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Ben Roethlisberger won’t panic over demoralizing loss to Pats

Ben Roethlisberger has been around long enough to know a Week 1 loss — however demoralizing — does not doom an entire season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback insisted on Wednesday there’s no reason for the team to panic.

The Steelers were thoroughly outplayed, to put it mildly, in Sunday’s night’s brutal 33-3 loss to the defending champion New England Patriots. The fact that the setback came as the Steelers are trying to reset after the offseason departures of Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown only heightened the sense of despair over the ineptitude on offense.

Roethlisberger, however, exhibited a far sunnier disposition than the darkened postmortem opinions held by the team’s fans, not to mention NFL pundits, concerning the team’s situation.

“I said [on Monday], ‘Hey guys, look up,'” Roethlisberger said Wednesday, via ESPN. “‘The sun’s still shining. The sky’s still blue. The best thing is we still get to play on Sunday.’ It’s Week 1.”

Nothing obviously went right for the Steelers on Sunday night, and a deeper dive demonstrated it went far beyond the lopsided scoreboard. Roethlisberger, though, believes the Steelers simply have to keep plugging along.

“It’s not like all of a sudden we have to go back to the drawing board,” Roethlisberger said. ” … It’s just, we all need to, starting with myself, play better. It’s nothing drastic on anybody’s plate. It’s just little things here and little things there.”

Roethlisberger went on to downplay four key drops by Donte Moncrief, among other things that did not go well. He also assumed some of the blame for the loss by pointing out how he did not play well at all, either.

“Quarterback’s got to get better,” Roethlisberger said.

The Steelers will attempt to get things back on track within the friendly confines of Heinz Field in Week 2. However, it won’t be an easy task with Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks paying a visit. That said, Big Ben is refusing to panic, and odds are his teammates will fall in line behind their leader.