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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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Week 13: vs New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ben Roethlisberger watched LeVeon Bell rush for 204 yards and a TD at Tennessee - he did eventually throw the game-winning pass to Antonio Brown at 9:01 in the fourth quarter (21/32 for 207 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown for Roethlisberger; 11 targets for 9/91/1 receiving for Brown that day). As usual, Heath Miller (five targets for 5/71/0 receiving) was in the mix, and Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton both saw five targets (though neither did much with their opportunities - Bryant recorded 2/11/0 receiving while Wheaton had 1/6/0). It was a respectable rebound from the upset loss to the Jets during Week 10. This week the Steelers return to hospitable Heinz Field and welcome the Saints' 23rd-ranked pass D to the holiday weekend - New Orleans averages 253.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores given up vs. six interceptions generated (26th in the NFL) and 23 sacks recorded (18th) this year. Joe Flacco threw 18/24 for 234 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions at New Orleans last week (one sack for -9 yards taken); Andy Dalton threw three TDs there two games ago (16/22 for 219 net yards passing, with one sack taken for -1 yards). This looks like a good matchup for Roethlisberger and Brown.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
9 vs BAL 25 37 340 6 0 2 1 0 1
10 at NYJ 30 43 343 1 2 1 0 0 0
11 at TEN 21 32 207 1 1 3 2 0 0
13 vs NO PROJ-Dodds 24 35 * * * 2 * * *
13 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay 25 38 * * * 2 * * *
13 vs NO PROJ-Bloom 22 34 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs NYJ (30 / 43 / 343 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

After throwing 12 touchdowns in two weeks, Ben Roethlisberger disappointed fantasy owners in a plus matchup against a porous Jets' secondary that was yielding 2.4 passing touchdowns per game on the season. Roethlisberger threw 2 untimely interceptions, both in Jets' territory on extended drives that would have otherwise resulted in a score for the Steelers. His first interception came on a goalline slant route to Martavis Bryant, where the defensive back deftly got a hand in front of the pass, deflecting it to diving Jets' Safety Jaiquawn Jarret. Jarret was the recipient of Roethlisberger's second interception, too, which came on a play where Roethlisberger was enjoying superior pass blocking, but floated a pass into triple coverage that was nowhere near the intended target, Markus Wheaton. While his stat line may not reflect it, Roethlisberger struggled with accuracy for most of the afternoon, particularly on middle to deep passes; he constantly underthrew his receivers on deep passes and he was often inaccurate even on shorter routes (he was nearly picked off a third time late in the fourth quarter during their only TD drive of the day). Roethlisberger's only touchdown pass of the day came late in the fourth quarter when the pocket collapsed, he rolled to his left, and found rookie Martavis Bryant open deep in Jets' territory for an 80-yard strike.

2014 Week 11 vs TEN (21 / 32 / 207 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)

Ben Roethlisberger endured a litany of blitzes by the Titans' defensive front on Monday night; he was under pressure on approximately half of the Steelers' passing plays and was sacked 5 times on the day. Roethlisberger has now been sacked 30 times on the season, which is 7th worst in the NFL. Despite the constant pressure, Big Ben managed the game effectively, moving the sticks often (29 first downs) and nearly doubled the Steelers' time of possession over the Titans. Roethlisberger did, however, throw a costly interception late in the second quarter, when he lofted a pass in the redzone to Antonio Brown while under pressure from a Titans' blitz; Brown found space against his defender, but Roethlisberger's pass was nowhere near Brown and was picked off in the endzone by Titans' CB Jason McCourty. That interception would prove to be a 10-point play because not only did the Steelers lose out on a short field goal opportunity, they subsequently gave up an 80-yard touchdown to ex-Steeler Nate Washington on the following play. Roethlisberger did salvage a touchdown pass of his own when he found Antonio Brown for a 12-yard go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.

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Schedule

13vs New Orleans Saints
14@ Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Atlanta Falcons
16vs Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Cincinnati Bengals