For starters, how would their returning franchise quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, look after being sidelined for almost exactly one year with a major elbow injury? How would the team perform as a whole after an offseason that was unlike any other and didn’t include OTAs, rookie camp and mini-camp. As far as training camp? That didn’t include much news that wasn’t process, filtered and censored.
But if you were like me and expected Monday night’s season lid-lifter to start off slow and then pick up steam as the game progressed, you were not surprised by the Steelers 26-16 victory and workmanlike performance.