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NFL Week 1: Monday Night Football Live Blog, Injury Updates, Analysis, Reaction

John O'Callaghan@@JOCallaghan_ENTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2016

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (left) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continued to show off their chemistry Monday night against the Washington Redskins.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (left) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continued to show off their chemistry Monday night against the Washington Redskins.Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The opening Sunday of the NFL season provided a ton of action, but the first Monday Night Football lineup was no slouch.

The Pittsburgh Steelers got off to a rocky start against the Washington Redskins, as they failed to score in the opening quarter and were down by six. However, Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown can only be held in check for so long before they break out. The duo connected on two touchdowns that made the Redskins defense look silly.

Credit has to be given to Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams, who filled in admirably for the suspended Le'Veon Bell, scoring two rushing touchdowns that were instrumental in Pittsburgh's 38-16 triumph.

While he threw for 329 yards, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins needs to learn not to telegraph his passes, as he had two interceptions.

It was a one-sided affair when it came to the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams late Monday night. San Francisco shut out Los Angeles in a 28-0 drubbing.

The 49ers relied on their rushing attack early, as running backs Carlos Hyde and Shaun Draughn each scored a touchdown prior to halftime to help make it 14-0.

San Francisco quarterback Blaine Gabbert connected with tight end Vance McDonald for a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Hyde put the icing on the cake with his second rushing touchdown late in the period.

As far as the Rams are concerned, they have a lot of work to do. Starting quarterback Case Keenum was a boy among men on the gridiron, as he threw for just 130 yards and also tossed two interceptions. Los Angeles plays the vaunted Seattle Seahawks defense next week, so it better figure out what to do on the offensive side of the ball sooner rather than later.

    

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