Ben Roethlisberger apologizes to Steelers fans for his play
Ben Roethlisberger attempted 40 passes, but tallied only 295 yards for one touchdown and one interception against the Raiders on Sunday. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers suffered their first loss of the season Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders, raising questions about the capability of Pittsburgh’s offense.

The Steelers were held to 331 yards of total offense in the loss to the Raiders. Ben Roethlisberger attempted 40 passes, but tallied only 295 yards for one touchdown and one interception.

After the game, Roethlisberger openly apologized to Steelers fans for his underwhelming play.

“I just need to be better,” Roethlisberger said. “Right now my play’s just not good enough. If I played better, we have a chance to win the football game. That loss, I’ll take that. I apologize to the fans. Home opener, they were awesome.”

Kudos to Roethlisberger for owning it, and he’s right that he has to improve. However, there are questions about how much he actually can. The 39-year-old has faced increasing questions about his age and capability to the point that some questioned whether he’d get through the 2021 season. While it’s still too early to panic, the Steelers certainly need to see more from Roethlisberger if they want to be a playoff team.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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