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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 29): The Steelers have a myriad of problems, but Roethlisberger is not one of them. He and Antonio Brown are the core of a very vibrant pass offense that could have had a much bigger day against a lapse-prone Bucs defense. He should lead a feeding frenzy against the Jaguars in Week 5.

Week 5: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
1 vs CLE 23 34 365 1 1 2 8 0 0
2 at BAL 22 37 217 0 1 0 0 0 0
3 at CAR 22 30 196 2 0 1 1 0 0
4 vs TB 29 40 314 3 0 2 4 0 1
5 at JAX PROJ-Dodds 24 36 * * * 2 * * *
5 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay 22 34 * * * 2 * * *
5 at JAX PROJ-Bloom 23 33 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs BAL (22 / 37 / 217 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Roethlisberger struggled against the Ravens' defense for much of this contest. On the 3rd play from scrimmage, Roethlisberger took a solid hit from Courtney Upshaw while getting sacked and the officiating crew awarded the Steelers a 15-yard penalty for 'roughing the passer.' That hit seemed to stick with Roethelisberger for the rest of the game, as he was rushed to get rid of the ball, even when he was not pressured by the defense. This observation was supported by the fact that, of the 37 attempts made by Roethlisberger, not a single pass attempt was beyond 20 yards. On the 10 snaps where he was pressured by the defense, he performed admirably, completing 5 of 8 passes while taking only 2 sacks. Roethlisberger's biggest problem was that he was exceptionally inaccurate for much of the night; he badly missed his receivers on 10 passes (of 37 attempts), at least one of which may have gone for a touchdown if it was anywhere in the immediate vicinity of Heath Miller during the 2-minute drill at the end of the first half. During garbage time in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger padded his stats with 72 passing yards, but the drive ended when he was intercepted on a 'tip and pick' interception by Haloti Ngata.

2014 Week 3 vs CAR (22 / 30 / 196 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Roethlisberger returned from his miserable Week #2 performance and could not have been more efficient against a Panthers' defense that had only allowed 21 points through their first two games. Roethlisberger was rarely pressured (4 times out of 31 snaps) and he connected on 22 of the 27 receiver-directed passes; his remaining three passes on record were the result of being hit as he threw one, another being batted at the line of scrimmage, and the last was spiked to stop the clock just before halftime. Ben actually threw three touchdown passes, but the first was called back after Markus Wheaton failed to reestablish himself in bounds prior to catching the touchdown. Roethlisberger did, however, manage to throw two subsequent TD passes to Antonio Brown in the second half; the first was a play in which he was forced to roll out of the pocket and he found Antonio Brown in the back right corner of the endzone on his second read (he was looking to Wheaton on a quick slant, but Wheaton could not separate himself from coverage). Roethlisberger's subsequent touchdown came on the next drive, where he found Antonio Brown on a short crossing pattern to easily get into the endzone.

2014 Week 4 vs TB (29 / 40 / 314 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)

Roethlisberger managed to put together a very nice outing against the Bucs despite being sacked 5 times before halftime. He was not intercepted, but did fumble the ball during a sack when Le'Veon Bell missed a blitz blocking assignment early in the first quarter. Overall, Roethlisberger was impressive, completing 29 of 37 attempts (3 other 'attempts' were thrown away, batted at the line of scrimmage, and spiked, respectively); of the 8 remaining attempts that did not result in a completion, 5 of those passes were dropped by Steelers' receivers. Roethlisberger threw 3 touchdown passes in the game, 2 of which went to Antonio Brown in the first half; his third TD pass went to Heath Miller in the 3rd quarter on a quick slant route. Roethlisberger's only miscues in the passing game included grossly overthrowing both Markus Wheaton (3rd quarter) and Antonio Brown (4th quarter) on routes where they had gained separation from their coverage; both plays likely would have resulted in long touchdowns, if only Roethlisberger's pass(es) had managed to hit them in stride.

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Latest News

Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger reaches milestone (Mon Sep 29, 12:40 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger became only the 12th quarterback in NFL history to pass 35,000 career passing yards. He went 29-for-40 for 314 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Our View: Too bad the milestone came in a loss. After crushing the Panthers, many Steelers fans worried the team would play down to their competition. It comes as no surprise that Tampa Bay was able to come out on top in Week 4.
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Steelers | More on Ben Roethlisberger (Sun Sep 28, 02:22 PM) - Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (arm) left the game early Week 4 because of a right arm injury but is considered probable to return.

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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger injured (Sun Sep 28, 02:04 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (hand) went to the locker room after hurting his right hand during the team's Week 4 game.

Our View: Roethlisberger threw a score after hitting his hand on Marcus Gilbert's helmet and he is still in the game in the two-minute drill. This could always reveal an injury later in the game or after the game, but for now it looks like everything is ok.
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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger probable (Fri Sep 26, 02:12 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (non-injury) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 26, and is listed as probable for Week 4.

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Schedule

5@ Jacksonville Jaguars
6@ Cleveland Browns
7vs Houston Texans
8vs Indianapolis Colts
9vs Baltimore Ravens
10@ New York Jets
11@ Tennessee Titans
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs New Orleans Saints
14@ Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Atlanta Falcons
16vs Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Cincinnati Bengals