan.

“We won the football game, right? This isn’t the BCS, it’s not college, style points don’t matter. We went into that game and we were supposed to win it right on paper, and we won it. If we don’t win it, then everybody is going to be talking about “why didn’t they win the game?” Well we won the game, that should be all that matters.”

A large part of the issues were based around the offense. The Steelers deploy one of the most talented offensive units in the NFL, and when they stumble as often as they did, even against a much improved Browns defense, fans are going to scratch their head wondering what went wrong.

One of the players who was probably criticized the most, was Le’Veon Bell. After sitting out all of the preseason, he looked rusty and was hardly the player Steelers fans have grown accustomed to seeing. Naturally, Roethlisberger was asked how he thought Bell played, and if his lack of production was due to him missing camp.

“He probably didn’t get the touches and the carries and everything that he would have probably liked, but that’s just a result of the system of defense that we played.”

“The biggest thing for me when we get out there is communication. Is he asking a lot of questions, is he looking bug-eyed if you will when plays are called and things like that, and there was none of that. I thought there was great communication.”

To compound that, Roethlisberger spoke about the tremendous efforts the team received from both Antonio Brown and tight end Jesse James vs. Cleveland.

“I don’t think anybody works as hard as he does and I don’t think anybody works as well as two people do as him and I do…What we’ve done together these last few years playing together, the chemistry that we have, the understanding that we have, the looks, just everything we do to me is on a different level and he’s a different level receiver.”

“I think Jesse has benefited the most of anybody from the Vance trade,” Ben told us. “He kind of took it personal.”

Roethlisberger provided some great insight into the team, the players and how they are feeling heading into the Week 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

To hear the complete interview, click HERE.