With the Pittsburg Steelers reeling with injuries, especially with ace quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ruled out with a knee injury, it was imperative that the substitutes step in and contribute.
On Sunday, they found help from Landry Jones, who hadn’t made a solitary pass in his three seasons with the Steelers. Jones, who replaced an injured Mike Vick in the third quarter, assisted Martavis Bryant complete two crucial touchdowns as the Steelers emerged 25-13 winners over the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field. “I just still can’t believe I got in the game and got to play, you know what I mean,” said Jones. “I’m still kind of reeling from it. Next week will be next week. Today I’m going to enjoy it,” he added.
Jones completed 8 out of 12 passes and established himself as the No 1 back-up to the injured Big Ben. Coach Mike Tomlin praised Jones for seizing his opportunity. “Landry probably played more preseason snaps than anybody in the history of the NFL this year,” said Tomlin. “He got better and it was displayed today. He had the opportunity to contribute in a big way.”
Bryant, active for the first time since serving his four-game suspension to start the season, caught six passes for 137 yards and completed two touchdowns. Bryant’s second touchdown – which came with 2:15 remaining and the visiting Steelers leading 18-13 – sealed the victory as he took a slant pass from Jones and navigated through traffic for 88 yards to make the score.
With the victory, Pittsburgh have improved to a 4-2 record and are within striking distance of the 6-0 Bengals. With Big Ben slated to return soon, the Steelers look pretty good to seal a berth in the AFC playoffs.
Player of the Week: @LandryJones12
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 19, 2015