QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
HT: 6-5, WT: 241, Born: 3-2-1982, College: Miami (OH), Drafted: Round 1, Pick 11
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Stats and Week 14 Projection
|11||vs DET||W, 37-27||29||45||367||8.2||4||0||6||12||2.0||0||36|
|12||at CLE||W, 27-11||22||34||217||6.4||2||0||2||-3||-1.5||0||19|
|13||at BAL||L, 20-22||28||44||257||5.8||2||0||1||11||11.0||0||22|
|14||vs MIA||L, 28-34||23||39||349||8.9||3||0||1||8||8.0||0||30|
Week 14 Injury Status and Other News
He was not listed on Friday's injury report.Opinion (from The Upgrade/Downgrade/Waiver Report): The transformation of the Steelers offense to being completely Ben-centric is complete. Pittsburgh's playoff matchups aren't ideal, but if the Packers have packed it in by Week 16, he could still be a viable QBBC play, and Roethlisberger is certainly an excellent "safe" QB2 for the playoff run.
Week 14 Matchup Infovs Miami Dolphins (Tough matchup) - Ben Roethlisberger threw 28/44 for 257 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions at Baltimore, just missing a 'W' by two points (20-22 loss). Five receivers caught multiple balls from Roethlisberger last week: Heath Miller (nine targets for 8/86/0 receiving); LeVeon Bell (nine for 7/63/0); Antonio Brown (eight for 5/59/0); Emmanuel Sanders (11 for 6/43/1) and Jerricho Cotchery (six for 2/6/1). The Steelers' passing attack is humming along as of early December, friends, regardless of their 5-7 record.
The Dolphins' secondary averages just 221.7 net passing yards allowed per game (ninth in the NFL), and they have four more interceptions - 16 - than TD passes allowed - 12 - while tied for fifth in the league in sacks, with 37 to date. The Steelers have given up 37 sacks (26th in the NFL), so Roethlisberger is going to have a lot of bodies in his face this weekend. The Jets were held to a comic 13/28 for 78 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions by the Dolphins last week, while Cam Newton managed 19/38 for 159 net yards, one TD and one interception passing at Miami two games ago. This is an outstanding pass D, folks.
The Dolphins will make Roethlisberger and company work hard at Heinz Field this week - advantage, Miami.
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Game SummariesWeek 1 vs TEN - Roethlisberger was very inconsistent early on for the Steelers. He made some good throws and looked very comfortable connecting with Antonio Brown, but he repeatedly overthrew Emmanuel Sanders and never really found a rhythm within the offense. His inability to connect with Sanders led to a second quarter interception as Sanders beat Alterraun Verner outside, but Roethlisberger couldn't get the ball to him allowing Verner to undercut it. Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense as a whole didn't execute to any kind of degree. The Titans essentially shut the offense out, as Roethlisberger's touchdown came within two minutes of the end of the game when it had already been decided.
Week 2 at CIN - Roethlisberger connected once down the field with David Paulson early, but much like the Titans game in Week 1, he was consistently overthrowing players deep down the field. That continued during the first half, but in a hurry up situation he was able to connect twice with Emmanuel Sanders before throwing a fade at the goalline to rookie Derek Moye for the Steelers' first touchdown. The Steelers opened the second half in a hurry up type of offense as Roethlisberger appeared to be calling the plays. A questionable flag on Marcus Gilbert prevented a big play down the field that the quarterback created by extending the play though. Roethlisberger was running the offense more in the second half and as a result, he was consistently extending plays. Roethlisberger did very well to keep those plays alive, but was still overthrowing receivers down the field. Ultimately, Roethlisberger kept the game alive with with his orchestration of the offense, but he also killed the game when he threw high and behind Cotchery down the field leading to a fourth quarter interception. The ball was tipped, but it was the errant throw that led to that tip.
Week 3 vs CHI - Roethlisberger completed his first pass attempt to Heath Miller, but fumbled on his next drop back as he tried to avoid a free rusher. Roethlisberger carried the ball loosely, but the blame has to be put on the team's offensive line for allowing a free rusher. In Week 2 against the Bengals, Roethlisberger repeatedly overthrew his receivers down the field. He overthrew Heath Miller and Emmanuel Sanders with his first two deep throws against the Bears also. Roethlisberger did find Antonio Brown for a huge throw downfield to set the Steelers up for a field goal. He followed that with a terrible interception over the middle that was returned for a touchdown. With the Steelers down early, Roethlisberger let the ball rip down the field to Brown who rose above Tillman in the end zone for a touchdown. It was an accurate, aggressive pass from Brown for a vital score. Roethlisberger was playing better in the second half as he led a field goal drive before three big plays brought him his second touchdown of the game. The Steelers offense is in a bad way and Roethlisberger is probably the only bright spark for them, but his displays haven't been up to his usual standard either this season. A fumble late in the fourth quarter as the pocket collapsed on him highlighted that. Roethlisberger's final interception was a wild deep ball with the game over.
Week 4 at MIN - On his very first drop back, Roethlisberger shrugged off a defender before finding Heath Miller. A few plays later on the same drive, Roethlisberger evaded a free blitzer with a strong pump fake. He held onto the ball and adjusted well in the pocket to survey the field, but as he has done so often this year, he overthrew a pass to a wide open Markus Wheaton down the sideline. On the next drive, Roethlisberger avoided another sack before throwing the ball away, but on the very next play he threw a perfect deep pass to Emmanuel Sanders for a huge gain. That big play eventually set up a touchdown for LeVeon Bell in the redzone. To star the very next drive however, Roethlisberger was late coming off his first read and nearly threw an interception to Marvin Mitchell underneath. Roethlisberger was brilliant in the pocket avoiding sacks throughout the game, but his deep passing remained an issue. Early in the third quarter, he manipulated the secondary with a pump fake before heaving the ball down to Antonio Brown. The pass may have been overthrown, but Brown was dragged down before we could find out for a pass interference penalty in the endzone. Roethlisberger's ability to avoid rushers and extend plays helped the Steelers stay in the game, but a miscommunication between he and Emmanuel Sanders after the receiver initially finished his crossing route resulted in an interception. Roethlisberger found Cotchery for a touchdown and orchestrated enough offense to put the Steelers in position to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but he was sacked and lost control of the ball to seal his team's fate. Mike Adams, the Steelers left tackle, deserved much of the blame for Roethlisberger's struggles on the day as he was repeatedly beaten.
Week 6 at NYJ - Roethlisberger had some erratic ball placement early in the game, but he made many big throws in the first half to help the Steelers sustain drives. He should have had a touchdown pass, but Antonio Brown dropped his perfect backshoulder throw at the pylon. Early in the third quarter, Roethlisberger would get his first touchdown as he found Emmanuel Sanders wide open down the middle of the field for a 55 yard score. It was a play Roethlisberger couldn't miss, even considering how many deep throws he had overthrown all season long. This was Roethlisberger's best game of the season by some distance. He was helped by Todd Haley, who called a perfect game outside of that reverse pass in the endzone. However, for his career, this likely wouldn't even rank in the top 50 of Roethlisberger performances.
Week 7 vs BAL - Roethlisberger was reckless with the football early on. He floated a pass over the middle of the field that was nowhere near Heath Miller, before throwing a ball high into the air to nobody in particular while under pressure in the pocket. He did throw two strikes to Jericho Cotchery before pitching a shovel pass behind the line of scrimmage to Miller for a touchdown. Roethlisberger played well, he wasn't exceptionally good but he made a few nice plays with his feet and then threw a perfect pass to Derek Moye that he dropped in the end zone. Critically, he didn't turn the ball over and made the key throws on the game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter.
Week 8 at OAK - Roethlisberger missed Antonio Brown down the sideline with his first pass, dumped the ball off to a covered Heath Miller from a clean pocket with his pass and missed Miller on an out route with his third pass. It didn't get much better for Roethlisbeger before he forced a pass to Emmanuel Sanders down the right sideline in the third quarter. Sanders was well covered and Roethlisberger's pass gave him no chance. It was intercepted by Mike Jenkins. A turnover from the Raiders near their goal line allowed Roethlisberger to find Sanders for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He had a second interception that was a tipped pass two more passes that should have been intercepted but one was dropped and one was negated for a penalty. Roethlisberger hasn't been good this year. He is getting a pass from most because of the Steelers' struggles as a whole, but there is a legitimate question about whether he is starting his physical decline and how steep that decline will be.
Week 9 at NE - As has been the case all season long, Roethlisberger's deep ball was terrible to start this game. With his first throw of note, the veteran quarterback was intercepted as he threw the ball straight up in the air when trying to find Antonio Brown down the left sideline. Devin McCourty had an easy interception and the receiver never had a chance. Roethlisberger missed an open Emmanuel Sanders in the end zone on the next drive, before he found Brown on a sideline route for his first touchdown pass of the day on the following drive. Roethlisberger's second touchdown pass came when he found Cotchery in the end zone after he ran a seam route. Cotchery adjusted brilliantly to a pass that Roethlisberger put up for him to win while the defender was looking the wrong way. Roethlisberger found Cotchery again for a touchdown on the next drive, but this time he forced the receiver to adjust with a slightly underthrown pass in the red zone. Roethlisberger's third touchdown to Cotchery was a simple throw as the receiver overmatched a linebacker underneath in space. With the game all but decided late in the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger threw his final interception on a play where a receiver appeared to run the wrong route. Roethlisberger wasn't the reason the Steelers lost this game. He didn't play poorly, but the hill the offense as a whole needed to climb was too steep.
Week 10 vs BUF - The Steelers focused on running the ball on their first drive before Roethlisberger found Jerricho Cotchery for a big gain. Roethlisberger threw an accurate pass to Cotchery who was running a shallow crossing route before the receiver made a defender miss and turned upfield. A few plays later with his next pass, Roethlisberger was intercepted when he therw a terrible pass down the field. It floated and it was inaccurate, so his wide receiver never had a chance. Roethlisberger threw a few more inaccurate passes before finding a wide open Antonio Brown down the sideline to set up a scoring opportunity. After that, Jerricho Cotchery ran an outstanding route to fool Stephon Gilmore at the goal-line. Cotchery created huge space for Roethlisberger to throw the fade route. Roethlisberger was very erratic with his ball placement and wasn't the primary reason that the Steelers were able to put points on the board. Big plays from Antonio Brown and the running game set up the Steelers offense on the day.
Week 11 vs DET - Roethlisberger was getting the ball out quick during his first drive of the game. He made one throw that went 10 yards down the field, to Heath Miller on a curl route, before Antonio Brown's ability with the ball in his hands extended the drive and scored a touchdown. Roethlisberger's second touchdown pass was more impressive. He threw a perfect pass to Brown on a comeback route to set the score up, before climbing the pocket to evade pressure and finding the receiver over the middle of the field for the score. Brown still carried the ball a huge distance for the score though. The Steelers were keeping Roethlisberger's passes short, but he missed LeVeon Bell on a short pass at the goal line for a certain touchdown early in the second quarter. Early on the next drive, Roethlisberger made his best throw of the game to that point as he hit Bell between the numbers with a throw that needed to be timed perfectly for a huge gain. Immediately after that however, he was fortunate not to be intercepted on a tipped pass that he forced to a covered receiver. He should have had a touchdown on the next play, but after moving the safety with his eyes he overthrew his pass to Heath Miller and his tight end couldn't make a difficult catch. Early in the third quarter, Roethlisberger threw the ball into the chest of DeAndre Levy. He was lucky that the ball was dropped. Soon after, Roethlisberger had David Paulson wide open in the end zone on a play from the one yard line. The quarterback badly overthrew him to give his teammate no chance. After taking over at their three yard line in the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger made an excellent throw to Antonio Brown from his own end zone on 3rd-and-9. He ended the drive with a perfect pass to Will Johnson for a touchdown, but not until Antonio Brown dropped a similar pass before then. After a Steelers interception, Roethlisberger got another touchdown pass when the Lions bit hard on a fake screen to leave Cotchery wide open. Roethlisberger looked more like his previous self at times during this game, but it was notable that he didn't throw the ball down the field and still had too many bad throws.
Week 12 at CLE - The Steelers ran a very conservative offense in the first quarter. Most of Roethlisberger's passes were short, but he did extend one play excellently to find Heath Miller for a first down. Soon after that he missed an open Antonio Brown underneath with poor ball placement, before nearly throwing a pick-six to D'Qwell Jackson at the beginning of the second quarter. The weather may have played a part, but Roethlisberger was lucky to get his deep touchdown to Antonio Brown late in the second quarter. Brown badly beat Joe Haden, but he was forced to adjust to an underthrown ball and make a tougher reception for the touchdown. With his first pass of the third quarter, Roethlisberger heaved the ball down the field for Antonio Brown. Brown was well covered though and the quarterback was again lucky not to be intercepted by Haden. Late in the third quarter, Roethlisberger had his second touchdown after a Jason Campbell fumble gave the Steelers the ball at the goal line. Emmanuel Sanders was wide open on a slant route for an easy score. The Steelers have simplified their offense a lot this season and it has really worked to their benefit. Roethlisberger is no longer extending plays or involved in slow developing plays, instead he gets rid of the ball quickly and allows his receivers to make plays with the ball in their hands.
Week 13 at BAL - Roethlisberger threw one perfect deep ball that Antonio Brown failed to run under in the first half, but for the most part the Steelers ran a conservative offense and his accuracy left a lot to be desired. After LeVeon Bell brought the Steelers to the red zone early in the third quarter, Roethlisberger stepped up in the pocket intelligently before finding a wide open Emmanuel Sanders in the end zone for a touchdown. After making a few more impressive throws, Roethlisberger appeared to find Heath Miller down the seam with a perfect throw between two defenders for a crucial touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The play was overturned as Miller's knee was down just short of the end zone, but it was still a perfect throw in a critical situation. Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to a wide open Jerricho Cotchery a few plays later.