Burfict injured Roethlisberger on a perfectly legal sack that forced the quarterback to be carted off the field.
He eventually returned to the game, despite suffering a shoulder injury that seemed to clearly hinder his play.
Then Burfict appeared to seal the game for the Bengals by intercepting a pass from Landry Jones with 1:36 remaining, seemingly icing the team’s 16-15 lead.
But the Bengals fumbled the ball right back to the Steelers, and Roethlisberger re-entered the game with the chance to set up a game-winning field goal. Pittsburgh eventually got that field goal, and it was due to a vicious, head-hunting hit delivered by Burfict on Antonio Brown that drew a 15-yard penalty.
The Texans don’t know what they’re going to get from the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year after his recovery from a pair of back surgeries in 2016. But even in limited action during training camp, Watt has shown flashes of his old self. The Texans’ defense stepped up last year in his absence, and now Watt will benefit from playing alongside Whitney Mercilus and a healthy Jadeveon Clowney, who is coming off the best season of his career. — Sarah Barshop
Andrew Luck will suffer his first losing season in his six-year NFL career.
The Colts are in rebuilding mode, especially on defense, with The Best Cheap Jerseys new general Sports Cheap Jerseys manager Chris Ballard parting ways with a number of aging veterans in the offseason and using six of his eight draft picks on defensive players. — Mike Wells