QB Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-5, 241||Born: 3-2-1982||College: Miami (OH)||Drafted: Round 1, pick 11|
Week 12: at Seattle Seahawks
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Seattle is always a tough place to visit, and that is what the Steelers have to do Sunday afternoon. Ben Roethlisberger fought through his sore foot to come off the bench and win one for the home team two weeks ago (bombing the Browns for 22/33 for 379 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown). His favorite wide receivers feasted on the Browns during that one, with 10 targets for 6/178/1 going to Martavis Bryant and 14 for 10/139/2 flowing to Antonio Brown. Brown and Bryant owners love Roethlisberger and his passing arm. The Seattle pass D is ranked second in the NFL this year, averaging 207.2 net passing yards allowed, with 10 passing scores handed out but a mere four interceptions (tied for dead last in the NFL) and 25 sacks generated (tied for 11th in the NFL). They gave up 22/34 for 247 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to Blaine Gabbert last week, though, and over the past four weeks the Seahawks have flown in the middle of the NFL flock, averaging 19.2 fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (19th in the NFL), allowing the ninth-least fantasy points to opposing wide receivers (18.6 per game on average) and have given up the 13th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends (9.4 per game on average). This is not a shut-down pass D entering December, but they are hard on opposing wideouts. This will be a tough matchup for Roethlisberger, but he's also probably your fantasy starter unless you are loaded up for bear at quarterback.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 10 vs CLE (22 / 33 / 379 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger entered the game during the middle of the 1st quarter and worked out of the shotgun formation for the majority of the game. He was able to play without restriction and looked good on the majority of his passes. During his first series, he completed a 16 yard pass to Antonio Brown and a 45 yard pass to Martavis Bryant. Early 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger found Bryant running down the right sideline for a 65 yard reception. Mid 2nd quarter on a 1st and goal from the 4 yard line, Roethlisberger completed a 4 yard touchdown reception to Brown. On the play, Brown ran behind a Heath Miller pick and was able to make an easy touchdown reception. On the next play, Roethlisberger found Brown in the right corner of the end-zone to to convert the 2-point play. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 20 yard pass to Brown. Roethlisberger followed that up with a 32 yard touchdown pass to Bryant. On the play, Roethlisberger hit Bryant in-stride running into the end-zone. At halftime, Roethlisberger had 286 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Early 4th quarter, Roethlisberger was looking for Heath Miller over the middle of the field. The pass was high and intercepted. During the next drive, Roethlisberger completed a quick slant to Brown for a 56 yard touchdown pass. On the play, Brown was able to get behind the defense and run for the touchdown. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 28 yard pass to Bryant on the right sideline.
2015 Week 9 vs OAK (24 / 44 / 334 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger targeted Antonio Brown early and often. During the opening series, Roethlisberger completed a delay screen pass to DeAngelo Williams for a 33 yard gain. Late 1st quarter, Roethlisberger went deep with a play-action pass to Brown for a 59 yard gain. Later in the drive, he completed two more passes to Brown for 11 and 9 yards. After a Williams rushing touchdown, the Steelers went for a 2-point conversion. Roethlisberger found a wide open Williams to complete the easy conversion. During a drive in the middle of the 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed two more passes to Brown for 5 and 41 yards. Late 2nd quarter, he called Brown's name again for receptions of 19 and 9 yards before the Steelers kicked a field goal. Pittsburgh led the game 21-14 at halftime and Roethlisberger had 247 passing yards. During the middle of the 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 13, Roethlisberger was targeting Antonio Brown on a sideline route. On the play, Brown was under-cut and the pass was intercepted. During the middle of the third quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 22 yard screen pass to Williams. Early in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger completed a quick WR screen pass to Martavis Bryant. On the play, Bryant did the heavy lifting running for a 15 yard touchdown. After a Raiders turnover, Roethlisberger found tight end Jesse James open in the middle of the end zone for an easy 4 yard touchdown. During the middle of the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger took a sack from Aldon Smith. On the play, Roethlisberger's left foot was trapped underneath Smith as he fell on it. Roethlisberger immediately grabbed his foot and had to be helped off the field as he could not put any weight on it. Early reports are that it is a mid-foot sprain and that he will miss a couple of weeks.
2015 Week 8 vs CIN (28 / 45 / 262 / 1 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger looked good early with a 12 play, 80 yard opening drive. His passes were crisp with completions of 14 and 12 yards to Antonio Brown and 10 yards to Martavis Bryant. On a 3rd a goal, Roethlisberger hit Brown in stride as he was running in motion fro left-to-right for a one yard touchdown. The offense couldn't get in rhythm again until late in the first half. Roethlisberger was able to move the ball during this series with short passes and crossing routes, mainly to Heath Miller. Roethlisberger completed passes of 10, 12, and 6 yards to Miller during the series. The drive stalled at mid-field after Roethlisberger was off target on a couple of passes. The Steelers went into the halftime with a 7-6 lead and Roethlisberger totaled 86 passing yards. Early in the 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 5, Roethlisberger threw a deep pass into double coverage intended for Brown. The pass was under-thrown and intercepted. During the next series, Roethlisberger completed a pass over the middle to Heath Miller for a 14 yard gain. He followed that up with a 17 yard pass to Brown. A couple of plays later, Roethlisberger completed another pass to Miller for a 25 yard gain. He completed one more pass on the drive to DeAngelo Williams before the offense settled for a field goal. Holding a 10-6 lead with just under six minutes left in the game, Roethlisberger rolled out to his left and forced a pass down the left sideline intended for Will Johnson. The route was jumped and the pass was intercepted. This was a game changing turnover. After a go-ahead Bengals touchdown, Roethlisberger started off the next series with a misfire for his third interception. The pass sailed over an open Antonio Brown for the interception. Down 16-10, the Steelers had one last opportunity with under two minutes on the clock. Roethlisberger drove the offense down the field with passes of 16 yards and 21 yards to Bryant, 13 yards and 11 yards to Miller, and 12 yards to Williams. On the final play of the game from the Cincinnati 16 yard line, Roethlisberger sailed a pass out of the end zone. Brown came up with the ball but was well out of bounds. After the game, Roethlisberger took responsibility saying that the loss was on him.
2015 Week 3 vs STL (20 / 24 / 192 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Steelers offense started off the game with their no-huddle shotgun attack. Ben Roethlisberger looked sharp completing his first 7 passes driving the offense down to the Rams 2 yard line. The drive stalled after a tipped pass and the Steelers had to settle for a field goal. Roethlisberger went 7 for 8 for 71 yards on the 77 yard scoring drive. During the drive, Roethlisberger spread out passes to Antonio Brown, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Le-Veon Bell. During the second series, Roethlisberger drove the offense down the field again with multiple passes to Antonio Brown. After a Le'Veon Bell rushing touchdown, the Steelers offense continued their trend of attempting 2 point conversions. Roethlisberger's quick slant to Heyward-Bey was tipped to the ground on the missed conversion. During the middle of the 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a deep pass off target for an interception. On the play, Markus Wheaton tried a double move, a hitch-and-go, but the Rams defense did not bite. During the middle of the 3rd quarter on a 2nd and 18, Roethlisberger took a hit to his left knee from a blitzing Mark Baron. Roethlisberger was helped off the field and carted to the locker room as he could not put any weight on his left leg. The early diagnosis is a sprained MCL and bruised knee. The Steelers expect to be without Roethlisberger for the next 4-6 weeks.
2015 Week 2 vs SF (21 / 27 / 369 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was efficient throwing the football throughout the game. He had plenty of time to set up his passes. During the second series of the game, Roethlisberger found Darrius Heyward-Bey on a 41 yard vertical route. Later in the drive on a 2nd a goal from the 3, Roethlisberger completed a quick curl route to Heath Miller for his first touchdown. The Steelers went for the two point conversion and Roethlisberger completed a quick curl route to Antonio Brown on the conversion. During the third series of the game, Roethlisberger completed a deep 59 yard pass to Antonio Brown. After a DeAngelo Williams touchdown, Roethlisberger completed his second two point conversion on a TE screen pass to Heath Miller. Later in the first half, Roethlisberger found Heyward-Bey for a 35 yard touchdown after he beat the defense on a vertical route. At halftime, the Steelers were up 29-3 and Roethlisberger had 252 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Early in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 48 yard vertical route to Markus Wheaton. Later in the 4th quarter on a 3rd and 3, the defense jumped off-side and Roethlisberger had a free play. He completed a 57 yard pass to Brown on yet another vertical route. A couple of plays later Roethlisberger found Brown in the left corner of the end zone for his third touchdown.
2015 Week 1 vs NE (26 / 38 / 351 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was efficient throwing the football without big play threat Martavis Bryant. Early in the game, Roethlisberger completed short passes to Antionio Brown and Heath Miller. The Steelers did not come away with points during the first few series due to two missed field goals by new acquired kicker Josh Scobee. On the third series of the game, on 3rd and 8 from the Pittsburgh 22 yard line, Roethlisberger dropped a perfectly placed pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 48 yard gain. On the fourth series of the game with 13 second left before halftime, on 2nd and 5 from the New England 25 yard line, Roethlisberger found Heyward-Bey again in the end zone. The touchdown did not stand as Heyward-Bey had his right foot on the chalk when he went down for the basket catch. During the second half on the fifth series of the game, Roethlisberger went play action and found Brown for a 33 yard gain. After a Will Johnson rushing TD, Roethlisberger converted the two point conversion on a quick slant to Markus Wheaton. On the play, Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich rolled up on Roethlisberger's left ankle. Roethlisberger winced but looked OK coming off the field. After driving the field on the sixth series of the game, Roethlisberger missed a touchdown opportunity to a wide open Antonio Brown in the end zone. He elected for a short shovel pass to Miller for a 4 yard gain. After a field goal, during the eighth series of the game, the Steelers found themselves down 28-14. On the New England 47 yard line, Roethlisberger made a poor decision forcing the ball into double coverage on a deep pass intended for Heyward-Bey. New England safety Duron Harmon came across the field and came up with the interception. Roethlisberger's lone touchdown came with seven second left in the game. From the New England 11 yard line, Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown cutting across the back of the end zone for the touchdown.
Latest NewsSteelers | Ben Roethlisberger saves the day (Sun Nov 15, 07:12 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot) came off the bench to replace QB Landry Jones (leg) and finished with 379 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 30-9 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 10. Our View: Roethlisberger was in very few lineups, but everyone who owns him has to be heartened by his huge game and better than expected health heading into the bye. The Steelers offense is finally starting to come together despite some crushing injury blows this year.
link to story Steelers | Landry Jones returns to sideline (Sun Nov 15, 01:51 PM) - Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones (ankle) returned to the sideline after being carted off with an ankle injury. QB Ben Roethlisberger remained in the game as the starting quarterback, however. link to story
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