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A talented and mobile young quarterback tasked with taking over a playoff team from a veteran.

Yeah, Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger may know a little something about that.

Still, the two-time Super Bowl winner’s eyes get a little wide when talking about Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes.

Asked about his initial impressions of Mahomes – whom Roethlisberger and the Steelers (0-0-1) will get a close look at when Kansas City (1-0) visits Pittsburgh on Sunday – and the 36-year-old sounds impressed and a little wistful at the same time.

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for four touchdowns last week in his first season-opener.Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press

“An amazing talent,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s got a big arm.”

And big expectations too. Throwing for four touchdowns in your first season opener – as Mahomes did while lighting up the Chargers on the road in Week 1 – has a way of doing that.

Now all he has to do for an encore is try to help Kansas City win in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1986, nearly a full decade before the 22-year-old was born.

No pressure or anything, although Mahomes isn’t exactly concerned about carrying the weight of his team’s largely forgettable history against the Steelers.

“It’s a brand new season,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that are hungry and want to get better every single week and this will be a great challenge in the early season to kind of get us going.”

Pittsburgh has won seven of the past eight meetings, including a 19-13 victory at Arrowhead Stadium last October that put a pin in Kansas City’s 5-0 start while simultaneously igniting an eight-game winning streak that carried the Steelers to a second straight AFC North title.

Playing well against Kansas City has rarely been an issue for the Steelers. Neither have home openers. Pittsburgh is 15-2 in season debuts at Heinz Field since moving from Three Rivers Stadium in 2001 and Roethlisberger – who spent part of the week dealing with an achy right elbow – tends to find another gear when in Pittsburgh’s home black jerseys. He’s averaging nearly three touchdown passes per game at Heinz Field since the start of 2014.

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