Le'Veon Bell was certainly watching the Pittsburgh Steelers trounce the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football, and once again, the NFL world was hanging on every word. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 28-of-47 attempts for 270 yards and two touchdowns to second-year running back James Conner and veteran receiver Antonio Brown.
Pittsburgh responded with a ferocious pass rush, collecting five sacks and seven hits on Cam Newton.
"If you stayed awake for the end of Panthers-Steelers...you one-upped one specific member of the Carolina Panthers", 12Up's Adam Weinrib joked.
McCullers will be replaced by defensive end L.T. Walton, who is active for the third time this season and the first time in seven games. "If we expect to be as good as we expect to be, we have to find ways to win games like this in hostile environments".
It would only get worse for the Panthers from there - a lot worse.
"We didn't come to play", said left tackle Chris Clark.
The Steelers have 10 days before they face the Jacksonville Jaguars, so Conner will have extra time to get clear. Getting him back on the field wouldn't hurt, but the team's biggest issues are on defense. "You are going to have these types of games in the league, but it's going to be about how we rebound". "It's hard to sit there and say "well, you should pick it up every time" - it's why defenses are designed".
"It gives them an opportunity to rest their bodies", said Rivera.
Josh Klein is Managing Editor of The Riot Report.