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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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Recent Stats and Projections

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8 vs IND 40 49 522 6 0 1 -1 0 0
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

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs BAL (25 / 37 / 340 / 6 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)

Roethlisberger had his second consecutive 6-touchdown passing game against a Ravens' defense that was previously allowing less than a single passing touchdown per game. Roethlisberger and the Steelers got off to a slow start, being held scoreless until midway through the second quarter; in fact, Roethlisberger was sacked on three consecutive plays for a cumulative loss of 29 yards early in the second quarter. He did, however, get on track shortly thereafter when he threw 3 touchdown passes within a 7-minute span to 3 different receivers (Le'Veon Bell, Martavis Bryant, and Markus Wheaton). His second-half efforts were equally productive, as Roethlisberger found Antonio Bryant, Martavis Bryant (again), and Matt Spaeth for touchdowns. Despite a few misdirected throws, Roethlisberger has shown significant improvement over the past few weeks in his passing accuracy; earlier in the season, he was ranked in the bottom-5 in quarterback accuracy, but Roethlisberger now ranks fourth overall (per ProFootballFocus). With the recent introduction of a big redzone receiver (Martavis Bryant) to this offense, Roethlisberger now has a string of receivers who are complementary to one another and the passing offense is clicking on all cylinders. Roethlisberger's lone misstep on the night came late in the fourth quarter when he and Center Maurkice Pouncey muffed a snap exchange and lost the ball to the Ravens' defense, which subsequently led to a Ravens' touchdown.

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

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