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QB Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-5, 241Born: 3-2-1982College: Miami (OH)Drafted: Round 1, pick 11

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Roethlisberger was respectable against a tough Vikings defense. He didn't have to take a lot of risks to beat Minnesota without Sam Bradford and still hooked up with secondary receivers for two scores on a day that Antonio Brown was blanketed by Xavier Rhodes. He'll go on the road and be an acceptable starter at Chicago next week.

General News (Thu Sep 21): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Sep 20): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).

Week 3: at Chicago Bears

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FBG says: Good matchup. Ben Roethlisberger looked just fine in Week 2, testing the Vikings' imposing secondary to a solid amount of success. He completed 23 of 35 passes for 243 yards and 2 scores, and he could've had a markedly bigger game. Roethlisberger threw a whopping 10 deep passes (15+ yards downfield), two of which drew long pass interference flags. He simply looks far more confident and accurate when playing at home. He'll be on the road this Sunday, though, where his outlook is a little less rosy. Over his last 3 seasons (plus 1 game), his yardage has fallen by 16% per attempt and 21% per game away from Pittsburgh, and he's thrown just 1.1 touchdowns a game over that span. Overall, his fantasy production has declined by a whopping 43% on the road, including some memorably middling showings against mediocre pass defenses. All told, though, his arrow is pointing up. Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant are winning battles on all levels of the field, and dual-threat extraordinaire LeVeon Bell is rounding into form. Under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the Bears have improved exponentially against the pass. They've been especially adept at funneling opportunity away from opposing WR1s; dating back to the start of last season, they've shut down the likes of DeAndre Hopkins, Dez Bryant, Mike Evans, Jordy Nelson, and Julio Jones (twice). Of course, as our John Lee will point out, that's a taller task when that WR1 has a strong complement on the other side, as Evans did in last week's matchup. With DeSean Jackson drawing deep help down the field, Evans managed to meet his typical expectations, catching 7 of his 9 targets for 93 yards and a touchdown (and dropping another). As a result, it's hard to project what Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant will be able to do Sunday. The Bears don't use top cornerback Prince Amukamara to shadow top receivers, and the Steelers move their wideouts around quite a bit, so both will get their chances against shaky cover man Marcus Cooper. Expect occasional fireworks on that side, as the Bears will struggle to provide safety help to both cornerbacks.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 at CLE 60 24 36 263 2 1 3 -8 0 0 19.35
2 vs MIN 74 23 35 243 2 0 2 -2 0 0 19.95
3 at CHI PROJ-Dodds * 24 36 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 23 37 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at CHI PROJ-Bloom * 23 35 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs MIN (23 / 35 / 243 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger took what the Vikings defense would give as he finished with 23 completions on 35 passing attempts for 243 yards and two touchdowns. Mid first quarter, Roethlisberger led a nine play 78-yard drive that finished with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant. On the play, Roethlisberger delivered a crisp pass to Bryant while he was in stride and he outran the Vikings defense for the touchdown. Early second quarter, Roethlisberger led a five play 60-yard drive that concluded with a 4-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. On the play, Roethlisberger sold the play before dropping a quick shovel pass to Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger finished the first half with 9 completions on 18 pass attempts for 81 yards and two touchdowns. He found some rhythm during the second half with the short passing game. Mid third quarter, Roethlisberger completed two passes to Bryant for 13 and 51 yards. He caught the Vikings defense offsides and showed renewed chemistry with Bryant on the 51-yard completion. Early fourth quarter, Roethlisberger completed passes of 8, 16, and 11 yards to Eli Rogers. He also completed a 26-yard pass to Antonio Brown halfway through the fourth quarter.

2017 Week 1 vs CLE (24 / 36 / 263 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / -8 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger produced a solid game-winning performance with 24 completions on 36 pass attempts for 263 yards and 2 touchdowns. The offense started out of the spread formation passing the ball on the Steelers first five plays. However, offensive holding penalties quickly stopped any momentum. The offense struggled getting into rhythm until late in the 2nd quarter when Roethlisberger targeted Antonio Brown on three consecutive passes which resulted in gains of 50, 11, and 19 yards. Roethlisberger finished the 7 play 91-yard drive by completing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. On the 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger placed the ball in a small window in the middle of the end zone. Roethlisberger finished the half with 13 completions on 20 pass attempts for 148 yards and 1 touchdown. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led a 6 play 75-yard drive which concluded with his second touchdown pass of the afternoon to James. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 14 yards to Martavis Bryant and 10 yards to Le'Veon Bell. On 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger found James peeling off of his block for the short touchdown pass. Early 4th quarter on a 3rd and 9, a pass intended for Martavis Bryant was tipped and intercepted by the Browns.

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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger back on the field (Thu Sep 21, 05:16 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 21.

Our View: The biggest challenge Ben Roethlisberger might face this weekend is getting so far ahead of the Bears that the game plan basically gets shut down. He should have a solid day, but we think he'll fall just short of QB1 status this week
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Steelers | Pittsburgh practice report for Wednesday (Wed Sep 20, 04:52 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (illness), TE Jesse James (ankle), C Maurkice Pouncey (illness) and QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. LB Bud Dupree (shoulder), DE Stephon Tuitt (biceps) amd LB T.J. Watt (groin) were limited participants, while S J.J. Wilcox (concussion) practiced in full.

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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger rested Wednesday (Wed Sep 20, 04:36 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (rest) was given the day off to rest at practice Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Our View: No big deal and something we're likely to see every week for the veteran quarterback.
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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger throws two TDs (Sun Sep 17, 05:56 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger went 23-for-35 for 243 yards and two touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2.

Our View: Roethlisberger didn't make any big mistakes and held serve against a Vikings defense that is one of the better units in the league. He'll be a middling play on the road against the Bears next week.
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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger has solid outing (Sun Sep 10, 03:55 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger went 24-for-36 for 263 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1.

Our View: Roethlisberger wasn't outstanding, but he didn't fall prey to the road/home split that scared some last year. Martavis Bryant was a non-factor, but Antonio Brown was his typical Hall of Fame self and Jesse James did great work in the red zone. Next week Roethlisberger goes home to face the tough Vikings defense.
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Schedule

3@ Chicago Bears
4@ Baltimore Ravens
5vs Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ Kansas City Chiefs
7vs Cincinnati Bengals
8@ Detroit Lions
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Indianapolis Colts
11vs Tennessee Titans
12vs Green Bay Packers
13@ Cincinnati Bengals
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns