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LANDOVER, Md. -- Ben Roethlisberger knew the retired Heath Miller, suspended teammates LeVeon Bell and Martavis Bryant and the injured Markus Wheaton werent walking through that door. So he put the Pittsburgh Steelers young, largely untested offense on his shoulders.Roethlisberger threw for three touchdowns to lead the Steelers to a 38-16 rout of the Washington Redskins on Monday night. After telling his teammates he believed in not just All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown but Eli Rogers, Sammie Coates and others, Roethlisberger recovered a fumble at a pivotal moment and completed 27 of 37 passes for 300 yards in the season-opening victory.He threw two touchdowns to Brown and another to Rogers. Often playing on the opposite side from Josh Norman and tormenting cornerback Bashaud Breeland, Brown made eight catches for 126 yards.Starting in place of Bell, DeAngelo Williams ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.Were confident in that group, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. I know we were missing some pieces tonight, but we had `7. And when you got `7 you got the chance to put together performances like that.Washington led 6-0 and appeared to have another scoring opportunity late in the first quarter when linebacker Ryan Kerrigan sacked and stripped Roethlisberger deep in Pittsburgh territory. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey knocked the ball out of Kerrigans hands, and Roethlisberger dived on it at his own 13-yard line.The ball was on the ground and Pounce was kind of laying on it and I was trying to tell Pouncey it was right under his leg, Roethlisberger said. Any time you can get those balls back, its huge.Roethlisberger then guided Pittsburgh 87 yards down the field, finishing the drive with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Brown on a gutsy fourth-and-1 call from the Washington 29.We knew it was coming; I knew it was coming, Breeland said. Thats why I played it the way I played it. It was just a freak play, and he made the play. Thats all I can say.The next time he got the ball, Big Ben took the Steelers 67 yards on 14 plays to make it 14-6.Pittsburghs passing attack got clicking, but Kirk Cousins and the Redskins couldnt keep up. With Matt Jones and the running game grounded and tight end Jordan Reed taken out of the picture, Cousins finished 30 of 43 for 329 yards and two interceptions.Washington got it as close as 24-16 on Chris Thompsons fourth-quarter touchdown. Then Roethlisberger was at it again, taking the Steelers 77 yards as Williams put the game away with a 15-yard touchdown run to break the 30-point mark.PRIME TIME READY: Tomlin improved to 11-2 on Monday night, including 6-2 on the road and 2-0 at Washington. Pittsburgh is 4-1 when opening the season on Monday night, and the Steelers 44-24 record on MNF is third-best in the NFL behind Seattle (23-6) and San Francisco (47-25).The Redskins have lost 15 of their past 16 Monday Night home games.HOPPING HOPKINS: Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins made all three of his field-goal attempts, connecting from 31, 40 and 34 yards. Hopkins was the Redskins entire offensive production until Thompsons touchdown.PINBALL ROGERS: Rogers first career touchdown catch in his NFL debut was a pinball special. Roethlisbergers pass from the 3-yard line hit receiver Sammie Coates and then Rogers facemask before he finished the grab.SHAZIER, PLAYMAKER: The play after forcing a fumble that the Redskins recovered, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier picked off Cousins to set up Browns 26-yard TD catch in the third quarter. Shazier left the game with a right knee injury and was being evaluated after the game. Tomlin said hed have more information Tuesday.RUNNING ON EMPTY: Jones was in the starting lineup after separating his left shoulder on Aug. 19, but he lost 4 yards on his first two carries and finished with 24 yards on seven carries. Washington totaled 55 yards rushing, including just 28 in the first half.REED OPTION: Reed caught three passes for 39 yards on the Redskins opening drive and was a nonfactor with four catches for 25 yards the rest of the way.QUOTABLETomlin on why he called a pass to the end zone on fourth-and-1: We play to win.Norman: They took us behind the woodshed today and wore our tail out. It was a good, old-fashioned butt whooping.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Adidas Ultra Boost Canada Sale . During the athletes parade, the 23-strong Ukrainian team was represented by a lone flagbearer in an apparent protest at the presence of Russian troops in Ukraines Crimean peninsula. Buy Adidas Ultra Boost Canada . 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Jadeveon Clowney attended the opening of a new Houston Texans teen club at a Houston Boys and Girls Club this week.During the visit he joined a room of teenage girls and a couple of Texans cheerleaders to do a few yoga poses. It was clear that the hulking defensive end should probably stick to his day job as Clowney struggled with balance on most of the poses he attempted, drawing giggles from everyone in the room.The top overall pick in the 2014 draft seemed proud of his effort, even though it was clearly subpar.I do it in the offseason a little bit, so I had to go in there and show them what to do, he said. I had to show them a little bit.The exercise room is part of a facility for teenagers that was built thanks to a $750,000 donation by the Texans. Clowney was happy to participate in the opening because working with inner-city youth is an important cause to him.Its very good for the kids to have somewhere to go after school, he said. When I was growing up ... and getting out of school my mom was going to work, so it was my grandparents that were taking care of me and they couldnt keep up with me. So you know how that ended -- getting into everything.Clowney will also show his support for Houstons Boys and Girls Clubs this weekend during the NFLs My Cause My Cleats campaign. His blue cleats feature a drawing of the Houston skyline with Great futures start here on one shoe and Lend a helping hand on the other. The shoes will be auctioned off and the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club.Growing up back home we didnt have a lot of Boys and Girls Clubs and if we did we didnt know much about them, he said. So now that they have them kids can ... see everything theyve got going after school until their parents get off work. So its very important to keep them out of the streets and keep them active in something positive.---JUST FOR KICKS: The Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens have surged into first place in their divisions at least in part because they have perhaps the NFLs most clutch and best kickers this season.NFC North leader Detroits Matt Prater and Baltimores Justin Tucker were selected NFC and AFC special teams players of the week after their latest performances.Prater made a 40-yard field goal as time expired in regulation, breaking a tie with Minnesota in their game on Thanksgiving to give the Lions their sixth win in seven games.Tucker became the ninth player in league history to make three field goals from 50-plus yards in one game, and connected on a fourth kick, in a 19-14 win over Cincinnati to keep the Ravens in a tie with Pittsburgh atop the AFC North with their third win in four games. Tucker has made all 27 of his field goal attempts this season, extending his run to 34 in a row since last year for the sixth-longest streak in league history. He has made all 15 extra point kicks, too.With a chance to tie a game or take a lead in the fourth quarter or overtime, Prater is 25 of 25 in his career.Prater, 21 of 24 on field goals in 2016, has helped the Lions come back from fourth-quarter deficits to win seven games this season.Its been remarkable what hes been able to do, hopefully he can keep going, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford said. Hopefully we dont have to put him in that situation too many more times, but that unit is doing a heck of a job.dddddddddddd--NOT ENOUGH COOKS: Saints receiver Brandin Cooks didnt hide his annoyance this week after none of Drew Brees 36 passes came his way during a 49-21 victory over Los Angeles last Sunday.This is a very emotional game and every once in a while youve got to express that, the 2014 first-round draft choice said. You have to express what you want. Closed mouths dont get fed.Earlier this week, Cooks wrote, I guess I have to turn into a businessman, in a social media post, the implication being that he was displeased about his role in the offense.Brees wound up completing 28 passes for 310 yards and four TDs, including nine passes to rookie Michael Thomas for 108 yards and two TDs.Brees said Cooks, who had 51 catches for 736 yards and six TDs through the Saints first 10 games, played a key role in New Orleans big day against the Rams. Cooks was the primary receiver on several plays, but coverage rolled toward Cooks, opening up better throws elsewhere, Brees explained.Cooks said, As a competitor, I was frustrated. ... I always want to help more than I feel like I necessarily did in that game.Cooks added that his teammates understood his agitation is not coming from a selfish standpoint, so thats the beautiful part about it. ... They know thats coming from the want to be great, the want to be remembered.---PEYTONS HONOR: Peyton Manning was honored this week by the March of Dimes as its Sportsman of the Year.The retired quarterback and five-time NFL Most Valuable Player was joined at the ceremony in New York by WNBA star Swin Cash, who was recognized as the Sportswoman of the Year by the organization.Pete Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America, and George Pyne, founder and CEO of Bruin Sports Capital, received awards, as well.Each year, March of Dimes honors the outstanding achievements of men and women in the sports industry. Past recipients include New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera; NBA Commissioner David Stern; former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue; baseball greats Mickey Mantle and Cal Ripken Jr.; tennis legends Andre Agassi and Venus Williams; basketball Hall of Famers Patrick Ewing and Lisa Leslie; and the U.S. Womens soccer team.---COLLEGIATE BOWL: The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be televised by Fox Sports 1 on Jan. 21.The all-star game overseen by the NFL players union will kick off at 4 p.m. EST and will be played at the StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills.The opportunity to partner with the NFLPA and present the Collegiate Bowl on FS1 was something we jumped at, said John Entz, Fox Sports president of production and executive producer. The pre-draft evaluation process drives more and more interest among football fans every year, so were looking forward to being a part of that and covering a competitive game.The fifth edition of the game will have former NFL coaches Mike Martz and Jim Zorn leading each team.---AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner and Sports Writers Kristie Rieken, Larry Lage and Brett Martel contributed.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '

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