>>Steelers Barely Get By Rams; Roethlisberger Lost With MCL Injury
Big Ben was the only postgame topic that really mattered to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Michael Vick's reaction when Ben Roethlisberger went down in the third quarter, and he had to grab his helmet and go, said it all.
Le'Veon Bell scored from a yard out in the first half in his first game back after a suspension, but the Steelers needed their defense to step up without a quarterback who has been hard to knock out in a a 12-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
The Rams were 2 for 10 on third down, 0 for 2 on fourth down and limited to 258 yards. Will Allen's interception with 1:56 left set up a field goal by Josh Scobee to put Pittsburgh ahead by six points.
Pittsburgh (2-1) averaged 32 points in its first two games but was held down well before Roethlisberger's leg got caught underneath him on a diving, sliding sack by Mark Barron.
The Rams (1-2) were limited to two field goals by Greg Zuerlein and have scored just 16 points the last two games. Their last chance ended when a potential first-down catch by Kenny Britt near midfield with 1:19 to play was overturned by officials.
Roethlisberger hasn't missed a game since late in 2012. He won his franchise-record 108th game, passing Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, while going 20 of 24 for 192 yards and an interception.
Vick was 5 of 6 for 38 yards and had two carries for minus-2 yards.
Antonio Brown had 11 catches for 108 yards, his third straight 100-yard receiving game.
Both teams had running backs make debuts and Bell's production was far superior to that of Rams rookie Todd Gurley.
Bell had 62 yards on 19 carries. Gurley, who did not start and split time with Tre Mason, had just 9 yards on six carries.
Kickoff was delayed about 26 minutes by a small fire near a corner of the south end zone from sparks emitted by a pyrotechnic display during Rams player introductions. The cleanup job was hampered by a malfunctioning wet-dry vacuum that spewed collective material back out.
Rams MLB James Laurinaitis became the franchise career tackle leader, passing late Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen. Laurinaitis has started all 99 games since being drafted in the second round in 2009.
>>Seahawks Crush Bears
After the Seahawks sleepwalked for a half, Tyler Lockett provided a jolt.
From there Russell Wilson, Jimmy Graham and a defense that was whole again after the return of safety Kam Chancellor took over.
Lockett returned the second-half kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown, Wilson and Graham connected on a 30-yard TD in the third quarter, and the Seahawks routed the undermanned Chicago Bears 26-0 on Sunday.
Seattle led just 6-0 at halftime after an offensive performance that led to a cascade of boos. That changed when Lockett started a huge second half running untouched on a perfectly executed return, the longest in franchise history.
It was Lockett's second touchdown return of the season, taking a punt back 57 yards in the opener.
Later in the quarter, Wilson found Graham across the middle for his second touchdown catch of the season and Steven Hauschka added four field goals as the Seahawks started the process of erasing an 0-2 start.
Not all went well for Seattle. Starting running back Marshawn Lynch capped a strange day by leaving at halftime with a hamstring injury. Lynch finished with 14 yards on five carries and spent half of the first quarter in the locker room before coming to the Seahawks bench. Lynch was questionable entering the game with a calf injury.
Carroll said Lynch could not get loose before the game, but tried to play. The hamstring was checked and ''it's nothing to be alarmed by,'' Carroll said.
Chicago (0-3) was shut out for the first time since 2002 and the fourth time since 1990. Jimmy Clausen started at quarterback in place of Jay Cutler and was 9 of 17 for 63 yards. With sacks included, the Bears finished with 48 net yards passing, the second time since 1990 they finished with less than 50 net yards through the air.
Chicago punted on all 10 of its possessions. Matt Forte was held to 74 yards on 20 carries and the Bears finished with just 37 yards in the second half.
Only one Chicago drive finished in Seattle territory, and the Bears ran just three plays on the Seahawks' half of the field.
Wilson finished 20 of 30 for 235 yards, while Graham had seven catches for 83 yards a week after getting just one catch. Lynch's replacement became undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls, who flashed by rushing for 104 yards, 98 in the second half.
>>Packers Battle Chiefs on MNF
The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers are coming off emotional Week 2 games with vastly different outcomes.
While the Chiefs look to turn the page on a bitter loss to a division rival, the Packers try to move on from a satisfying revenge win when the teams face off Monday night at Lambeau Field.
This prime-time matchup would have been between unbeatens had Kansas City (1-1) held on to a seven-point lead in the final minute of last Thursday's showdown with Denver, in which the Broncos scored two touchdowns in the final 36 seconds to pull out a stunning 31-24 decision.
The winning score came on cornerback Bradley Roby's 21-yard return of a Jamaal Charles fumble, the star running back's second of the night and the Chiefs' fifth turnover.
Kansas City draws another tough assignment in its visit to Lambeau Field, where Green Bay (2-0) owns a 10-game win streak - including playoffs - and Aaron Rodgers has put together an even more remarkable run.
Counting the postseason, Rodgers recorded an 18th consecutive home game without an interception in last week's 27-17 victory over Seattle. The reigning NFL MVP has attempted 539 passes, thrown for 43 touchdowns and posted a 124.0 passer rating over a streak dating to December 2012.
Packers Coach McCarthy is hopeful that running back Eddie Lacy and receiver Davante Adams can go. Lacy missed most of the Seattle game with a sprained right ankle, though veteran backup James Starks ran 20 times for 95 yards in his place.