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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 Oct 27): Roethlisberger finally gets a big/fast receiver on the field in rookie Martavis Bryant, and hell breaks loose in the passing game. Coincidence? We can't anoint Ben as an elite or even strong QB1 yet, but he got hot for a bit in the second half of last year. This week against the Ravens is a terrific test.

Week 9: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. WOW! Ben Roethlisberger is nuclear hot entering the second half of the season, having thrown for an incredible 40/49 for 522 yards passing, six TDs and zero interceptions (with zero sacks taken) against the Colts last Sunday. As usual, Antonio Brown led all receivers with 13 targets for 10/133/2 receiving vs. Indianapolis, followed by old stalwart Heath Miller (eight for 7/112/1). Youngsters Martavis Bryant (seven for 5/83/2) and Markus Wheaton (five for 5/56/1) also caught TD passes, while Le'Veon Bell snagged 6/56/0 on seven tries. It is all GREAT for the Steelers entering this key AFC North showdown. Last time Roethlisberger and company saw Baltimore (Week 2) the passing game was struggling (22/37 for 217 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception), but that is not true as of Week 9. This is a new game, friends. The Ravens' pass D coughed up 21/28 for 239 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception to Andy Dalton last week (two sacks taken for -27 yards), after holding Matt Ryan and company to 29/44 for 186 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions (with five sacks taken for -42 yards behind their injury-ravaged offensive line). So far this season, Baltimore is ranked 22nd in the NFL averaging 256.0 net passing yards allowed per game,with seven passing scores given out vs. five interceptions (tied for 20th in the NFL) and seventeen sacks (16th) generated to date. The Steelers have given out 20 sacks this season (tied for 23rd in the NFL) - Roethlisberger is likely to have some pass rushers in his face this weekend. If Roethlisberger can avoid taking a lot of sacks, he should have a good game against the sub-par Ravens' secondary.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
5 at JAX 26 36 273 1 0 3 -2 0 1
6 at CLE 21 42 228 1 1 1 7 0 0
7 vs HOU 23 33 265 2 0 4 3 0 1
8 vs IND 40 49 522 6 0 1 -1 0 0
9 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds 27 39 * * * 2 * * *
9 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay 25 38 * * * 2 * * *
9 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 25 38 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs CLE (21 / 42 / 228 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Roethlisberger had his second disappointing fantasy performance in as many weeks, finishing the day with a garbage-time touchdown pass to Lance Moore to salvage any semblance of fantasy output. The touchdown to Moore came with two minutes remaining in the game, when the Browns were leading 31-3; on the play, Roethlisberger rolled out of the pocket when his receivers were in tight coverage and eventually found Lance Moore near the endzone for 26-yards yards. Roethlisberger was sacked only twice on the day and those sacks came on back-to-back plays in the third quarter in the middle of a promising 60+ yard drive that subsequently ended with a punt. He was credited with an interception after a short pass intended for Markus Wheaton was tipped at the line of scrimmage by a defensive lineman and caught by a diving Buster Skrine; that interception ended a streak of 129 passes without an interception by Roethlisberger.

2014 Week 7 vs HOU (23 / 33 / 265 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)

Roethlisberger accumulated the majority of his fantasy output in a 48-second stretch near the end of the first half; during that period of time, Roethlisberger threw for a quick 76 yards and 2 touchdowns, which accounted for ~ 75% of his fantasy point production. Roethlisberger's first TD pass went to Martavis Bryant on a go route, where Bryant got behind the cornerback and Roethlisberger adeptly dropped the 35-yard pass into Bryant's arms in the back of the endzone. Roethlisberger's second TD pass came less than a minute later (after a Texans' turnover) when Le'Veon Bell went into motion to the right flank and was left uncovered by the Texans' defense; Bell caught a quick 2-yard pass in the front corner of the endzone to give the Steelers an 11-point lead. Roethlisberger tossed a third touchdown in the 3rd quarter to Antonio Brown that was reversed when instant replay showed that the tip of Brown's shoe touched the sideline during the catch. Roethlisberger was sacked 3 times in the first half and lost a fumble during one of those sacks (his 4th fumble in 3 games); he did not, however, throw an interception.

2014 Week 8 vs IND (40 / 49 / 522 / 6 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Roethlisberger had an historic game against the Indianapolis Colts, throwing for over 500 yards and 6 touchdowns. Vontae Davis, the league's best coverage cornerback, was slated to shadow Antonio Brown entering this game and when Davis left the game early with an injury, the wheels fell off the Colts' defensive bus. Roethlisberger completed 40 of 49 attempts (3 dropped passes and 1 throw away) and was in total control of the Steelers' offense throughout the afternoon. Roethlisberger found both Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant on perfectly-placed fade passes, both for touchdowns and used his underneath receivers (Le'Veon Bell and Heath Miller) to keep drives alive. After struggling in the redzone over the previous 7 games, Roethlisberger and the Steelers converted 5 out of 6 opportunities in the redzone for touchdowns in this effort; their sole failure was the result of a LeGarrette Blount fumble at the Colts' 5-yard line. Antonio Brown remained Roethlisberger's favorite receiver with 13 targets, but he distributed the ball fairly evenly between Heath Miller (8 targets), Martavis Bryant (7 targets), Le'Veon Bell (7 targets), and Markus Wheaton (5 targets), which kept the Colts' secondary guessing throughout the afternoon. Since Martavis Bryant arrived on the scene and added dimensions that the Steelers' passing game was previously lacking (size & deep ball ability), Roethlisberger is 63 for 82 with 787 yards passing, 8 touchdowns, and no interceptions.

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Latest News

Steelers | Big Ben tosses six touchdowns (Sun Oct 26, 11:14 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed 40 of his 49 pass attempts for 522 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 8 game against the Indianapolis Colts. His passing yardage and touchdowns were each franchise records, as he racked up his 100th victory in his 150th NFL start. In fact, Roethlisberger's yardage total was the fourth highest in NFL history. Roethlisberger is now 18-1 at home in the month of October.

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Schedule

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