QB Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-5, 241||Born: 3-2-1982||College: Miami (OH)||Drafted: Round 1, pick 11|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 28): Roethlisberger barely broke a sweat in the Thanksgiving win over the Colts, throwing only 20 passes, but three of them for scores. He will be a high ceiling QB1 in a potential shootout with the Giants in Week 13.
Week 13: vs New York Giants
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ben Roethlisberger enjoyed the indoors accomodations at Lucas Oil Stadium last weekend, and threw 14/20 for 221 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions during a 28-7 win. He put on a clinic with Antonio Brown (how to score passing TDs) with six targets for 5/91/3 flowing to the Steelers' super-star. Ladarius Green was second on the team with three targets for 2/67/0, and he's expected to do more during December - Green should expect increased reps moving forward and has the coaching staff 'excited' about potential contributions, according to head coach Mike Tomlin on Monday November 28. We'll see if Green can stay healthy... Eli Rogers was third on the team last week with two targets for 2/36/0 receiving. Roethlisberger and Brown are on a roll entering Week 13. The Giants' pass defense averages 264.7 net passing yards allowed per game (24th in the NFL) with 10 passing scores given out balanced by 10 interceptions (tied for eighth in the NFL) and 25 sacks (tied for 13th) generated. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), New York has averaged 16.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (fourth-least in the NFL); and 18.7 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (fifth-least); with 10.5 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (fifth-most). Last week, Josh McCown threw 25/44 for 285 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions vs. the Giants, but he took seven sacks for -37 yards in so doing. This looks like a good matchup for the home-team Steelers, who tend to exploit home-field advantage to it's fullest inside Heinz Field.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 12 vs IND (14 / 20 / 221 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger played an efficient game with only 20 pass attempts. When Roethlisberger went to the air, his focus was on his 2 main weapons, Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell. During the opening drive on 3rd and 8, Roethlisberger found Eli Rogers running a slant for a 30-yard pass. Late 1st quarter on a 3rd and 5, Roethlisberger found Brown for a 25-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger recognized that Brown was in man coverage with Colts CB Vontae Davis. Roethlisberger put the ball in a perfect spot for Brown to complete the reception. Early 2nd quarter on 3rd and 13, Roethlisberger felt heavy pressure and floated a 32-yard pass to Ladarius Green. A couple of plays later, Roethlisberger found Brown in the back of the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger showed great chemistry and timing with Brown. The Steelers only had one offensive possession during the 3rd quarter and continued to pound away on the ground with Bell. Mid 4th quarter, Roethlisberger found a wide-open Green for a 35-yard pass. A couple of plays later, Roethlisberger completed his 3rd touchdown pass of the game to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger found a wide-open Brown streaking down the right sideline for a 22-yard touchdown reception.
2016 Week 11 vs CLE (23 / 36 / 167 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was not asked to do much as the game was put in LeVeon Bell's hands. Due to windy conditions, Roethlisberger focused mainly on the short passing game with Bell, Eli Rogers and his tight ends. Early 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed an 18-yard pass to Antonio Brown. After the first 2 drives stalled out with field goals, the Steelers got the ball with 1 minute 51 seconds remaining in the first half. Roethlisberger led a 11-play 59-yard scoring drive that finished with a Bell rushing touchdown. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed a 21-yard pass to Brown and a few short passes to Bell and Rogers. The Steelers offense sat on the lead during the 2nd half as the passing game was not needed. During the 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led another drive that ended with a field goal. On the drive, he completed 11-yard and 13-yard passes to Brown.
2016 Week 10 vs DAL (37 / 46 / 408 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger looked much more comfortable during his 2nd game back from injury. Early 1st quarter on 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to LeVeon Bell, who was running a quick slant. Roethlisberger put the pass in a spot where only Bell could make the reception. Mid 1st quarter, Roethlisberger led an 8-play 75-yard drive that started with completing a 22-yard pass to Eli Rogers and a 17-yard pass to Jesse James. Roethlisberger completed the drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Rogers. On the play, Roethlisberger threw a low pass but Rogers completed the reception for the score. Mid 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger had to leave the game for 1 play as he had the wind knocked out of him after being sandwiched by two Cowboys defenders. Roethlisberger started off the 2nd half with a 39-yard pass to Cobi Hamilton. Early 4th quarter, Roethlisberger led a 6-play 46-yard touchdown drive. During the drive, Roethlisberger completed three consecutive passes of 12, 2, and 20 yards to Brown. He followed that up with a quick 10-yard pass to Jesse James who was tackled on the 1-yard line. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger led an impressive 5-play 75-yard touchdown drive. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 10 yards to Ladarius Green, 23 yards to Bell, and 24 yards to Jesse James. Roethlisberger capped the drive by running a fake-spike for a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger sold the spike in classic Dan Marino form and fooled the Cowboys defense. Brown got behind his defender and Roethlisberger put the pass right on target for his 3rd touchdown of the game.
2016 Week 9 vs BAL (23 / 45 / 264 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 1 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger returned for his first game back since suffering a knee injury in Week 6. It was reported that Roethlisberger did not wear a brace or any added protection on the knee during the game. To say that the Steelers offense struggled during the first three quarters would be an understatement. On a couple occasions during the first half, Roethlisberger locked in on a wide receiver and was almost intercepted. Roethlisberger did not look comfortable as he finished the first half with only 50 passing yards. Mid third-quarter, a Roethlisberger pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Ravens DE Timmy Jernigan. Early 4th quarter, Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for a 27-yard pass. Later in that drive on a 4th and 3, Roethlisberger completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger extended the play by rolling out of the pocket to his right. He then found Brown coming back for the ball in the end zone. During the next series, Roethlisberger completed passes of 10 yards to Xavier Grimble, 30 and 22 yards to Eli Rogers, and 12 and 10 yards to Brown. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 29-yard pass to Rogers and followed it up with a 4-yard rushing touchdown. On the play, the Ravens dropped 7 defenders into coverage. The middle opened up and Roethlisberger ran straight diving into the end zone for the touchdown.
2016 Week 6 vs MIA (19 / 34 / 189 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger had an afternoon that he would prefer to forget. The Steelers were only 3/11 (27%) with third down conversions as Roethlisberger was often under heavy pressure. After a Darrius Heyward-Bey rushing touchdown, the Steelers attempted a 2-point conversion. While under duress, Roethlisberger lobbed the ball up to LeVeon Bell, who made the reception completing the 2-point conversion. Mid 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger hurt his left knee while dropping back for a play-action pass. On the play, the Miami defender tripped swiped at Roethlisberger's right foot as he was rolling out causing him to stumble. Roethlisberger was intercepted on the pass by Rashad Jones who dove in front of Sammie Coates. Roethlisberger limped to the locker room after the play but returned to start the second half. He played with a noticeable limp the remainder of the game. Midway through the 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 12, Roethlisberger made a poor decision to thrown to Sammie Coates, who was in double-coverage. The pass was underthrown and intercepted by Abdul-Quddus. Late 4th quarter with Miami leading 23-8, Roethlisberger led a 10 play, 97-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 23-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton. On the play, Roethlisberger showed good touch putting the ball only where Hamilton could come down with it in the left corner of the end zone.
2016 Week 5 vs NYJ (34 / 47 / 380 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger looked comfortable leading the Steelers offense as he faced very little defensive pressure from the Jets. Roethlisberger was content to pick the defense apart with short passes throughout the game. During the Steelers opening series on a 3rd and 7, Roethlisberger connected with Sammie Coates on a 72-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger dropped the pass into Coates hands as he was running down the right sideline. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger led the offense on a 11 play 75-yard drive, which was capped off with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. On the play, James was left uncovered for an easy touchdown pass. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led the offense on a 9 play 80-yard yard drive, which finished with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger had time to wait for Brown to find a soft spot in the defense. On the next series, Roethlisberger fumbled in the red zone as was waiting for a play to develop. Roethlisberger finished off the game with a 12 play 79-yard touchdown drive, capped off with his 4th touchdown pass of the day, a 5-yard touchdown pass to Coates. On the play, Roethlisberger fired the pass across the middle to Coates, who was running a crossing-route.
2016 Week 4 vs KC (22 / 27 / 300 / 5 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger looked comfortable and in control of the Steelers offensive machine. Roethlisberger threw for more touchdowns than incomplete passes. On the Steelers first play from scrimmage, Ben Roethlisberger sold the play-action pass and found Sammie Coates streaking down the right sideline for a 48-yard pass. Mid 1st quarter on 3rd and 9, Roethlisberger found Darrius Heyward-Bey uncovered for an easy 31-yard touchdown pass. On the following 2-point conversion, Roethlisberger completed a pass to Markus Wheaton. After a KC turnover, Roethlisberger completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger displayed patience waiting for Brown to get to an open spot. Late 1st quarter, Roethlisberger completed his 3rd touchdown of the 1st quarter, a 38-yard touchdown pass to Brown. Roethlisberger recognized that Brown was left in one-on-one coverage and capitalized yet again. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. During the 1st half, Roethlisberger completed 14 out of 17 passes for 210 yards and 4 touchdowns. Early 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger kept his foot on the pedal with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton.
2016 Week 3 vs PHI (24 / 44 / 257 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was unable to find any rhythm as the offensive line dealt with pressure throughout the game giving up 4 sacks. Many of Roethlisberger's passes were high and off the mark or dropped. During the 1st half, Roethlisberger completed a 32-yard pass to Eli Rogers and a 41-yard pass to Sammie Coates. However, the Steelers were not able to keep momentum and both drives stalled, one leading to a missed FG attempt and the other to a FG. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger was sacked while under pressure coughing up a fumble. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger threw an interception on a deep pass in the end-zone intended for Darrius Heyward-Bey. The Philadelphia defender turned around just as the ball was coming down to make the interception.
2016 Week 2 vs CIN (19 / 37 / 259 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was inconsistent as he battled both slick conditions and a fierce Bengals pass rush. Roethlisberger went to his 2nd and 3rd passing options with the majority of his pass attempts. Mid 1st quarter on a 4th and 5 from the Bengals 37-yard line, the Steelers decided to go for it. The wet ball slipped out of Roethlisberger's hands as the pass ended up behind Antonio Brown leading to an interception by Adam Jones. Late 1st quarter on a 3rd and 9, Roethlisberger scrambled and pivoted out of the pocket, while extending the play, as he lobbed up a pass down the left sideline to Sammie Coates for a 44-yard gain. A couple plays later, Roethlisberger found TE Xavier Grimble running a post-route for a 21 yard passing touchdown. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the ball high where only Grimble could come down with the pass before he dove into the end-zone. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a deep pass down the right sideline for his 2nd interception of the half. The pass was intended for Sammie Coates but Bengals CB Dre Kirpatrick had position on Coates and came down with the deep pass. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a perfectly timed deep pass for Ciates for a 53-yard reception. On the next play, Roethlisberger kept the momentum by throwing his 2nd touchdown pass of the afternoon. On the play, Roethlisberger threw a high pass to Jesse James who went up and came down with the 9-yard touchdown reception. Mid 4th quarter, Roethlisberger evaded pressure by scrambling forward and ran for a 14-yard gain to the Bengals five-yard line. A few plays later on 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger found Williams for his 3rd touchdown pass of the afternoon. Williams was left uncovered for an easy 5-yard touchdown pass.
2016 Week 1 vs WAS (27 / 37 / 300 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was extremely efficient with finding the opening receiver. Roethlisberger started the game out of the no-huddle formation in multiple wide receiver sets. During the opening series, the Steelers offense went 3 and out. During the next series, the Steelers offense started to move the ball with a couple of quick slants before Roethlisberger threw an interception. On the play, Roethlisberger expected wide receiver Eli Rogers to continue his route rather than sitting down for the pass. Thus, the pass went through Rogers hands deflecting into a Washington defender. Unable to find any rhythm in the no-huddle formation, Roethlisberger started the 3rd series under center. On the Steelers first play under center, Ryan Kerrigan was able to apply pressure and stripped the ball which resulted in a fumble. Maurkice Pouncey was able to recover the fumble for the Steelers. Roethlisberger converted the next two passes, a 14 yard pass to DeAngelo Williams and a 13 yard pass to Antonio Brown. A few plays later on a 4th and 1 from the Redskins 29 yard line, Roethlisberger called an audible after recognizing Brown in man-to-man coverage with Bashaud Breeland. Roethlisberger sold the play-action pass and found Brown streaking down the left sideline for a touchdown pass. On the scoring drive, Roethlisberger completed 5 out of 6 passes for 71 yards and 1 touchdown. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger drove the offense down the field with quick slants to Jesse James and Williams. On 4th and 1, Roethlisberger found Rogers over the middle for a 19 yard pass. A few plays later on 1st and goal from the 3 yard line, Roethlisberger pass was deflected off of Sammie Coates and into Rogers hands for the Steelers 2nd touchdown. During the first half, Roethlisberger was efficient, completing 8 out of 8 passes on 3rd or 4th down pass attempts, for 100 passing yards and 1 touchdown. Roethlisberger continued his efficiency in the 3rd quarter by finding Brown for a 17 yard pass on 3rd down. The drive stalled resulting in a Steelers field goal. On the next series, Roethlisberger fielded a bad snap and threw a perfect 42 yard pass down the left sideline to Sammie Coates. A couple of plays later on 3rd and 3, Roethlisberger found Brown streaking down the left sideline for a 26 yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger showed precision nailing the pass right over Brown's left shoulder. Mid 4th quarter, on a 2nd and 19, Roethlisberger evaded pressure by stepping up in the pocket and throwing up a wobbly 21 yard pass to Brown.
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