QB Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-5, 241||Born: 3-2-1982||College: Miami (OH)||Drafted: Round 1, pick 11 (2004)|
2019 Week 1 vs NE (27 / 47 / 276 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Drops and overthrows are the story of Ben Roethlisberger's night against the New England Patriots. Similar to last year, Ben Roethlisberger and his offensive coordinator, Randy Fichtner, started the game with short passes and allowing Roethlisberger to get into rhythm. In fact, Roethlisberger started the game three for three with a pinpoint pass to Juju Smith-Schuster converting a first down on their opening drive. Unfortunately, instead of continuing to pick the Patriots apart underneath, Roethlisberger took a deep shot on third down to Johnny Holton. The ball was underthrown and Holton was not able to make a play to keep the drive alive. As the game continued, Roethlisberger was trying to find other weapons to step up due to tight coverage on Juju Smith-Schuster from Stephon Gilmore. Roethlisberger not only found safety in dumping the ball off underneath to both James Conner and Jaylen Samuels, but also found reliability in slot receiver Ryan Switzer. Unfortunately, Roethlisberger's best throw of the night came on a dropped pass in the end zone by Donte Moncrief. The pass was exactly where it needed to be for an 18-yard touchdown, but the ball was separated from Moncrief by the defender. Ben did have one other highlight toss second year wide receiver James Washington on a 45-yard completion. The ball was thrown well ahead of the receiver and Washington made a good play tracking the ball. Ultimately, something we to remember from this game is that things could have been a lot worse for Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger ended the game with one turnover, an interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter when the game was out of hand, and he easily could've had two more. One from a fumble in the red zone when he was hit from behind and another when a defender undercut Juju Smith-Schuster's route.
2019 Week 2 vs SEA (8 / 15 / 75 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger, coming into his 2019 home opener, had a 68.9% completion percentage and a 22-7 touchdown to interception ratio. Unfortunately, his sterling track record did not carry over into this game. Roethlisberger was seeing extreme pressure as early as the second play of the game. He took a sack where he landed awkwardly on his elbow. Similar to Week 1, Roethlisberger did take his deep shots against the Seahawk's secondary. Also similar to Week 1, Roethlisberger targeted speedy wide receiver, Johnny Holton. Holton, this time, was open as he split his defenders deep, but Roethlisberger overthrew the ball. Roethlisberger's best pass of the game came just before half time. Roethlisberger looked the defender inside so Juju Smith-Schuster could gain outside leverage and work in space. Roethlisberger went to the locker room with a couple minutes left in the first half and did not return the rest of the game.
2018 Week 1 vs CLE (23 / 41 / 335 / 1 / 3 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
The new look slimmer Ben Roethlisberger struggled early. His first interception was thrown into heavy coverage, interception two came on a miss-fire to Antonio Brown, and his third came when the Steelers were driving on the Browns. Unfortunately, this was only in the first half. In the second half things didn't get better. Roethlisberger added a fumble in the fourth-quarter and another interception that looked like an interception during overtime. Roethlisberger displayed his signature escapability on a 15-yard run and his uncanny ability to find Antonio Brown for a touchdown, even in double coverage. The elements were largely to blame for such a bad start to Ben's season.
2018 Week 2 vs KC (39 / 60 / 452 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 1 rush)
Roethlisberger came into the game with an elbow injury and wore a sleeve on his right arm for protection. Ben Roethlisberger did not only need protection for his arm, but he also needed extra protection with his right guard, David DeCastro, out for the game. DeCastro's absence was felt throughout the game and Roethlisberger was moved off his spot and forced to make plays on his own. With their backs against the wall Roethlisberger almost turned the ball over again if it weren't for a holding penalty that negated the play. Through the first half of the game Roethlisberger had over 30 pass attempts, and the Steelers were using the short passing game to supplement the run and was efficient. At one point, Roethlisberger as 9-9 before missing James Washington on a deep end zone target. Ben Roethlisberger wasn't off target through the game, but he had miscommunications with his receivers and was putting more velocity on his throws than Week 1. With the Steelers down by two scores, Roethlisberger rushed for a touchdown with two minutes left in the game.
2018 Week 3 vs TB (30 / 38 / 353 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger started Week 3 slowly. His first possession ended with a three and out and his second possession ended on an interception was picked off. The rest of the first half Roethlisberger was on target. Ben Roethlisberger finished the two-minute drill 8-9 for 74 yards and a touchdown. The scoring drive was capped by a short pass to Ryan Switzer. After half time Roethlisberger only had 13 more pass attempts and struggled to sustain drives. At the end of the day the stats look good, but Ben is still missing his on deep targets (1-4 on targets of 30-yards or more).
2018 Week 4 vs BAL (27 / 47 / 274 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Starting the game there wasn't much open down the field for Ben Roethlisberger. The Ravens were playing a lot of zone coverage. Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense looked to be finding the holes in the second quarter with a big play to Vance McDonald and a well thrown jump ball touchdown to Antonio Brown to tie the game. In the second half the Ravens seemed to have Roethlisberger and crew's number. They were disrupting his timing just enough to take away his top options in the second half and cause two of Roethlisberger's signature pump fakes to be thrown to the ground.
2018 Week 5 vs ATL (19 / 29 / 250 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
This is Roethlisberger's lowest attempt game of the season and you could see the lower attempts came from a combination of hitting on longer pass plays and having balance to the offense. Early on Roethlisberger relied on James Conner to be the team's offense. Bringing the defense closer to the line of scrimmage. As soon as the Falcons defense crept up Roethlisberger was able to attack deep. Roethlisberger allowed JuJu Smith-Schuster to make a high-point play for a touchdown early and Ben's best pass of the season to Antonio Brown came off of a nine route where Ben hit Brown in stride for a touchdown. Overall, Roethlisberger was able to hit on two of five attempts traveling 20+ yards for two touchdowns. This is exactly the type of efficient downfield game we are used to from Ben Roethlisberger and hopefully the WiFi connection between him and Brown is fixed.
2018 Week 6 vs CIN (32 / 46 / 369 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It took Roethlisberger almost the entire first quarter to find his rhythm and pass the ball to one of his receivers. In fact, Roethlisberger did not complete a pass to a wide receiver the Steelers third possession and Roethlisberger's ninth pass attempt. Things picked up quickly for Roethlisberger after hitting Antonio Brown for the first time. Ben's best throw of the game went to JuJu Smith-Schuster on what looked like a touchdown but was called down at the one-yard line.
2018 Week 8 vs CLE (24 / 36 / 257 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
From the start of the game it was apparent the Steelers wanted to give Roethlisberger easy throws. Roethlisberger's first three throws were either wide receiver screen passes or a pass to Vance McDonald out of the backfield. Everything was short and close to the line of scrimmage. When Roethlisberger did take his first shot further downfield he forced a ball to JuJu Smith-Schuster and was intercepted. After starting slow in the first quarter Roethlisberger was able to get the offense moving in the second quarter. You could see the offense was starting to click between Roethlisberger before his first touchdown pass. He hit Brown three out of four times throwing on the drive. On the touchdown pass to Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger pump faked and froze the safety in the middle of the field. This prevented the defender from helping over the top and for Brown to easily get behind his defender. On Roethlisberger's second touchdown drive all the receiving weapons were working for the Steelers. Roethlisberger delivered an accurate ball on a back shoulder throw to JuJu Smith-Schuster after resetting his feet and hit JuJu Smith-Schuster on a fourth down over the middle for a big conversion to keep the drive alive. Roethlisberger was able to finish the drive by putting the ball into Antonio Brown's hands quickly on a perfectly placed wide receiver screen. Roethlisberger finished the first half of the game on fire going nine for nine.
2018 Week 9 vs BAL (28 / 47 / 270 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 1 rush)
Coming into the game there were concerns with Roethlisberger's fractured left index finger and how it would impact his play. Fortunately, it was the left hand of Roethlisberger and he didn't show signs of slowing down. In fact, the Steelers appeared to be opting for high percentage throws for Roethlisberger and allowing his playmakers to do the work. For example, one both of Roethlisberger's touchdown passes he hit his pass-catchers at, or before, the line of scrimmage and allowed them both to do the rest of the work. Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense were also getting away with mistakes all day. In the second quarter, Roethlisberger almost threw an interception in the endzone when he was trying to force the ball to Antonio Brown. Also, in the second quarter, Roethlisberger threw a pass to Conner out of the backfield and was almost picked off when it bounced off Conner's hands. The best, and smartest, play of Ben Roethlisberger's day came on the last play of the Steelers' last series. The game was within seven points and Ben Roethlisberger opted to not throw the ball and took a sack. Taking the sack and not throwing a possible incomplete pass allowed the clock to continue to tick down on the Ravens. Luckily, Roethlisberger made it out of the game healthy. In the second half Roethlisberger landed awkwardly on his shoulder and came out of the game for one play. Roethlisberger came right back in and promptly dropped a dime deep to tight end Jesse James.
2018 Week 10 vs CAR (22 / 25 / 328 / 5 / 0 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)
This may have been Ben Roethlisberger's best game of his entire career. He had more touchdowns than completions and finished the contest with a perfect passer rating. Roethlisberger's first incompletion of the game came after going 8/9 passing through his first three possessions. Roethlisberger's game started off with a perfect throw to JuJu Smith-Schuster. After dropping back to pass Roethlisberger pump faked and froze the defender covering Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger's delivered a pinpoint pass to Smith-Schuster, allowing his wide receiver to not break his stride and score a touchdown. Roethlisberger was getting everyone involved through the entire contest, even the full back Roosevelt Nix, and showing trust in Ryan Switzer to convert two tough third downs. Roethlisberger's second deep touchdown of the game was to Antonio Brown. Brown had a step on his defender and Roethlisberger again threw a perfect ball over the defender which dropped right into Antonio Brown's hands. The hits only kept coming for Roethlisberger. In the third quarter, after a special teams turnover for the Panthers, when the Steelers were in the red zone, Roethlisberger looks off the safety and checks down to Jaylen Samuels who leaps into the endzone for a touchdown.
2018 Week 11 vs JAX (27 / 47 / 314 / 2 / 3 pass, 2 / 1 / 1 rush)
There was no point during the first half where Ben Roethlisberger had the opportunity to get into a rhythm. It didn't help how well the Jaguars defenders were at catching his passes. One big difference in Week 11 versus previous weeks was the initial offensive game plan. Generally, the offense gives Ben Roethlisberger the opportunity to throw easy passes (wide receiver screens/hitches and running back check downs). The Jaguars were ready for Roethlisberger early and didn't even allow Ben Roethlisberger to convert a quarterback sneak to keep their first drive of the game alive. The game only turned worse from there for Ben Roethlisberger with three interceptions. Roethlisberger's first interception came in the second quarter when he was trying to hit Antonio Brown in the deep middle of the field. Unfortunately, Jalen Ramsey, who blanketed Brown all day, made a great play on a ball Roethlisberger underthrew. Two possessions later Roethlisberger rolled out to his right and forced a ball to Antonio Brown. Again, Roethlisberger's inaccuracy, this time on an overthrow, bit the Steelers. Brown was being double covered, and Roethlisberger's pass was easily intercepted. Things almost got worse to start the fourth quarter with Roethlisberger throwing another interception. This interception was called back due to a roughing the passer penalty, which was a terrible call. Roethlisberger's final interception came with the Steelers already down nine points. Roethlisberger, again, forced the ball to Antonio Brown in the end zone while being covered by Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey broke up the pass by staying in Brown's back pocket and made a juggling catch for an interception. Late in the third quarter Roethlisberger had his longest, and easies, pass of the day to Antonio Brown on a broken coverage deep for a 78-yard pass play. Things really got exciting for with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter and down ten points. Roethlisberger threw his best pass of the day, a back-shoulder pass, to JuJu Smith-Schuster to convert a second and short but picked up a large chunk of yards and would bring the Steelers within three points of tying. On the final drive of the game, Roethlisberger drove the offense down the field on seven plays for 68 yards. On the last touch of the game Roethlisberger lunged and barely scored a touchdown by reaching the football out.
2018 Week 12 vs DEN (41 / 56 / 462 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
This was the tale of two halves for Roethlisberger. In the first half, Roethlisberger was completing distributing the ball all over the field accurately and keeping all of his receivers involved. Roethlisberger had a play in the first half where his receivers were completely covered downfield. He moved well within the pocket and pump faked the ball three or four times which allowed JuJu Smith-Schuster to shake loose from his coverage for a completion. Roethlisberger finished the first half of the game with 25 completed pass attempts. Things were even great starting the second half. Even with turnovers by other players, Roethlisberger was keeping his team in the game with his mobility within the pocket. Things changed quickly for Roethlisberger after his 97-yard strike to JuJu Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger was knocked down on the play and went back to the locker room for further evaluation. Roethlisberger came back before the next series started and proceeded to throw an interception, his second worst pass of the day. Roethlisberger overthrew his receiver, stood flatfooted, and did not put any velocity on the pass. Roethlisbergers worst pass attempt came on his last attempt of the game with the Steelers only down seven points. Roethlisberger led his team down to the two-yard line and were poised to send the game into overtime. Roethlisberger bobbled the snap, pulled the ball back on an RPO when it could have been punched in for a TD by Conner, and threw a ball in the middle of the field which was intercepted by a defensive lineman. Roethlisberger didnt see the lineman drop into coverage and the ball would have likely been intercepted by the defender covering Brown if it wasnt intercepted by the lineman. The entire last play was broken from the start.
2018 Week 13 vs LAC (29 / 45 / 281 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
For a majority of the game Roethlisberger enjoyed strong offensive line play on passing downs against the ferocious pass-rush of the L.A. Chargers. The problems came when Roethlisberger was being deceived in coverage. Roethlisberger's worst play came in the second quarter. Roethlisberger saw his tight end streaking down the field and thought he had him for an easy touchdown. Roethlisberger underthrew the ball and Drewin James grabbed the easy interception. Roethlisberger's best throw of the game came right before the half. The ball was snapped, and the pressure was surrounding Roethlisberger. He slid to his left in the pocket and stepped into a rope down the middle of the field to Antonio Brown perfectly on target. In the second half, the Steelers were not able to sustain drives and were held scoreless in the third quarter. It wasn't until the Steelers final possession of the game that Roethlisberger was finally able to drive the offense down the field.
2018 Week 14 vs OAK (25 / 29 / 282 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was very sharp throughout the entire same. He was distributing the ball well and keeping everyone engaged early. In fact, the superlatives on Roethlisberger's are lengthy and far outweigh the negatives. The connection between Roethlisberger and both his top wide receivers (Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster) was on full display tonight, especially when Roethlisberger was out of the game. Roethlisberger highlight throw of the night came on the Steelers second possession of the game. Roethlisberger had good protection and showed good feel when he escaped the pocket to his right. Roethlisberger delivered a well-placed ball to Jesse James. Near the end of the second quarter Roethlisberger took a big hit from a rushing defensive lineman up the middle. Roethlisberger stayed on the field and completed the first half of the game but was held out until there were three minutes left in the game and Josh Dobbs had proven ineffective. Roethlisberger re-entered the game and led the offense quickly down the field and threw a touchdown to JuJu Smith-Schuster. The pass was dangerous but was perfectly placed by Roethlisberger.
2018 Week 15 vs NE (22 / 34 / 235 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Early in the contest the Steelers were showing a different approach to the Patriots. Generally, the Steelers use a lot of screen passes to get the rhythm of the offense going. Against the Patriots, Roethlisberger's first pass of the game was a deep pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster which was well overthrown. This didn't change throughout the game. Roethlisberger never really settled in and continued to overthrow his wide receivers throughout the game. Roethlisberger missed, at minimum, five deep passes to his wide receivers which could have led to points. Even in Roethlisberger's inconsistency he did show his signature brilliance. The scoring kicked off in the first quarter with a touchdown pass to Vance McDonald. Roethlisberger was extremely well protected and made a wicked pump fake, which he didn't need, and delivered a well thrown pass to Vance McDonald. Roethlisberger's touchdown pass to Antonio Brown was one of the highlight throws on the day. The pass to Brown was a perfectly placed ball on the back shoulder. In Week 15 Roethlisberger showed more žon the moveÓ throws. Multiple times Ben Roethlisberger was flushed from the pocket and made plays on scramble drills with his pass-catchers coming back to him. This was the case on crucial final drive for the Steelers. Roethlisberger was forced from the pocket rolling to his right. The middle line backer lost site of Jaylen Samuels and Roethlisberger was able to throw over the defender and convert a third down late in the fourth quarter.
2018 Week 16 vs NO (33 / 50 / 380 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
During the season Ben Roethlisberger has experienced ups and downs, but his performance against the Saints was similar to his performance against the Panthers in Week 10. Later in the second quarter Roethlisberger had complete control of the offense and was recognizing quick what the Saints were doing with their coverage and pass rush. Before the half and backed up on their 3-yard line, Roethlisberger led the offense on a 15 play 97-yard drive for a touchdown. On Roethlisberger's first dive of the second half he led the offense 9 plays for 75-yards. Roethlisberger's first touchdown of the day may have been the lowest difficulty throw of the night. Jaylen Samuels was thrown to completely uncovered on a swing pass out of the backfield. Roethlisberger's second touchdown of the game was an increased level of difficulty. Roethlisberger threw a perfectly placed ball in the back corner of the end zone as he was seeing Antonio Brown come off of a wide receiver pick. Roethlisberger's third touchdown was one of his best throws of the game. Antonio Brown was streaking down the field between two defenders and Roethlisberger was able to hit Brown in stride as he was able to walk into the end zone. Roethlisberger finished the day strong, but it was obvious both Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith Schuster were the focal point of the offense. Both receivers finished the day with 68% of Roethlisberger's targets and 79% of Roethlisberger's total passing yards.
2018 Week 17 vs CIN (31 / 45 / 287 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
The volume for pass attempts for Roethlisberger are impressive, but with the absence of Antonio Brown, Roethlisberger chose to keep almost everything close to the line of scrimmage. Roethlisberger's interception on the day was on a great play by the defender. Roethlisberger was sitting in an empty set with five wide receivers. Roethlisberger saw JuJu Smith Schuster running an inbreaking post route over the middle of the field. The ball was behind Smith-Schuster, but the defender made an outstanding play stretching for the ball and going for a long run back. Roethlisberger's touchdown pass was an easy throw to JuJu Smith-Schuster on a screen pass. Smith-Schuster was able to evade a couple defenders in space and walked into the end zone relatively untouched.He saw His best pass of the day went to James Washington. Roethlisberger had plenty of time in the pocket and pump faked the ball which allowed Washington to get a step on his defender. Roethlisberger dropped a perfectly throw ball right into the bread basket of Washington for his longest pass play of the game.
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.
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 3 vs CHI (22 / 39 / 235 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was aggressive pushing the ball downfield throughout the game. However, he was only able to complete 56% of his passes as the Bears defense offered strong resistance. Mid first quarter on a third and eight, Roethlisberger was hit from behind and stripped of the football which resulted in a turnover. The offense started slowly with only 14 passing yards after the first three offensive series. They put together one solid series early in the second quarter as Roethlisberger led a 13 play 77-yard drive that concluded with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger exploited the one-on-one coverage by throwing a quick screen to Brown, who did the rest by running for the touchdown.
2017 Week 4 vs BAL (18 / 30 / 216 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was not asked to do much as the Steelers played a conservative game plan which focused on the running game and short passing game. He finished with 18 completions on 30 passing attempts for 216 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Early second quarter on a third and four, Roethlisberger missed Antonio Brown, who was left uncovered over the middle of the field, as Roethlisberger unsuccessfully attempted to check-down the pass to LeVeon Bell. Late second quarter, Roethlisberger went through his progressions and found JuJu Smith-Schuster open over the middle of the field for a 11-yard touchdown pass. Early third quarter on a third and six, Roethlisberger looked to complete a short pass to Brown, but the play was challenged and controversially reversed to an interception as Brown lost control of the ball as he was being tackled. Mid fourth quarter, Roethlisberger overthrew Martavis Bryant on what would have been a wide-open touchdown pass.
2017 Week 5 vs JAX (33 / 55 / 312 / 0 / 5 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger threw a career-high five interceptions as the accuracy on his deep passes has been off-target all season. His completion percentage is now 61% on the season, the lowest mark for the Steelers quarterback since 2009. Late first quarter, Roethlisberger was pressured and quickly threw a pass that was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey, who jumped a Vance McDonald route. Mid third quarter, a pass intended to Antonio Brown was tipped at the line of scrimmage directly into the hands of Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, who returned the interception for a touchdown. During the next series on a third and 18, a high pass intended for Brown was tipped into the hands of Barry Church for a 51-yard interception return. Late fourth quarter on a third and ten, Roethlisberger threw his fourth interception when JuJu Smith-Schuster was tripped up while running a route. Late fourth quarter, a pass intended for Brown was thrown well short resulting in his fifth interception of the afternoon. During a post-game interview, Roethlisberger commented that "maybe I don't have it anymore."
2017 Week 6 vs KC (17 / 25 / 252 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 passes out of 25 attempts for 252 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Roethlisberger played a smart game and took what the defense gave him. Early second quarter on a third and five, a pass intended for Antonio Brown was intercepted by Marcus Peters. On the play, there was miscommunication between Roethlisberger and Brown after the receiver stopped running the route early. After the play, Brown was shown pointing to himself and saying that the interception was his fault. Late fourth quarter on a third and two, Roethlisberger targeted Brown who was locked in tight coverage. On the play, the ball tipped off the Chiefs defender into Brown's hands and he ran for a 51-yards touchdown.
2017 Week 7 vs CIN (14 / 24 / 224 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger completed 14 passes out of 24 attempts for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. Most of the production (12 completions, 193 yards, 2 touchdowns) came during the first half while the game was still competitive. Roethlisberger started the game with a nine-play 75-yard drive that completed with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the pass in a spot where only Brown could complete the reception. Early second quarter, Roethlisberger found a wide-open JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 31-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Roethlisberger hit the receiver while running in stride over the middle of the field for the touchdown. Roethlisberger only completed two passes during the second half as the focus was on the running game.
2017 Week 8 vs DET (17 / 31 / 317 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 passes out of 31 attempts for 317 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Roethlisberger was inconsistent as the bulk of his production (56.1%) came on three long passes, a 41-yard and 97-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster and a 40-yard pass to Antonio Brown. Early first quarter on 3rd and 2, Roethlisberger threw a pass to Eli Rogers, who dropped an easy touchdown in the end zone. Late first quarter, Roethlisberger threw an interception on a pass intended for Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger put too much on the pass as it sailed over the head of Brown and into Lions safety, Glover Quin's hands. Early third quarter, Roethlisberger was off-target on what looked to be another easy touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Late 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 9, Roethlisberger found Smith-Schuster over the middle for a 97-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger showed good touch completing the pass while Smith-Schuster did the heavy lifting outrunning the defense for the touchdown.
2017 Week 10 vs IND (19 / 31 / 236 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger completed 19 out of 31 passing attempts for 236 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. On the second play from scrimmage, Roethlisberger targeted Martavis Bryant with a deep pass that was underthrown and intercepted. After a slow first half, Roethlisberger was resilient passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns during the remainder of the game. Mid third quarter on a first and goal, Roethlisberger completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. On the play, Roethlisberger was able to quickly get rid of the ball as soon as Smith-Schuster got open. Early fourth quarter on a third and goal, Roethlisberger found tight end Vance McDonald wide-open in the right side of the end zone. On the play, Roethlisberger was able to buy time in the pocket until he noticed McDonald all alone on the right side of the field. On the following play, Roethlisberger found Bryant while running in stride for a successful two-point conversion. With just over three minutes left in the game, Roethlisberger led a ten-play 70-yard drive which resulted in the game winning field goal.
2017 Week 11 vs TEN (30 / 45 / 299 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger had his best game of the season as he finished with 30 completions on 45 pass attempts for 299 yards and four touchdowns. The quarterback looked comfortable as the offense ran mainly out of the no-huddle formation. The Steelers offense struck first when Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for a 41-yards touchdown on the opening drive. On the play, Roethlisberger utilized a hard-count to draw the defense off-sides. With an ample amount of time in the pocket, Roethlisberger threw a near perfect pass into a tight window between two defenders. After the Titans were able to close the gap to 16-14 early in the third quarter, the Steelers offense put together three consecutive long touchdown drives. First, Roethlisberger led a ten-play 75-yard drive which concluded in a five-yard touchdown reception to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger was able to recognize that Brown was in man-coverage and quickly threw the touchdown pass. Next, Roethlisberger continued to pick apart the defense with short passes with a 12-play 75-yard drive which was capped off with a one-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. On the play, Roethlisberger ran a play-action pass and found James wide open in the middle of the end zone. Next, Roethlisberger led a 3-play 51-yard drive that concluded with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the ball in a spot where only Brown could complete the reception and he did not disappoint with an amazing catch.
2017 Week 12 vs GB (33 / 45 / 351 / 4 / 2 pass, 3 / 25 / 0 rush)
Despite two interceptions (one of which came on a tipped pass), Roethlisberger played pretty well. He never seemed rattled by mistakes and seemed comfortable regardless of down and distance. His first touchdown was a simple shovel pass to tight end Xavier Grimble but he followed it up with a nice pass on a fade route to Martavis Bryant late in the second quarter to tie the game at 14 apiece. Bryant got a nice lead on the defender and Roethlisberger did a nice job dropping the ball right in the bucket for him. He would his Antonio Brown on another fade route in the third quarter, again leading his receiver perfectly towards the corner pylon and putting the ball where no defender could get it. His last touchdown -- to Brown again -- was another perfectly placed ball. On the route, Brown was trailing one defender with a safety moving over the top to help. There wasn't much window for Roethlisberger to fit the ball into, but he did, hitting his receiver in stride. Brown added a juke to ditch the safety and practically walked into the end zone.
2017 Week 13 vs CIN (24 / 40 / 290 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Battling the wind in Cincinnati and an inspired pass rush, Roethlisberger shrugged off a sluggish start for a comeback win in the closing seconds. As the Steelers fell behind 17-0, Roethlisberger had two noteworthy misfires. Roethlisberger eluded the rush, but was late and casual with a throw across his body which was intercepted. Also, Roethlisberger severely underthrew a deep out in Antonio Brown's direction (and against the wind) which was nearly intercepted. The Steelers passing game picked up over the final 30 minutes, however, as Roethlisberger calibrated to the wind with accurate intermediate and deeper throws. Notably, Roethlisberger threw a laser goal line touchdown to Antonio Brown between defenders, another seam throw to Brown, and a skinny post to Martavis Bryant as Pittsburgh marched into game-winning field goal range. While not a particularly mobile quarterback at this stage in his career, Roethlisberger also added a zone read keeper on third down to scramble for a conversion. Baltimore offers the stiffest test for the Steelers passing game since their Week 5 matchup against Jacksonville. Ben Roethlisberger heads into the divisional rivalry with multiple touchdowns in four straight games and 12 touchdowns overall during the span.
2017 Week 14 vs BAL (44 / 66 / 506 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger finished with a career-best 44 completions on a career-high 66 passing attempts for 506 yards and two touchdowns. In the process, he set a record as the first player in NFL history to pass for over 500 yards on three separate occasions. Roethlisberger looked comfortable running the no-huddle formation throughout the game thus preventing the Ravens a chance to substitute and attack with exotic blitz packages. He showed poise and chemistry with Antonio Brown and his tight ends. Mid first quarter, Roethlisberger threw his first touchdown of the game on a quick pass to Bell, who did the heavy lifting. The veteran quarterback did not flinch when he was down by 11 points during the fourth quarter. On a 1st and goal, Roethlisberger ran play-action and found fullback Roosevelt Nix for the short touchdown pass. Roethlisberger also improved his prime-time record at Heinz Field to 21-3.
2017 Week 15 vs NE (22 / 30 / 281 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger had an efficient day but will be remembered for one late mistake. Late first quarter, Roethlisberger threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers. On the play, Roethlisberger noticed that Rogers had gained separation from his defender as the middle of the field was wide open. Late second quarter on a third and goal, Roethlisberger threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the pass in a spot only where Bryant could complete the reception. Late fourth quarter and down by three, Roethlisberger completed a short pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, who ran for a 69-yard reception. On the next play, Roethlisberger found Jesse James for what looked to be the game-winning touchdown. The play was controversially reversed because James did not control the reception while he was falling to the ground. With the clock running with nine seconds remaining, Roethlisberger faked a spike on third and goal before throwing an interception. On the play, Roethlisberger tried to force a pass over the middle to Eli Rogers before it was tipped and picked.
2017 Week 16 vs HOU (20 / 29 / 226 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was efficient completing 20-of-29 pass attempts for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger looked comfortable playing without superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown. Mid first quarter on a 3rd and 4, Roethlisberger bought time by moving up into the pocket as he found Justin Hunter running across to the left corner of the end zone for a five-yard touchdown pass. Early fourth quarter on a third and 7, Roethlisberger completed an easy 18-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open JuJu Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger was taken out of the game early as the Steelers held a commanding lead.
2017 Week 19 vs JAX (37 / 58 / 469 / 5 / 1 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger passed for a franchise postseason record 469 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. On the Steelers second possession, Roethlisberger was intercepted by Myles Jack, when he jumped an out-route on the right sideline. Mid second quarter with the Steelers trailing 21-0, Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown in the left corner of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. Late second quarter, Roethlisberger was hit from behind and fumbled as the Jaguars returned the ball for a 50-yard defensive touchdown. With 32 seconds left in the second quarter and the Steelers down 28-7, Roethlisberger threw up a Hail Mary pass on 4th and 11 to Martavis Bryant for a 36-yard touchdown. Roethlisberger put the pass right on target and kept the Steelers in the game. On the first possession of the third quarter, Roethlisberger delivered another clutch touchdown pass on a 3rd and long. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the 19-yard touchdown pass in a perfect spot for LeVeon Bell. With the Steelers down 35-21 and facing another 4th and 5, Roethlisberger went deep with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger moved up in the pocket and threw the ball up for Brown, who was in man-to-man coverage. Late fourth quarter, Roethlisberger once again moved forward in the pocket before throwing a lateral to Bell, who ran for an 8-yard touchdown. As time expired, Roethlisberger threw his fifth touchdown of the afternoon, a four-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster.
2016 Week 1 vs WAS (27 / 37 / 300 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was extremely efficient with finding the opening receiver. Roethlisberger started the game out of the no-huddle formation in multiple wide receiver sets. During the opening series, the Steelers offense went 3 and out. During the next series, the Steelers offense started to move the ball with a couple of quick slants before Roethlisberger threw an interception. On the play, Roethlisberger expected wide receiver Eli Rogers to continue his route rather than sitting down for the pass. Thus, the pass went through Rogers hands deflecting into a Washington defender. Unable to find any rhythm in the no-huddle formation, Roethlisberger started the 3rd series under center. On the Steelers first play under center, Ryan Kerrigan was able to apply pressure and stripped the ball which resulted in a fumble. Maurkice Pouncey was able to recover the fumble for the Steelers. Roethlisberger converted the next two passes, a 14 yard pass to DeAngelo Williams and a 13 yard pass to Antonio Brown. A few plays later on a 4th and 1 from the Redskins 29 yard line, Roethlisberger called an audible after recognizing Brown in man-to-man coverage with Bashaud Breeland. Roethlisberger sold the play-action pass and found Brown streaking down the left sideline for a touchdown pass. On the scoring drive, Roethlisberger completed 5 out of 6 passes for 71 yards and 1 touchdown. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger drove the offense down the field with quick slants to Jesse James and Williams. On 4th and 1, Roethlisberger found Rogers over the middle for a 19 yard pass. A few plays later on 1st and goal from the 3 yard line, Roethlisberger pass was deflected off of Sammie Coates and into Rogers hands for the Steelers 2nd touchdown. During the first half, Roethlisberger was efficient, completing 8 out of 8 passes on 3rd or 4th down pass attempts, for 100 passing yards and 1 touchdown. Roethlisberger continued his efficiency in the 3rd quarter by finding Brown for a 17 yard pass on 3rd down. The drive stalled resulting in a Steelers field goal. On the next series, Roethlisberger fielded a bad snap and threw a perfect 42 yard pass down the left sideline to Sammie Coates. A couple of plays later on 3rd and 3, Roethlisberger found Brown streaking down the left sideline for a 26 yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger showed precision nailing the pass right over Brown's left shoulder. Mid 4th quarter, on a 2nd and 19, Roethlisberger evaded pressure by stepping up in the pocket and throwing up a wobbly 21 yard pass to Brown.
2016 Week 2 vs CIN (19 / 37 / 259 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was inconsistent as he battled both slick conditions and a fierce Bengals pass rush. Roethlisberger went to his 2nd and 3rd passing options with the majority of his pass attempts. Mid 1st quarter on a 4th and 5 from the Bengals 37-yard line, the Steelers decided to go for it. The wet ball slipped out of Roethlisberger's hands as the pass ended up behind Antonio Brown leading to an interception by Adam Jones. Late 1st quarter on a 3rd and 9, Roethlisberger scrambled and pivoted out of the pocket, while extending the play, as he lobbed up a pass down the left sideline to Sammie Coates for a 44-yard gain. A couple plays later, Roethlisberger found TE Xavier Grimble running a post-route for a 21 yard passing touchdown. On the play, Roethlisberger placed the ball high where only Grimble could come down with the pass before he dove into the end-zone. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a deep pass down the right sideline for his 2nd interception of the half. The pass was intended for Sammie Coates but Bengals CB Dre Kirpatrick had position on Coates and came down with the deep pass. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a perfectly timed deep pass for Ciates for a 53-yard reception. On the next play, Roethlisberger kept the momentum by throwing his 2nd touchdown pass of the afternoon. On the play, Roethlisberger threw a high pass to Jesse James who went up and came down with the 9-yard touchdown reception. Mid 4th quarter, Roethlisberger evaded pressure by scrambling forward and ran for a 14-yard gain to the Bengals five-yard line. A few plays later on 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger found Williams for his 3rd touchdown pass of the afternoon. Williams was left uncovered for an easy 5-yard touchdown pass.
2016 Week 3 vs PHI (24 / 44 / 257 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was unable to find any rhythm as the offensive line dealt with pressure throughout the game giving up 4 sacks. Many of Roethlisberger's passes were high and off the mark or dropped. During the 1st half, Roethlisberger completed a 32-yard pass to Eli Rogers and a 41-yard pass to Sammie Coates. However, the Steelers were not able to keep momentum and both drives stalled, one leading to a missed FG attempt and the other to a FG. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger was sacked while under pressure coughing up a fumble. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger threw an interception on a deep pass in the end-zone intended for Darrius Heyward-Bey. The Philadelphia defender turned around just as the ball was coming down to make the interception.
2016 Week 4 vs KC (22 / 27 / 300 / 5 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger looked comfortable and in control of the Steelers offensive machine. Roethlisberger threw for more touchdowns than incomplete passes. On the Steelers first play from scrimmage, Ben Roethlisberger sold the play-action pass and found Sammie Coates streaking down the right sideline for a 48-yard pass. Mid 1st quarter on 3rd and 9, Roethlisberger found Darrius Heyward-Bey uncovered for an easy 31-yard touchdown pass. On the following 2-point conversion, Roethlisberger completed a pass to Markus Wheaton. After a KC turnover, Roethlisberger completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger displayed patience waiting for Brown to get to an open spot. Late 1st quarter, Roethlisberger completed his 3rd touchdown of the 1st quarter, a 38-yard touchdown pass to Brown. Roethlisberger recognized that Brown was left in one-on-one coverage and capitalized yet again. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. During the 1st half, Roethlisberger completed 14 out of 17 passes for 210 yards and 4 touchdowns. Early 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger kept his foot on the pedal with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton.
2016 Week 5 vs NYJ (34 / 47 / 380 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger looked comfortable leading the Steelers offense as he faced very little defensive pressure from the Jets. Roethlisberger was content to pick the defense apart with short passes throughout the game. During the Steelers opening series on a 3rd and 7, Roethlisberger connected with Sammie Coates on a 72-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger dropped the pass into Coates hands as he was running down the right sideline. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger led the offense on a 11 play 75-yard drive, which was capped off with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jesse James. On the play, James was left uncovered for an easy touchdown pass. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led the offense on a 9 play 80-yard yard drive, which finished with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger had time to wait for Brown to find a soft spot in the defense. On the next series, Roethlisberger fumbled in the red zone as was waiting for a play to develop. Roethlisberger finished off the game with a 12 play 79-yard touchdown drive, capped off with his 4th touchdown pass of the day, a 5-yard touchdown pass to Coates. On the play, Roethlisberger fired the pass across the middle to Coates, who was running a crossing-route.
2016 Week 6 vs MIA (19 / 34 / 189 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger had an afternoon that he would prefer to forget. The Steelers were only 3/11 (27%) with third down conversions as Roethlisberger was often under heavy pressure. After a Darrius Heyward-Bey rushing touchdown, the Steelers attempted a 2-point conversion. While under duress, Roethlisberger lobbed the ball up to LeVeon Bell, who made the reception completing the 2-point conversion. Mid 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger hurt his left knee while dropping back for a play-action pass. On the play, the Miami defender tripped swiped at Roethlisberger's right foot as he was rolling out causing him to stumble. Roethlisberger was intercepted on the pass by Rashad Jones who dove in front of Sammie Coates. Roethlisberger limped to the locker room after the play but returned to start the second half. He played with a noticeable limp the remainder of the game. Midway through the 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 12, Roethlisberger made a poor decision to thrown to Sammie Coates, who was in double-coverage. The pass was underthrown and intercepted by Abdul-Quddus. Late 4th quarter with Miami leading 23-8, Roethlisberger led a 10 play, 97-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 23-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton. On the play, Roethlisberger showed good touch putting the ball only where Hamilton could come down with it in the left corner of the end zone.
2016 Week 9 vs BAL (23 / 45 / 264 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 1 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger returned for his first game back since suffering a knee injury in Week 6. It was reported that Roethlisberger did not wear a brace or any added protection on the knee during the game. To say that the Steelers offense struggled during the first three quarters would be an understatement. On a couple occasions during the first half, Roethlisberger locked in on a wide receiver and was almost intercepted. Roethlisberger did not look comfortable as he finished the first half with only 50 passing yards. Mid third-quarter, a Roethlisberger pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Ravens DE Timmy Jernigan. Early 4th quarter, Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for a 27-yard pass. Later in that drive on a 4th and 3, Roethlisberger completed a 23-yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger extended the play by rolling out of the pocket to his right. He then found Brown coming back for the ball in the end zone. During the next series, Roethlisberger completed passes of 10 yards to Xavier Grimble, 30 and 22 yards to Eli Rogers, and 12 and 10 yards to Brown. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 29-yard pass to Rogers and followed it up with a 4-yard rushing touchdown. On the play, the Ravens dropped 7 defenders into coverage. The middle opened up and Roethlisberger ran straight diving into the end zone for the touchdown.
2016 Week 10 vs DAL (37 / 46 / 408 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger looked much more comfortable during his 2nd game back from injury. Early 1st quarter on 3rd and goal, Roethlisberger completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to LeVeon Bell, who was running a quick slant. Roethlisberger put the pass in a spot where only Bell could make the reception. Mid 1st quarter, Roethlisberger led an 8-play 75-yard drive that started with completing a 22-yard pass to Eli Rogers and a 17-yard pass to Jesse James. Roethlisberger completed the drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Rogers. On the play, Roethlisberger threw a low pass but Rogers completed the reception for the score. Mid 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger had to leave the game for 1 play as he had the wind knocked out of him after being sandwiched by two Cowboys defenders. Roethlisberger started off the 2nd half with a 39-yard pass to Cobi Hamilton. Early 4th quarter, Roethlisberger led a 6-play 46-yard touchdown drive. During the drive, Roethlisberger completed three consecutive passes of 12, 2, and 20 yards to Brown. He followed that up with a quick 10-yard pass to Jesse James who was tackled on the 1-yard line. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger led an impressive 5-play 75-yard touchdown drive. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 10 yards to Ladarius Green, 23 yards to Bell, and 24 yards to Jesse James. Roethlisberger capped the drive by running a fake-spike for a 15-yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger sold the spike in classic Dan Marino form and fooled the Cowboys defense. Brown got behind his defender and Roethlisberger put the pass right on target for his 3rd touchdown of the game.
2016 Week 11 vs CLE (23 / 36 / 167 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was not asked to do much as the game was put in LeVeon Bell's hands. Due to windy conditions, Roethlisberger focused mainly on the short passing game with Bell, Eli Rogers and his tight ends. Early 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed an 18-yard pass to Antonio Brown. After the first 2 drives stalled out with field goals, the Steelers got the ball with 1 minute 51 seconds remaining in the first half. Roethlisberger led a 11-play 59-yard scoring drive that finished with a Bell rushing touchdown. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed a 21-yard pass to Brown and a few short passes to Bell and Rogers. The Steelers offense sat on the lead during the 2nd half as the passing game was not needed. During the 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led another drive that ended with a field goal. On the drive, he completed 11-yard and 13-yard passes to Brown.
2016 Week 12 vs IND (14 / 20 / 221 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger played an efficient game with only 20 pass attempts. When Roethlisberger went to the air, his focus was on his 2 main weapons, Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell. During the opening drive on 3rd and 8, Roethlisberger found Eli Rogers running a slant for a 30-yard pass. Late 1st quarter on a 3rd and 5, Roethlisberger found Brown for a 25-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger recognized that Brown was in man coverage with Colts CB Vontae Davis. Roethlisberger put the ball in a perfect spot for Brown to complete the reception. Early 2nd quarter on 3rd and 13, Roethlisberger felt heavy pressure and floated a 32-yard pass to Ladarius Green. A couple of plays later, Roethlisberger found Brown in the back of the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger showed great chemistry and timing with Brown. The Steelers only had one offensive possession during the 3rd quarter and continued to pound away on the ground with Bell. Mid 4th quarter, Roethlisberger found a wide-open Green for a 35-yard pass. A couple of plays later, Roethlisberger completed his 3rd touchdown pass of the game to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger found a wide-open Brown streaking down the right sideline for a 22-yard touchdown reception.
2016 Week 13 vs NYG (24 / 36 / 289 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger played an efficient game completing 66% of his passes with 2 touchdowns. Late 1st quarter after a Steelers safety, Roethlisberger kept his cool after the play broke down and found a wide-open Ladarius Green streaking down the right sideline for a 37-yard pass. The drive stalled and the Steelers settled for a field goal. Mid 2nd quarter after a Lawrence Timmons interception, Roethlisberger completed a 11-yard pass to Jesse James. He followed that up with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger rolled out to his right and found Brown in tight coverage in the back of the end zone. Roethlisberger put the pass where only Brown could come down with the touchdown. The Steelers were not able to convert the 2-point attempt as the timing was off with a pass to Brown in the left corner of the end zone. Roethlisberger finished the first half with 197 passing yards and 1 touchdown. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led a 7-play 88-yard touchdown drive. Roethlisberger started the drive with a 33-yard pass to Ladarius Green. A couple of plays later, Roethlisberger completed a 13-yard pass to Brown. A few plays later, Roethlisberger found Green wide-open streaking down the middle of the field for a 20-yard touchdown reception. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw an interception on a pass intended for Eli Rogers. On the play, Roethlisberger hung the pass in the air behind Rogers which gave Giants CB Eli Apple an opportunity to intercept the pass. Roethlisberger was not asked to pass much in the 4th quarter as the Steelers held a lead.
2016 Week 14 vs BUF (17 / 31 / 220 / 0 / 3 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger started hot and then was picked when he didn't see a linebacker sitting on Ladarius Green's route in the red zone. He was almost picked in the end zone again before LeVeon Bell scored. Roethlisberger had a successful deep ball to Antonio Brown in the first half and was fine for stretches when he took what the defense gave him, but when he got impatient, he made poor throws, including one that was returned inside the Steelers 10 and gave the Bills life just as the game was slipping away. In the second half the Steelers wised up and used Bell almost exclusively, but Roethlisberger still ended a drive with a pick throwing to a double covered Green in the end zone. He was uneven and too loose as he heads to another road matchup against Cincinnati in Week 15.
2016 Week 15 vs CIN (21 / 36 / 286 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / -5 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers receiving options couldn't get on the same page on multiple occasions throughout the game. Roethlisberger was high on a couple of passes to Ladarius Green and was almost intercepted on a deflected pass intended for Eli Rogers. On multiple occasions, screen-passes intended for LeVeon Bell didn't pan out. Mid 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger showed great touch on a 32-yard pass to Antonio Brown. The Steelers had to settle for another field goal after a 13-yard touchdown reception was called back due to a chop-block penalty by LeVeon Bell. Over the next couple drives, Roethlisberger completed a 23-yard pass to Ladarius Green and a 28-yard pass to Eli Rogers. The offense could not continue any momentum though as they settled for 6 field goals. Early 4th quarter with the Steelers trailing 20-18, Roethlisberger led a 5 play 69-yard drive which ended in a 24-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers. On the play, Roethlisberger threw a crisp pass on time for the touchdown. On a 3rd and 8 late in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger put the game on ice with a 28-yard pass to Green.
2016 Week 16 vs BAL (24 / 33 / 279 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
After a slow first half, Ben Roethlisberger ended the game with 279 passing yards and 3 TDs. On the Steelers opening drive, Roethlisberger finished a 9-play 87-yard drive with a 20-yard TD pass to TE Xavier Grimble. On the play, Roethlisberger showed great touch as he put the pass in a perfect spot for Grimble. On the first play from scrimmage during the 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger was off target on a pass intended for David Johnson. The pass was high an intercepted by Ravens LB Zachary Orr. Late in the 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw his 2nd interception on a pass intended for Jesse James. On the play, Ravens LB C.J. Mosley jumped the route for the interception. Both interceptions were on poor throws from Roethlisberger. With the Steelers down by 10 points in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger tightened his chin strap and went to work. Roethlisberger led 4th quarter drives of 75, 90, and 75 yards. He leaned on WR Antonio Brown during the 2nd half. Early in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger threw his 2nd TD pass of the game on a 7-yard screen pass to LeVeon Bell. On the play, Roethlisberger rolled out to the right and settled for the short pass to Bell, who did all the work carrying multiple Ravens defenders into the end zone. Late 4th quarter with the Steelers down 27-24 and 1 minute 18 seconds left on the clock, Roethlisberger delivered in the clutch. He was cool under pressure completing three passes to TE Jesse James. Roethlisberger also mixed in passes to Eli Rogers and DeMarcus Ayers. With 13 seconds on the clock and no timeouts, The Steelers had the ball on the Ravens 4-yard line. Roethlisberger completed a short pass to Brown just shy of the end zone. While Brown was being held up by Ravens Safety Eric Weddle, Brown outstretched the football across the plane of the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.
2016 Week 18 vs MIA (13 / 18 / 197 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 10 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger started the game with 11 straight completions to 7 different receivers. He often had time to pass and found the open receiver. Roethlisberger started fast leading the team on a 5-play 85-yard scoring drive. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed a 19-yard pass to Eli Rogers on 3rd and 5 and a 50-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown. On the play, Brown caught a WR screen pass and did the rest of the work following his blockers down the left sideline for the touchdown. Roethlisberger was sharp during the next drive with short passes to Darrius Heyward-Bey, Leveon Bell, and DeMarcus Ayers. Roethlisberger capitalized on man-to-man coverage completing a 62-yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger completed a quick pass to Brown, who once again outran the Dolphins defense for his second touchdown. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger threw his first incompletion, which was an interception by Dolphins defender, Michael Thomas. On the play, Roethlisberger moved up the pocket and fired a hard pass, which Brown tipped before being intercepted. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger threw his second interception. On a 3rd and 8, Roethlisberger scrambled and threw an off-balance pass as he was being tackled. The pass was intended for Jesse James but was well over his head.
2015 Week 1 vs NE (26 / 38 / 351 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was efficient throwing the football without big play threat Martavis Bryant. Early in the game, Roethlisberger completed short passes to Antionio Brown and Heath Miller. The Steelers did not come away with points during the first few series due to two missed field goals by new acquired kicker Josh Scobee. On the third series of the game, on 3rd and 8 from the Pittsburgh 22 yard line, Roethlisberger dropped a perfectly placed pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 48 yard gain. On the fourth series of the game with 13 second left before halftime, on 2nd and 5 from the New England 25 yard line, Roethlisberger found Heyward-Bey again in the end zone. The touchdown did not stand as Heyward-Bey had his right foot on the chalk when he went down for the basket catch. During the second half on the fifth series of the game, Roethlisberger went play action and found Brown for a 33 yard gain. After a Will Johnson rushing TD, Roethlisberger converted the two point conversion on a quick slant to Markus Wheaton. On the play, Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich rolled up on Roethlisberger's left ankle. Roethlisberger winced but looked OK coming off the field. After driving the field on the sixth series of the game, Roethlisberger missed a touchdown opportunity to a wide open Antonio Brown in the end zone. He elected for a short shovel pass to Miller for a 4 yard gain. After a field goal, during the eighth series of the game, the Steelers found themselves down 28-14. On the New England 47 yard line, Roethlisberger made a poor decision forcing the ball into double coverage on a deep pass intended for Heyward-Bey. New England safety Duron Harmon came across the field and came up with the interception. Roethlisberger's lone touchdown came with seven second left in the game. From the New England 11 yard line, Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown cutting across the back of the end zone for the touchdown.
2015 Week 2 vs SF (21 / 27 / 369 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was efficient throwing the football throughout the game. He had plenty of time to set up his passes. During the second series of the game, Roethlisberger found Darrius Heyward-Bey on a 41 yard vertical route. Later in the drive on a 2nd a goal from the 3, Roethlisberger completed a quick curl route to Heath Miller for his first touchdown. The Steelers went for the two point conversion and Roethlisberger completed a quick curl route to Antonio Brown on the conversion. During the third series of the game, Roethlisberger completed a deep 59 yard pass to Antonio Brown. After a DeAngelo Williams touchdown, Roethlisberger completed his second two point conversion on a TE screen pass to Heath Miller. Later in the first half, Roethlisberger found Heyward-Bey for a 35 yard touchdown after he beat the defense on a vertical route. At halftime, the Steelers were up 29-3 and Roethlisberger had 252 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Early in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 48 yard vertical route to Markus Wheaton. Later in the 4th quarter on a 3rd and 3, the defense jumped off-side and Roethlisberger had a free play. He completed a 57 yard pass to Brown on yet another vertical route. A couple of plays later Roethlisberger found Brown in the left corner of the end zone for his third touchdown.
2015 Week 3 vs LA (20 / 24 / 192 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Steelers offense started off the game with their no-huddle shotgun attack. Ben Roethlisberger looked sharp completing his first 7 passes driving the offense down to the Rams 2 yard line. The drive stalled after a tipped pass and the Steelers had to settle for a field goal. Roethlisberger went 7 for 8 for 71 yards on the 77 yard scoring drive. During the drive, Roethlisberger spread out passes to Antonio Brown, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Le-Veon Bell. During the second series, Roethlisberger drove the offense down the field again with multiple passes to Antonio Brown. After a Le'Veon Bell rushing touchdown, the Steelers offense continued their trend of attempting 2 point conversions. Roethlisberger's quick slant to Heyward-Bey was tipped to the ground on the missed conversion. During the middle of the 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a deep pass off target for an interception. On the play, Markus Wheaton tried a double move, a hitch-and-go, but the Rams defense did not bite. During the middle of the 3rd quarter on a 2nd and 18, Roethlisberger took a hit to his left knee from a blitzing Mark Baron. Roethlisberger was helped off the field and carted to the locker room as he could not put any weight on his left leg. The early diagnosis is a sprained MCL and bruised knee. The Steelers expect to be without Roethlisberger for the next 4-6 weeks.
2015 Week 8 vs CIN (28 / 45 / 262 / 1 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger looked good early with a 12 play, 80 yard opening drive. His passes were crisp with completions of 14 and 12 yards to Antonio Brown and 10 yards to Martavis Bryant. On a 3rd a goal, Roethlisberger hit Brown in stride as he was running in motion fro left-to-right for a one yard touchdown. The offense couldn't get in rhythm again until late in the first half. Roethlisberger was able to move the ball during this series with short passes and crossing routes, mainly to Heath Miller. Roethlisberger completed passes of 10, 12, and 6 yards to Miller during the series. The drive stalled at mid-field after Roethlisberger was off target on a couple of passes. The Steelers went into the halftime with a 7-6 lead and Roethlisberger totaled 86 passing yards. Early in the 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 5, Roethlisberger threw a deep pass into double coverage intended for Brown. The pass was under-thrown and intercepted. During the next series, Roethlisberger completed a pass over the middle to Heath Miller for a 14 yard gain. He followed that up with a 17 yard pass to Brown. A couple of plays later, Roethlisberger completed another pass to Miller for a 25 yard gain. He completed one more pass on the drive to DeAngelo Williams before the offense settled for a field goal. Holding a 10-6 lead with just under six minutes left in the game, Roethlisberger rolled out to his left and forced a pass down the left sideline intended for Will Johnson. The route was jumped and the pass was intercepted. This was a game changing turnover. After a go-ahead Bengals touchdown, Roethlisberger started off the next series with a misfire for his third interception. The pass sailed over an open Antonio Brown for the interception. Down 16-10, the Steelers had one last opportunity with under two minutes on the clock. Roethlisberger drove the offense down the field with passes of 16 yards and 21 yards to Bryant, 13 yards and 11 yards to Miller, and 12 yards to Williams. On the final play of the game from the Cincinnati 16 yard line, Roethlisberger sailed a pass out of the end zone. Brown came up with the ball but was well out of bounds. After the game, Roethlisberger took responsibility saying that the loss was on him.
2015 Week 9 vs OAK (24 / 44 / 334 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger targeted Antonio Brown early and often. During the opening series, Roethlisberger completed a delay screen pass to DeAngelo Williams for a 33 yard gain. Late 1st quarter, Roethlisberger went deep with a play-action pass to Brown for a 59 yard gain. Later in the drive, he completed two more passes to Brown for 11 and 9 yards. After a Williams rushing touchdown, the Steelers went for a 2-point conversion. Roethlisberger found a wide open Williams to complete the easy conversion. During a drive in the middle of the 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed two more passes to Brown for 5 and 41 yards. Late 2nd quarter, he called Brown's name again for receptions of 19 and 9 yards before the Steelers kicked a field goal. Pittsburgh led the game 21-14 at halftime and Roethlisberger had 247 passing yards. During the middle of the 3rd quarter on a 3rd and 13, Roethlisberger was targeting Antonio Brown on a sideline route. On the play, Brown was under-cut and the pass was intercepted. During the middle of the third quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 22 yard screen pass to Williams. Early in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger completed a quick WR screen pass to Martavis Bryant. On the play, Bryant did the heavy lifting running for a 15 yard touchdown. After a Raiders turnover, Roethlisberger found tight end Jesse James open in the middle of the end zone for an easy 4 yard touchdown. During the middle of the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger took a sack from Aldon Smith. On the play, Roethlisberger's left foot was trapped underneath Smith as he fell on it. Roethlisberger immediately grabbed his foot and had to be helped off the field as he could not put any weight on it. Early reports are that it is a mid-foot sprain and that he will miss a couple of weeks.
2015 Week 10 vs CLE (22 / 33 / 379 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger entered the game during the middle of the 1st quarter and worked out of the shotgun formation for the majority of the game. He was able to play without restriction and looked good on the majority of his passes. During his first series, he completed a 16 yard pass to Antonio Brown and a 45 yard pass to Martavis Bryant. Early 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger found Bryant running down the right sideline for a 65 yard reception. Mid 2nd quarter on a 1st and goal from the 4 yard line, Roethlisberger completed a 4 yard touchdown reception to Brown. On the play, Brown ran behind a Heath Miller pick and was able to make an easy touchdown reception. On the next play, Roethlisberger found Brown in the right corner of the end-zone to to convert the 2-point play. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 20 yard pass to Brown. Roethlisberger followed that up with a 32 yard touchdown pass to Bryant. On the play, Roethlisberger hit Bryant in-stride running into the end-zone. At halftime, Roethlisberger had 286 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Early 4th quarter, Roethlisberger was looking for Heath Miller over the middle of the field. The pass was high and intercepted. During the next drive, Roethlisberger completed a quick slant to Brown for a 56 yard touchdown pass. On the play, Brown was able to get behind the defense and run for the touchdown. Late 4th quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 28 yard pass to Bryant on the right sideline.
2015 Week 12 vs SEA (36 / 55 / 456 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 18 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger had a season high 36 completions on 55 passing attempts. The Steelers game plan was to attack with the pass early and often. Early in the 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger led a scoring drive with passes of 5 yards to Martavis Bryant and 19 yards to Markus Wheaton. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger led another scoring drive with passes of 13, 41, and 9 yards to Wheaton and 9 yards to Bryant. Roethlisberger completed a pass to Jesse James for a successful 2 point-conversion. The Steelers led 18-14 at halftime and Roethlisberger had 206 passing yards. Early 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led a scoring drive with passes of 5 and 7 yards to Antonio Brown, 17 yards to DeAngelo Williams, 15 yards to Wheaton, and 40 yards to Bryant. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw an interception when the ball slipped out of his hand on a short pass intended for Wheaton. Early 4th quarter, Roethlisberger threw his second interception on a pass intended for Antonio Brown. On the play, Brown was tripped up after contact with Richard Sherman. During the next series, Roethlisberger threw a deep pass to Wheaton for a 69 yard touchdown. On the play, Roethlisberger avoided the pass rush and found Wheaton when he got behind the defense. Roethlisberger was intercepted on the following 2 point-conversion on a pass intended for Brown. Late in the 4th quarter, Roethlisberger took a late hit which resulted in a defensive penalty. Roethlisberger stayed in the game temporarily but later entered the NFL's concussion protocol after self-reporting symptoms on the sideline. Early reports were that the symptoms subsided quickly and he is expected to be cleared.
2015 Week 13 vs IND (24 / 39 / 364 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
24 completions on 39 passing attempts for 364 yards and 4 touchdowns. He had a QBR rating of 95.9 and a QB passer rating of 126.4. Early 1st quarter, Roethlisberger led a drive with passes of 5,5, and 20 yards to Jesse James, 21 yards to Darrius Heyward-Bey, and 16 yards to Antionio Brown. The drive stalled in the red zone as the Steelers settled for a field goal. Mid 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger led an 80-yard touchdown drive with passes of 7 and 26 yards to Martavis Bryant and 3, 26, and 7 yards to Brown. Roethlisberger completed a 7 yard touchdown pass to Brown to finish the drive. On the pass, the timing was perfect with Brown as he turned back from his defender to complete the reception. Roethlisberger completed the 2-point conversion with a pass to Will Johnson in the back of the end-zone. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger led a drive with passes of 18, 27, and 5 yards to Markus Wheaton and passes of 10 and 15 yards to DeAngelo Williams. Roethlisberger finished the drive with a 5 yard touchdown pass to Wheaton. On the play, Roethlisberger timed the pass well as Wheaton was running to the right corner of the end-zone. The Steelers led 21-10 at halftime and Roethlisberger had 219 yards and 2 touchdowns. Early 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a 68 yard touchdown pass to Bryant, who was running down the left sideline. Bryant did the rest out-running the defense on Roethlisberger's 3rd touchdown of the game. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw a well-timed deep pass to Brown for a 48 yard gain. Later in the drive, Roethlisberger finished the drive with a short 5 yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the pass, the timing was spot-on with Brown to cap a 4 touchdown night for Roethlisberger.
2015 Week 14 vs CIN (30 / 39 / 282 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was efficient and made good decisions on the majority of his pass attempts. Roethlisberger had 30 completions on 39 passing attempts for 282 yards and 1 interception. Roethlisberger started fast going 9 for 9 during the 1st quarter for 103 passing yards. During the opening series, Roethlisberger completed passes of 7 and 10 yards to Heath Miller, 31 yards to Markus Wheaton, and 19 yards to Antonio Brown. Late 1st quarter, Roethlisberger completed 2 more passes to Brown both for 16 yards. Early 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed passes of 6 yards to DeAngelo Williams and 11 yards to Martavis Bryant before the Steelers kicked a field goal. Mid 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed passes of 13, 9, and 2 yards to Miller and 6 yards to Bryant. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 18 yard screen pass to Bryant and a 9 yard pass to Miller before the Steelers kicked a field goal. The Steelers were up 16-7 at halftime and Roethlisberger had 185 passing yards. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 16 yard pass to Wheaton, a 26 yard pass to Brown, and passes of 3 and 9 yards to Miller before the Steelers kicked a field goal. Mid 4th quarter, Roethlisberger was intercepted on a deep pass down the left sideline intended for Bryant. On the play, Bengals defender Reggie Nelson, jumped in front of the pass for the interception.
2015 Week 15 vs DEN (40 / 55 / 380 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger turned it on in the 2nd half leading the Steelers to a come from behind victory. Roethlisberger had 40 completions on 55 attempts for 380 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. During the opening series, Roethlisberger completed passes of 6 yards to Martavis Bryant, 12 yards to Markus Wheaton, and 2 and 1 yard to DeAngelo Williams. During the second series, Roethlisberger completed a 19 yard screen pass to Williams. Late 1st quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 10 yard pass to Antonio Brown. Late 1st quarter, Roethlisberger completed passes of 15 yard pass to Bryant and 12 yards to Brown before throwing an interception. On the play, Roethlisberger threw into tight coverage over the middle and Denver safety Josh Bush dove forward making the interception. Early 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger stepped up in the pocket and completed a 17 yard pass to Brown. Roethlisberger followed that up with passes of 11, 9, and 4 yards to Brown and15 yards to Bryant. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed passes of 10 and 11 yards to Bryant, 5 and 5 yards to Heath Miller, 16 yards to Brown, and 14 yards to Wheaton. At halftime, the Steelers trailed 27-13 and Roethlisberger had 19 completions on 28 attempts for 194 yards and 1 interception. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led a scoring drive with passes of 8 and 9 yards to Brown, 13 yards to Wheaton, and 10 yards to Bryant. After a 26 yard defensive pass interference penalty, Roethlisberger found Brown for a 9 yard touchdown pass. On the play, Roethlisberger floated the ball in the right corner of the end zone for Brown. The touchdown marked 38 consecutive home games that Roethlisberger has thrown a passing touchdown, the 4th longest streak in league history. Early 4th quarter, Roethlisberger led a game-tying scoring drive with passes of 11 and 17 yards to Brown and 13, 1, and 9 to Wheaton. Roethlisberger threw a 9 yard touchdown pass to Wheaton, who shook off a tackle before crossing into the end zone. Late 4th quarter after the Broncos turned the ball over, Roethlisberger threw his 3rd touchdown pass of the game and 2nd touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger found Brown for a 23 yard touchdown pass after he gained inside leverage on his defender. Late 4th quarter when the Steelers were trying to run out the clock, Roethlisberger threw his 2nd interception of the game. On the play, Roethlisberger threw an ill-advised pass behind the intended receiver Williams.
2015 Week 16 vs BAL (24 / 34 / 215 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was unable to get into a rhythm during the game. Roethlisberger had 24 completions on 34 attempts for 215 yards and 2 interceptions. Late 1st quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 27 yard pass to Antonio Brown. Early 2nd quarter, a 16 yard touchdown pass was reversed when it was determined that Brown was not able to maintain possession as he was coming down out of bounds with it. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger threw off-target over the middle of the field for his first interception. On the play, Roethlisberger under-threw the intended receiver, Brown. Roethlisberger was held to 66 yards passing in the first half as the Steelers focused on running the ball. Early 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led the Steelers on a 6 play-79 yard scoring drive. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 5 and 7 yards to Brown and 10 yards to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 18 yard pass to Brown and a 6 yard pass to Martavis Bryant. Early 4th quarter, Roethlisberger was intercepted for the second time on a pass intended for Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger threw the pass behind Brown and was intercepted by Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith. Mid 4th quarter, Roethlisberger led a 8 play-80 yard scoring drive. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 9, 20, and 6 yards to Heath Miller, 22 yards to DeAngelo Williams, 7 and 19 yards to Markus Wheaton and 3 yards to Brown. The Steelers received the ball with less than three minutes in the game but could not drive the ball down the field.
2015 Week 17 vs CLE (24 / 36 / 349 / 3 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger had 24 completions on 36 attempts for 349 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Early 1st quarter, Roethlisberger led a 8 play-70 yard touchdown drive. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 27, 6, and 26 yards to Antonio Brown, 7 and 6 yards to DeAngelo Williams and 2 yards to Heath Miller. On the touchdown pass, Roethlisberger moved to his right in the pocket to buy time for Miller who made the reception in the back-middle of the end zone. Late 1st quarter, Roethlisberger threw his 1st interception on a pass intended for Martavis Bryant. On the play, Cleveland defensive back, Jordan Poyer, jumped the curl-route to make the interception. Late 1st quarter, the Steelers started a 9 play-50 yard drive which ended with a missed field goal. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 20, 19, and 1 yards to Brown. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger led a 6 play-80 yard touchdown drive. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 40 yards to Wheaton, 5 yards to Miller, and 18 and 17 to Brown. Roethlisberger capped off the drive with a 17 yard touchdown pass to Brown. On the play, Roethlisberger made a good pass in-between 2 Cleveland defenders where only Brown could make the reception. At halftime, Roethlisberger had 227 passing yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Early 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger threw his 2nd interception on a pass intended for Brown. On the play, the pass was under-thrown by Roethlisberger and the route was jumped by Cleveland defender, Craig Robertson. During the next series on 3rd and 2, Roethlisberger completed a 66 yard pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey. On the play, Roethlisberger hit Heyward-Bey running in stride down the middle of the field. Early 4th quarter after a Browns fumble, Roethlisberger threw an 8 yard touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton. On the play, Roethlisberger rolled out to his left and found Wheaton running across the end zone. Roethlisberger converted the 2 point attempt with a pass to Fitzgerald Toussaint.
2015 Week 18 vs CIN (18 / 31 / 229 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger had 18 completions on 31 attempts for 229 yards and 1 touchdown. Roethlisberger struggled early due to a tough Bengals defense and adverse weather conditions. Late 1st quarter on a 3rd and 2, Roethlisberger completed a 27 yard pass to Fitzgerald Toussaint. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger completed a 23 yard pass to Antonio Brown. Late 2nd quarter, Roethlisberger led the Steelers on a 9 play-63 yard drive. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 16 yards to Toussaint, 4 yards to Heath Miller, 11 yards to Brown, and 24 yards to Markus Wheaton before the drive stalled and the Steelers kicked a field goal. Mid 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger led the Steelers on a 6 play-82 yard scoring drive. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 60 yards to Brown and a 10 yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant. On the touchdown pass, Roethlisberger found Bryant in the right corner of the end zone for the score. Roethlisberger put the ball only where Bryant could make a play for it. On the 2 point conversion, Roethlisberger was off-target on a pass to Markus Wheaton. Late 3rd quarter, Roethlisberger took a sack for a 12 yard loss. On the play, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict drove Roethlisberger's right shoulder into the ground. Roethlisberger was forced to leave the game with a shoulder injury. After the Steelers surrendered a 15 point lead, Roethlisberger re-entered the game late in the 4th quarter to lead the team on a 9 play-74 yard game-winning drive. On the drive, Roethlisberger completed passes of 8 and 3 yards to Bryant, passes of 7 and 10 yards to Toussaint, and a pass of 12 yards to Brown. With less than 20 seconds remaining in the game, the Bengals committed two unsportsmanlike penalties to set up the game-winning field goal.
2014 Week 1 vs CLE (23 / 34 / 365 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger had a game reminiscent of his career--enable plays where there otherwise were none. The offensive line continued to look average-at-best, but Big Ben found a way to bide time while his receivers found open space. He was sacked four times on the day for a total loss of 27 yards. His only touchdown pass of the day came on a play where he likely should have been sacked, but he ducked a defender, scrambled to the right, and found Antonio Brown in the endzone on a 35-yard throw. Roethlisberger's lone interception came on a play where Le'Veon Bell was his last option, but Karlos Dansby jumped the route to come up with a diving pick in Steelers' territory. After building a 24-point lead in the first half, the Steelers amassed only 88 yards before their game-ending drive in the second half; with 47 seconds remaining in the game, Roethlisberger managed to get his offense down the field for 33 yards and set up the game-winning field goal for Shaun Suisham as time expired.
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.
2014 Week 5 vs JAX (26 / 36 / 273 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger had a disappointing fantasy day given the attractive matchup against the Jaguars, who, entering this game, were ranked last in the NFL against the pass. Roethlisberger distributed the ball to 11 different receivers in the game, with half of his attempts going to either Antonio Brown (x12) or Le'Veon Bell (x6); the remaining 18 attempts were sparsely distributed to 9 other receivers. Roethlisberger was largely successful in finding the open receiver, but only 2 offensive drives resulted in scores, which limited his fantasy output. His lone touchdown of the game was to backup tight end, Michael Palmer; it was a 1-yard pass on a naked rollout that found Palmer as he literally fell into the endzone. Roethlisberger lost a potential scoring opportunity when he fumbled during a sack deep in Jaguars' territory; this was 1 of 4 sacks that Roethlisberger endured on the afternoon. Roethlisberger has now been sacked 15 times through 5 games, which ranks 30th in the NFL.
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.
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.
2014 Week 13 vs NO (32 / 58 / 435 / 2 / 2 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger had a productive fantasy football day, but his actual football performance was his worst of the season. Roethlisberger was reckless and inaccurate, throwing two key interceptions, both of which resulted in Saints' touchdowns. The first interception came in the second quarter when Roethlisberger threw an arching pass into double-coverage to Darrius Heyward-Bey; Heyward-Bey ran an awkward route and got turned around on the pass, which made it an easy interception for the Saints' safety, Kenny Vacarro. While Heyward-Bey may not have done much to prevent the interception, much of the blame has to fall on Roethlisberger for throwing a poor pass to his WR5 in double-coverage. His second interception was the result of a tip-and-pick by a defensive lineman deep in Steelers' territory in the third quarter. It is worth noting that Roethlisberger made yet another poor pass in the first quarter to Antonio Brown, which should have resulted in a pick-six, had Saints' CB Patrick Robinson been able to hold onto the ball. Throughout the season, Roethlisberger has often found himself under pressure from opposing defensive lineman, but his offensive line protected him for most of the day, allowing minimal pressure and only 1 sack (for no loss of yardage). Both of Roethlisberger's touchdowns went to Antonio Brown late in the fourth quarter during garbage time, when he also collected nearly 200 (of his 435) passing yards.
2014 Week 14 vs CIN (25 / 39 / 350 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
A week after his worst outing of the season, Ben Roethlisberger rebounded nicely in a must-win situation against his AFC North rival, the Cincinnati Bengals. Roethlisberger reportedly watched game film after his poor performance against the Saints last week and found some flaws in his mechanics that were in need of adjustment; whatever he and Todd Haley found seemed to have an effect because Roethlisberger was markedly improved over his Week #13 performance. Big Ben benefited from superb pass blocking for the entire afternoon; the Bengals rarely got substantial pressure on Roethlisberger and he escaped the day without being sacked for the first time in six weeks. Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns on the afternoon, the first of which was a 1-yard block-and-release dump to TE Heath Miller. His second touchdown pass went to Le'Veon Bell in the third quarter, when Bell ran an option route and jived a defender before Roethlisberger dropped a short pass over the line of scrimmage for a 5-yard score. Roethlisberger's longest pass of the day was a dandy; he lofted a pass 50-yards downfield to rookie WR Martavis Bryant, who caught the ball in stride on a 'go' route and ran another 50-yards for a 94-yard touchdown, the NFL's longest score of the season.
2014 Week 15 vs ATL (27 / 35 / 360 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was efficient against the Falcons, but his fantasy numbers were somewhat of a letdown against one of the league's worst passing defenses; he completed 27 of 35 attempts for 360 yards, but failed to find the endzone for only the second time this season. Roethlisberger enjoyed minimal pressure from the Falcons' front seven, which was reflected on the stat sheet with only a single sack and no interceptions. While his fantasy output was limited due to the lack of touchdowns, Roethlisberger put together five drives of 50 yards or more by consistently finding (and connecting with) his open receivers. Despite his disappointing fantasy numbers, Roethlisbeger had a solid 'game manager' type performance and Steelers' fans are likely content with how he played, including the result of the game.
2014 Week 16 vs KC (18 / 25 / 220 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)
For the second consecutive week, Ben Roethlisberger put together a solid, workman-like performance that led his Steelers' team to victory, but possibly left fantasy teams wanting more; over his past two games, Roethlisberger has connected 75% of his pass attempts for 580 yards, but only a single touchdown. Roethlisberger has been methodical, taking what opposing defenses give him, routinely avoiding pocket pressure, and finding the open receiver. Against the Chiefs' strong secondary, Roethlisberger was able to connect for 10+ yards on ten different occasions, finishing the day with 8.8-yards per attempt, an impressive number given the limited number of attempts he made on the afternoon (25). Roethlisberger's only touchdown pass was a 3-yard completion to Antonio Brown in the third quarter. On the play, Brown lined up short right, ran an 'in' route, and quickly cut back to find a pass from Roethlisberger, who was being hit as he released the ball; Roethlisberger was slow to get up after the pass and would leave the field during the Chiefs' ensuing drive to have his right knee examined. He returned to the game on the Steelers' next drive and early reports on Monday morning are that his knee is fine moving into the last week of the season.
2014 Week 17 vs CIN (24 / 38 / 317 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
After a slow 3-3 start, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers finished the season 8-2 and secured the AFC North Title in Week #17 against the Cincinnati Bengals. In the primetime showdown, Roethlisberger managed to put together another 300-yard game against one of the better pass defenses in the league; it would be Roethlisberger's fourth 300-yard effort out of his past five games. The Bengals were not able to get substantial pressure on Roethlisberger, which allowed him plenty of time to find the open receiver throughout the night; in fact, it was the first time that Roethlisberger had not been sacked since the previous time the Steelers faced the Bengals back in Week #14. Big Ben threw a pair of touchdown passes and the first was a quick pass to Martavis Bryant in the flat, who followed excellent blocking by Markus Wheaton and Heath Miller and carried the ball 21-yards for the touchdown. Roethlisberger's second touchdown of the night would be the nail in the proverbial coffin for the Bengals; late in the fourth quarter, Antonio Brown ran a hitch route that left his defender on the ground and enabled Roethlisberger to find Brown for a 63-yard touchdown that put the game out of reach for the Bengals. Earlier in the game, there was a bit of miscommunication between Roethlisberger and Brown that led to the Steelers' lone interception; it was an unusual occurrence for these two players, who have been in sync for the entire 2014 campaign.
2014 Week 18 vs BAL (31 / 45 / 334 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Without Le'Veon Bell, it was evident that the Steelers would lean heavily on the passing game, so it was no surprise to see Ben Roethlisberger throw the ball 45 times against the Ravens. Roethlisberger was heavily pressured throughout the evening by the league's best pass rushing unit; the Ravens sacked Roethlisberger 5 times for a combined loss of 37 yards, which represented the Steeler offensive line's worst showing of the season. Due to the consistent pressure applied by the Ravens' defensive front, Roethlisberger was often throwing off-balance, over defenders, and while escaping a collapsing pocket; it was this pressure that led to two key Roethlisberger interceptions, only his third multi-interception game of the season. His first interception came deep in Steelers' territory when Big Ben found himself under extreme pressure and dumped an outlet pass to Ben Tate, who tipped the pass into the knees of Ravens' future Hall-of-Famer, Terrell Suggs; the interception would prove to be costly because the Ravens scored a touchdown on the following play, which put the Steelers into a two-score deficit late in the game. Roethlisberger did throw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Dri Archer late in the game, but offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum was called for holding on the play, which negated the score; Roethlisberger would be sacked on the following play and he was pulled from the game due to concerns of a concussion. He was quickly cleared to return to the game (three plays later), only to throw his second interception on a pass into triple coverage in the endzone, which should have been thrown away. Roethlisberger's only touchdown pass on the books came on a 6-yard out route to rookie WR Martavis Bryant in the fourth quarter; on the previous play, a Ben Roethlisberger-Antonio Brown touchdown was nullified by instant replay. The duo (Roethlisberger-Brown) had another potential TD negated in the second quarter when Brown was pushed out of bounds in the endzone before getting both feet down.
2013 Week 1 vs TEN (21 / 33 / 191 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was very inconsistent early on for the Steelers. He made some good throws and looked very comfortable connecting with Antonio Brown, but he repeatedly overthrew Emmanuel Sanders and never really found a rhythm within the offense. His inability to connect with Sanders led to a second quarter interception as Sanders beat Alterraun Verner outside, but Roethlisberger couldn't get the ball to him allowing Verner to undercut it. Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense as a whole didn't execute to any kind of degree. The Titans essentially shut the offense out, as Roethlisberger's touchdown came within two minutes of the end of the game when it had already been decided.
2013 Week 2 vs CIN (20 / 37 / 251 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger connected once down the field with David Paulson early, but much like the Titans game in Week 1, he was consistently overthrowing players deep down the field. That continued during the first half, but in a hurry up situation he was able to connect twice with Emmanuel Sanders before throwing a fade at the goalline to rookie Derek Moye for the Steelers' first touchdown. The Steelers opened the second half in a hurry up type of offense as Roethlisberger appeared to be calling the plays. A questionable flag on Marcus Gilbert prevented a big play down the field that the quarterback created by extending the play though. Roethlisberger was running the offense more in the second half and as a result, he was consistently extending plays. Roethlisberger did very well to keep those plays alive, but was still overthrowing receivers down the field. Ultimately, Roethlisberger kept the game alive with with his orchestration of the offense, but he also killed the game when he threw high and behind Cotchery down the field leading to a fourth quarter interception. The ball was tipped, but it was the errant throw that led to that tip.
2013 Week 3 vs CHI (26 / 41 / 406 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger completed his first pass attempt to Heath Miller, but fumbled on his next drop back as he tried to avoid a free rusher. Roethlisberger carried the ball loosely, but the blame has to be put on the team's offensive line for allowing a free rusher. In Week 2 against the Bengals, Roethlisberger repeatedly overthrew his receivers down the field. He overthrew Heath Miller and Emmanuel Sanders with his first two deep throws against the Bears also. Roethlisberger did find Antonio Brown for a huge throw downfield to set the Steelers up for a field goal. He followed that with a terrible interception over the middle that was returned for a touchdown. With the Steelers down early, Roethlisberger let the ball rip down the field to Brown who rose above Tillman in the end zone for a touchdown. It was an accurate, aggressive pass from Brown for a vital score. Roethlisberger was playing better in the second half as he led a field goal drive before three big plays brought him his second touchdown of the game. The Steelers offense is in a bad way and Roethlisberger is probably the only bright spark for them, but his displays haven't been up to his usual standard either this season. A fumble late in the fourth quarter as the pocket collapsed on him highlighted that. Roethlisberger's final interception was a wild deep ball with the game over.
2013 Week 4 vs MIN (36 / 51 / 383 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
On his very first drop back, Roethlisberger shrugged off a defender before finding Heath Miller. A few plays later on the same drive, Roethlisberger evaded a free blitzer with a strong pump fake. He held onto the ball and adjusted well in the pocket to survey the field, but as he has done so often this year, he overthrew a pass to a wide open Markus Wheaton down the sideline. On the next drive, Roethlisberger avoided another sack before throwing the ball away, but on the very next play he threw a perfect deep pass to Emmanuel Sanders for a huge gain. That big play eventually set up a touchdown for LeVeon Bell in the redzone. To star the very next drive however, Roethlisberger was late coming off his first read and nearly threw an interception to Marvin Mitchell underneath. Roethlisberger was brilliant in the pocket avoiding sacks throughout the game, but his deep passing remained an issue. Early in the third quarter, he manipulated the secondary with a pump fake before heaving the ball down to Antonio Brown. The pass may have been overthrown, but Brown was dragged down before we could find out for a pass interference penalty in the endzone. Roethlisberger's ability to avoid rushers and extend plays helped the Steelers stay in the game, but a miscommunication between he and Emmanuel Sanders after the receiver initially finished his crossing route resulted in an interception. Roethlisberger found Cotchery for a touchdown and orchestrated enough offense to put the Steelers in position to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but he was sacked and lost control of the ball to seal his team's fate. Mike Adams, the Steelers left tackle, deserved much of the blame for Roethlisberger's struggles on the day as he was repeatedly beaten.
2013 Week 6 vs NYJ (23 / 30 / 264 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger had some erratic ball placement early in the game, but he made many big throws in the first half to help the Steelers sustain drives. He should have had a touchdown pass, but Antonio Brown dropped his perfect backshoulder throw at the pylon. Early in the third quarter, Roethlisberger would get his first touchdown as he found Emmanuel Sanders wide open down the middle of the field for a 55 yard score. It was a play Roethlisberger couldn't miss, even considering how many deep throws he had overthrown all season long. This was Roethlisberger's best game of the season by some distance. He was helped by Todd Haley, who called a perfect game outside of that reverse pass in the endzone. However, for his career, this likely wouldn't even rank in the top 50 of Roethlisberger performances.
2013 Week 7 vs BAL (17 / 23 / 160 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 25 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was reckless with the football early on. He floated a pass over the middle of the field that was nowhere near Heath Miller, before throwing a ball high into the air to nobody in particular while under pressure in the pocket. He did throw two strikes to Jericho Cotchery before pitching a shovel pass behind the line of scrimmage to Miller for a touchdown. Roethlisberger played well, he wasn't exceptionally good but he made a few nice plays with his feet and then threw a perfect pass to Derek Moye that he dropped in the end zone. Critically, he didn't turn the ball over and made the key throws on the game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter.
2013 Week 8 vs OAK (29 / 45 / 275 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger missed Antonio Brown down the sideline with his first pass, dumped the ball off to a covered Heath Miller from a clean pocket with his pass and missed Miller on an out route with his third pass. It didn't get much better for Roethlisbeger before he forced a pass to Emmanuel Sanders down the right sideline in the third quarter. Sanders was well covered and Roethlisberger's pass gave him no chance. It was intercepted by Mike Jenkins. A turnover from the Raiders near their goal line allowed Roethlisberger to find Sanders for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. He had a second interception that was a tipped pass two more passes that should have been intercepted but one was dropped and one was negated for a penalty. Roethlisberger hasn't been good this year. He is getting a pass from most because of the Steelers' struggles as a whole, but there is a legitimate question about whether he is starting his physical decline and how steep that decline will be.
2013 Week 9 vs NE (28 / 48 / 400 / 4 / 2 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
As has been the case all season long, Roethlisberger's deep ball was terrible to start this game. With his first throw of note, the veteran quarterback was intercepted as he threw the ball straight up in the air when trying to find Antonio Brown down the left sideline. Devin McCourty had an easy interception and the receiver never had a chance. Roethlisberger missed an open Emmanuel Sanders in the end zone on the next drive, before he found Brown on a sideline route for his first touchdown pass of the day on the following drive. Roethlisberger's second touchdown pass came when he found Cotchery in the end zone after he ran a seam route. Cotchery adjusted brilliantly to a pass that Roethlisberger put up for him to win while the defender was looking the wrong way. Roethlisberger found Cotchery again for a touchdown on the next drive, but this time he forced the receiver to adjust with a slightly underthrown pass in the red zone. Roethlisberger's third touchdown to Cotchery was a simple throw as the receiver overmatched a linebacker underneath in space. With the game all but decided late in the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger threw his final interception on a play where a receiver appeared to run the wrong route. Roethlisberger wasn't the reason the Steelers lost this game. He didn't play poorly, but the hill the offense as a whole needed to climb was too steep.
2013 Week 10 vs BUF (18 / 30 / 204 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Steelers focused on running the ball on their first drive before Roethlisberger found Jerricho Cotchery for a big gain. Roethlisberger threw an accurate pass to Cotchery who was running a shallow crossing route before the receiver made a defender miss and turned upfield. A few plays later with his next pass, Roethlisberger was intercepted when he therw a terrible pass down the field. It floated and it was inaccurate, so his wide receiver never had a chance. Roethlisberger threw a few more inaccurate passes before finding a wide open Antonio Brown down the sideline to set up a scoring opportunity. After that, Jerricho Cotchery ran an outstanding route to fool Stephon Gilmore at the goal-line. Cotchery created huge space for Roethlisberger to throw the fade route. Roethlisberger was very erratic with his ball placement and wasn't the primary reason that the Steelers were able to put points on the board. Big plays from Antonio Brown and the running game set up the Steelers offense on the day.
2013 Week 11 vs DET (29 / 45 / 367 / 4 / 0 pass, 6 / 12 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was getting the ball out quick during his first drive of the game. He made one throw that went 10 yards down the field, to Heath Miller on a curl route, before Antonio Brown's ability with the ball in his hands extended the drive and scored a touchdown. Roethlisberger's second touchdown pass was more impressive. He threw a perfect pass to Brown on a comeback route to set the score up, before climbing the pocket to evade pressure and finding the receiver over the middle of the field for the score. Brown still carried the ball a huge distance for the score though. The Steelers were keeping Roethlisberger's passes short, but he missed LeVeon Bell on a short pass at the goal line for a certain touchdown early in the second quarter. Early on the next drive, Roethlisberger made his best throw of the game to that point as he hit Bell between the numbers with a throw that needed to be timed perfectly for a huge gain. Immediately after that however, he was fortunate not to be intercepted on a tipped pass that he forced to a covered receiver. He should have had a touchdown on the next play, but after moving the safety with his eyes he overthrew his pass to Heath Miller and his tight end couldn't make a difficult catch. Early in the third quarter, Roethlisberger threw the ball into the chest of DeAndre Levy. He was lucky that the ball was dropped. Soon after, Roethlisberger had David Paulson wide open in the end zone on a play from the one yard line. The quarterback badly overthrew him to give his teammate no chance. After taking over at their three yard line in the fourth quarter, Roethlisberger made an excellent throw to Antonio Brown from his own end zone on 3rd-and-9. He ended the drive with a perfect pass to Will Johnson for a touchdown, but not until Antonio Brown dropped a similar pass before then. After a Steelers interception, Roethlisberger got another touchdown pass when the Lions bit hard on a fake screen to leave Cotchery wide open. Roethlisberger looked more like his previous self at times during this game, but it was notable that he didn't throw the ball down the field and still had too many bad throws.
2013 Week 12 vs CLE (22 / 34 / 217 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
The Steelers ran a very conservative offense in the first quarter. Most of Roethlisberger's passes were short, but he did extend one play excellently to find Heath Miller for a first down. Soon after that he missed an open Antonio Brown underneath with poor ball placement, before nearly throwing a pick-six to D'Qwell Jackson at the beginning of the second quarter. The weather may have played a part, but Roethlisberger was lucky to get his deep touchdown to Antonio Brown late in the second quarter. Brown badly beat Joe Haden, but he was forced to adjust to an underthrown ball and make a tougher reception for the touchdown. With his first pass of the third quarter, Roethlisberger heaved the ball down the field for Antonio Brown. Brown was well covered though and the quarterback was again lucky not to be intercepted by Haden. Late in the third quarter, Roethlisberger had his second touchdown after a Jason Campbell fumble gave the Steelers the ball at the goal line. Emmanuel Sanders was wide open on a slant route for an easy score. The Steelers have simplified their offense a lot this season and it has really worked to their benefit. Roethlisberger is no longer extending plays or involved in slow developing plays, instead he gets rid of the ball quickly and allows his receivers to make plays with the ball in their hands.
2013 Week 13 vs BAL (28 / 44 / 257 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger threw one perfect deep ball that Antonio Brown failed to run under in the first half, but for the most part the Steelers ran a conservative offense and his accuracy left a lot to be desired. After LeVeon Bell brought the Steelers to the red zone early in the third quarter, Roethlisberger stepped up in the pocket intelligently before finding a wide open Emmanuel Sanders in the end zone for a touchdown. After making a few more impressive throws, Roethlisberger appeared to find Heath Miller down the seam with a perfect throw between two defenders for a crucial touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The play was overturned as Miller's knee was down just short of the end zone, but it was still a perfect throw in a critical situation. Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to a wide open Jerricho Cotchery a few plays later.
2013 Week 14 vs MIA (23 / 39 / 349 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
The Steelers focused their offense on LeVeon Bell early. On the first two drives of the game, Roethlisberger threw one pass to Antonio Brown underneath, one to Heath Miller off of play action and a short touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders. Bell brought the offense down the field with tough running and screen passes. Early in the second quarter, Roethlisberger was stripped from behind as he tried to make a play on third down deep in his own territory. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert was beaten very quickly, but Roethlisberger probably should have protected the ball better. In the third quarter, Roethlisberger missed an open Markus Wheaton down the middle of the field, but he then found Heath Miller down the sideline to set up a slant route to Antonio Brown that the receiver took the the end zone. On the final play of the third quarter, Roethlisberger should have been intercepted as he threw the ball straight to a defensive lineman underneath. However, immediately after the quarter break he threw a perfect touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery. Roethlisberger couldn't come up with a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, as he and his receivers couldn't connect before Roethlisberger was stopped short on a scramble for a turnover on downs. Roethlisberger got another opportunity, but he was sacked twice before they ran a desperation play that led to Antonio Brown stepping out of bounds.
2013 Week 15 vs CIN (20 / 25 / 191 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was completing solely underneath passes before he threw his first touchdown pass. Inexplicably, in the red zone, the Bengals rushed just two and dropped nine defenders into coverage. Roethlisberger took his time and waited for a receiver to come free before finding Antonio Brown in the end zone. Roethlisberger was perfect early in the game. Not only did he not have an incompletion until midway through the second quarter, but he was making very smart decisions before the passing game looked to push more passes down the field. After getting the offense to the goal line, Roethlisberger made his first two mistakes. He underthrew a bubble screen that Emmanuel Sanders did well to catch, before he should have been intercepted as he forced a pass into the end zone between two defenders. In the third quarter, after a fumble gave the Steelers good field position, Roethlisberger horribly underthrew Emmanuel Sanders down the sideline for an interception. It was his first interception in five games and not coincidentally it came when he was pushing the ball down the field outside of the team's regular short-passing game. In a peculiar turn of events, the Steelers came out throwing down the field in the third quarter when they were leading by 20 points. Roethlisberger ade some of his most impressive plays during that drive.
2013 Week 16 vs GB (16 / 28 / 167 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 13 / 1 rush)
Despite the sticky conditions, Roethlisberger began this game very well. He completed one perfect pass down the field to Antonio Brown to set up the offense in the red zone, before he found Emmanuel Sanders in the end zone for his first touchdown of the day. Because of the offense the Steelers run, Roethlisberger appears to be fresher at this point in the season than he has been for a very long time. After the Steelers ran a special teams fake to set the offense up in the red zone, Roethlisberger showed off his fresh legs. While Roethlisberger is well-known for his ability to escape behind the line of scrimmage, he took advantage of space in front of him to run in a touchdown from more than 10 yards out on this play. It was the kind of acceleration and speed that we hadn't seen from Roethlisberger for at least four seasons. In the third quarter, the Steelers were put in a hole when LeVeon Bell fumbled to set up the Packers on their own goal line. Bell responded with a big run on the next drive, before a personal foul penalty put the Steelers deep in Packers territory. Roethlisberger capped off the drive with an excellent touchdown pass to Matt Spaeth for a touchdown. Roethlisberger had played a flawless game until late in the third quarter, when A.J. Hawk made an incredible one-handed interception on a pass over the middle of the field. Roethlisberger rebounded with some good throws, but he missed the two most crucial ones. On third down when the game was tied late in the fourth quarter, he missed Antonio Brown for what would have been a first down. Later in the same situation, he missed Brown when he was wide open in the end zone.
2013 Week 17 vs CLE (19 / 31 / 179 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
In tough conditions, a wet field and noticeable rain, Roethlisberger came out with a slew of accurate passes. He connected with Antonio Brown for one big play before he found Jerricho Cotchery three times in the red zone for his first touchdown of the game. While the conditions weren't helping and Roethlisberger made an excellent start to the game, the veteran quarterback couldn't be forgiven for an awful interception early during the second drive. He threw the ball straight to Craig Robertson as he never saw the linebacker. Ultimately, he was trying to fit the ball into a receiver who had three defenders covering him. The Steelers featured LeVeon Bell in the offense immediately after that interception, but Roethlisberger made a number of impressive plays that showed his poise and ability to rebound from a bad mistake. The Steelers' first drive of the second half stalled, but the second saw Roethlisberger and his number one receiver take over. Brown made catch after catch to put the Steelers in field goal range, before Roethlisberger found Cotchery for what should have been his second touchdown of the day. Cotchery couldn't make a tough diving reception however, so the Steelers were forced to settle for a field goal. Before Cotchery dropped that touchdown, Roethlisberger could easily have been intercepted when he heaved a pass to Antonio Brown down the field. Safety Tashaun Gipson didn't read the flight of the ball well on that play, but in the fourth quarter Roethlisberger gave him another chance with a heave that the Browns defender didn't miss. It was a terrible decision and a bad throw from the quarterback.
2012 Week 1 vs DEN (22 / 40 / 245 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger began the game a bit sluggish as Pittsburgh tried to establish the running game and play away from Denver's strength of rushing the passer. He drove the team down the field to a goal-to-go situation in the first half, but the drive stalled due to a pass he certainly wishes he had back. Roethlisberger had Heath Miller wide open in the endzone, but he failed to put enough loft on the ball to get it over the defense. It was tipped, and it cost Pittsburgh four points. Once the team shook things up and utilized the no-huddle defense, Roethlisberger found a groove and was able to sustain some drives, including a 14-play, 89-yard drive that resulted in a TD in the final minute of the first half. Roethlisberger used that momentum and drove the team to a time-consuming field goal drive to begin the third quarter. At one point in the game, Roethlisberger was 9-10 on 3rd downs, with eight passes converting a first down. The run game gave him little support, and team wouldn't have been in the game without his precise passing on 3rd downs. His touchdown pass to Mike Wallace displayed great mental ability and accuracy. Wallace ran a slant from the left and kept the defender on his left hip, meaning Roethlisberger had to throw to his back shoulder - a rarity on a quick slant play. Roethlisberger's biggest mistake, though, happened in at the worst time. Late in the game, down by six points, Roethlisberger threw a pass to the sideline that was undercut and returned for a game-clinching TD by Tracy Porter. In games against lesser teams, the run game may be a bit better, which will help Roethlisberger perform better.
2012 Week 2 vs NYJ (24 / 31 / 275 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was efficient and effective from the get-go, despite a running game that was sputtering in the early-going. The first play was a quick screen to Antonio Brown, and the opening drive was full of plays designed to get the ball out of his hand quickly. Roethlisberger was very effective, approaching 100 passing yards in the first quarter. A couple of red zone stalls kept the game close though. With 6:43 left in the first half, he led the team on a touchdown drive that consumed five minutes and 40 seconds. He was 5-6 for 36 yards on the drive - including a one-yard TD pass. While the first half was full of shorter passes, Pittsburgh did bring back the deep ball on a 3rd-and-16 play in the 3rd quarter. After evading the rush, Roethlisberger heaved a ball to the endzone, and Mike Wallace made a great adjustment to catch it for a touchdown. The second half wasn't as eventful for him as Pittsburgh finally got the running game going against a very fatigued New York defense. He did ice the game away on a ten-minute, 13-second fourth quarter drive. He was 4-4 for 34 yards, including two clutch 3rd-down conversions on the game-clinching drive. It was an incredibly efficient game from Roethlisberger, which was much-needed after throwing a key interception last week against Denver.
2012 Week 3 vs OAK (36 / 49 / 384 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Just as he did in the first two games, Roethlisberger shouldered the load of the entire offense because the running game was largely unsuccessful. Pittsburgh passed early and often, many times supplementing a lacking run game with quick-hit passes that exploited Oakland's lack of bump-and-run coverage. He developed a significant rhythm with many of his receivers, hitting ten different players by halftime. Whether it was due to the bad running game or the opponent being weak in the secondary, it's clear that Todd Haley and the Steelers adjusted the game plan to be more pass-heavy. In the second half, Roethlisberger missed a couple throws that he would typically hit. The first play of the third quarter was a deep ball to Mike Wallace, who had beaten his defender. Roethlisberger overshot Wallace, though. On the same drive, Antonio Brown beat his defender for a comeback route on the sideline, but Roethlisberger's pass sailed out of bounds. If his worst points in any game are physical (like these ones) as opposed to mental (bad decision-making, turnovers), he'll continue to perform and give Pittsburgh a chance to win. His first two touchdowns were relatively routine short ones, but his third was vintage Roethlisberger. He ran around in the pocket for an extended period of time, could have easily run five yards for a first down, but instead threw downfield just as he approached the line of scrimmage. Wallace was wide open in the endzone for a TD. The phrase "extending the play" is used so often when Pittsburgh is playing, but it's an accurate phrase. By making the defense cover longer, it's easier for them to blow an assignment and lose a receiver - like what happened on Wallace's touchdown.
2012 Week 5 vs PHI (21 / 37 / 207 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
In a typical Ben Roethlisberger performance, the Steelers quarterback was not getting much help from his teammates. Roethlisberger wasn't officially sacked, but he was under pressure in the pocket more often than not. On at least four occasions Roethlisberger was hit by defenders but brushed them off with his strength. Roethlisberger is used to dealing with poor pass protection, but he generally gets more help from his receivers than he did today. Roethlisberger was making quick passes early as the offense centered around Heath Miller. He also kept the ball on what appeared to be a read-option for five yards at one point, which was notable because the Steelers reportedly did something similar in training camp. Roethlisberger followed that with a nine yard scramble when he faked a pitch outside to evade a linebacker. Roethlisberger, for the most part, threw very accurate passes but never really got the opportunities to look downfield. He was throwing mostly intermediate passes while also checking down when he had to. One of those check downs was a touchdown pass to Rashard Mendenhall that was officially ruled as a lateral. Mendenhall was wide open in the flat when Roethlisberger threw it to him and he beat a defender to run in for a touchdown. Roethlisberger had hit Antonio Brown with a pass over Nnamdi Asomugha previously, but Brown couldn't hold onto the football despite a perfect throw. At the goal-line Roethlisberger should have been intercepted on a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage when Wallace ran a rub route with Emmanuel Sanders. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was holding Wallace, but it wasn't called, and the ball was tipped directly to him but Cromartie couldn't react quickly enough to catch it. Roethlisberger only really had one notably bad throw on the day when he wildly overthrew Heath miller at the goalline in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger was playing in a very tempered offense, while dealing with an offensive line that was forcing him into quick decisions.
2012 Week 6 vs TEN (24 / 40 / 363 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
For as much as was made of the offensive coordinator change in Pittsburgh and Roethlisberger's alleged unhappiness over the move, he certainly has embraced Todd Haley's pass-friendly offense. Roethlisberger got into a rhythm again and continues to be the main reason this team stays in games with a poor running attack. He had two offensive linemen injured during the game but was able to continue to do "Roethlisberger" things by avoiding rushers, finding open receivers, and converting 3rd downs. Roethlisberger's 82-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace was a thing of beauty. Wallace ran a deep fly and simply ran past the opposing defensive back despite a large amount of cushion pre-snap. Roethlisberger hit him in stride. This team will go as Roethlisberger goes, and looking ahead at Pittsburgh's schedule, he should "go" nearly every week. Between the way he's playing and the team's ineffectiveness on the ground, he'll have to throw 40+ times per week for the team to contend
2012 Week 7 vs CIN (27 / 37 / 278 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
- Roethlisberger's play was better than the stat line might indicate. He did an excellent job standing tall in the face of a dangerous pass rush and was able to scramble just enough to prolong plays when it appeared he would be sacked. His passes were largely on target and he did a great job getting the ball to his receivers while they were on the run. His lone mistake came on a ball thrown too high in to the end zone that resulted in an interception. Roethlisberger's interception came on a pass intended for Health Miller in the end zone. Unfortunately, Miller was double-covered and the pass was high, allowing Chris Crocker to make a stellar catch resulting in the turnover. On the subsequent drive, Roethlisberger was sacked deep in Cincinnati territory and fumbled the ball leading to an AJ Green touchdown reception on the very next play. Roethlisberger's best throw came on a ball dropped by Mike Wallace. From the Cincinnati 24 Roethlisberger stepped back and to the left as the pocket was collapsing around him and found Wallace streaking to the left sideline for a sure first down. The pass was made off of Roethlisberger's back foot but had plenty of velocity. Unfortunately his normally reliable receiver dropped the easily cathcable pass. Roethlisberger's touchdown came at the end of the first half after an Andy Dalton reception. On the play, he found tight end Health Miller on a quick route to the middle of the field. The pair linked up again for the two point conversion on a fade to the left side of the end zone. On the pass, Roethlisberger lofted the ball high and to the outside so that only Miller had a chance to catch it.
2012 Week 8 vs WAS (24 / 33 / 222 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger made beating the Washington defense appear to be child's play. From the very first drive, he was able to do nearly everything he wanted. On the team's second play from scrimmage, Pittsburgh gave the look of a wide receiver screen, but Roethlisberger pump faked to draw the defense in and threw behind a couple defenders to Heath Miller for a 25-yard gain. Pittsburgh continued their deliberate attack, which keeps Roethlisberger upright and in a rhythm. They utilized the no-huddle at various points in the game, and Roethlisberger looks as comfortable as any quarterback in the league when using it. Roethlisberger's best highlight of the day came on his second quarter touchdown pass to Miller. In vintage Roethlisberger fashion, he stepped up in the pocket when he had no one open. Just as it appeared he was definitely going to tuck and run, he pulled the ball up and fired in to Miller in the back of the end zone. The play is never over with Roethlisberger. Extending the play is where some say he's at his best, but standing in a clean pocket and making accurate throws to allow his speedy receivers to run after the catch is something at which he also excels.
2012 Week 9 vs NYG (21 / 30 / 216 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger played at a high level on Sunday and had very few mistakes. Roethlisberger made a lot of plays for his team, kept plays alive in typical fashion and punished a Giants defense that lacked intensity. Early in the game, the Giants were able to hit Big Ben often and sack the QB which resulted in a lot of drives that were cut short as a result. Roethlisberger's first touchdown came in the redzone, on a simple in-pattern at the back of the endzone to WR Sanders. Roethlisberger got good protection, shifted out of the pocket one yard to the right and picked out Sanders who was wide open and made a great play to keep his feet in bounds. A bizarre play happened shortly after which resulted in a fumble returned for touchdown from Roethlisberger. Giants DE Umenyiora hit Roethlisberger's hand, which dislodged the football slightly, causing Roethlisberger to lose control of it, according to the officials and it was returned for the score. Roethlisberger's second touchdown came on an unbelievable run from WR Wallace. Ben found the receiver on a simple in-breaking route over the middle but Wallace used his elite speed to run around the entire defense and race down the sideline for the touchdown. Roethlisberger had one interception as he forced the ball down the middle due to the Giants pass rush, which was picked off easily by CB Webster for the Giants. Overall, Roethlisberger played a very efficient game. He used his running game well which proved very successful, and had the luxury of several very short fields due to excellent special teams plays by Pittsburgh.
2012 Week 10 vs KC (9 / 18 / 84 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger wasn't having his best game prior to going out injured in the third quarter. The offense appeared to be out of sync without Antonio Brown on the field, while the Chiefs defense executed well on the night. Roethlisberger was nearly intercepted by Eric Berry after scrambling against a three man rush and unleashing a pass towards Emmanuel Sanders by the pylon. Berry undercut the route and had a chance to make the catch. His first throw of the second half should have been intercepted also. With good pass protection, Roethlisberger went threw his progression before throwing an inaccurate pass into double coverage down the left sideline. Just like Eric Berry had before, Javier Arenas dropped the pick. Outside of throwing to Heath Miller, Roethlisberger never got in rhythm with any of his receivers. Roethlisberger did throw a touchdown to Mike Wallace in the second quarter when he threw an accurate fade to the corner of the endzone. Wallace made an incredible reception to bring the ball in.
2012 Week 14 vs SD (22 / 42 / 285 / 3 / 1 pass, 5 / 31 / 0 rush)
After missing the last three games with a rib injury, Roethlisberger returned this week and looked like he hadn't missed a beat. The San Diego front put pressure on him right from the outset, but managed just two sacks on him because of how good a job Roethlisberger did of eluding pressure in the pocket. The Chargers may have won this game in a rout, but it actually could have been much worse if Roethlisberger hadn't played so well. He avoided safeties, sacks, and general pressure being applied just about every time he dropped back. At times he had to fight through tacklers to get away; at others, he just side-stepped oncoming pass rushers as if he was moving out of their way on an elevator. He did the most he could with those opportunities, keeping his head up and firing downfield to his receivers (though they didn't always do him favors, with several key drops in the game). Roethlisberger re-established a good rapport with WR Mike Wallace, connecting seven times for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns. But the two couldn't quite get on the same page on a first half deep ball. As usual, Roethlisberger was being harassed as he threw and didn't have time to really step into the throw as he might have wanted to, so the pass trailed a bit to the sideline rather than staying down the seam. Had it been closer to the middle of the field, it may have gone for an 88-yard score. As it was, Wallace got his fingertips on it but couldn't haul it in. Roethlisberger had an up-and-down second half. He turned the ball over twice, but one of them probably shouldn't have been ruled a turnover. And he did lead his team to three second half touchdowns. The turnover that probably wasn't, was a play near his own end zone where he threw a lateral to WR Antonio Brown. It fell to the ground and bounced into the end zone, where it was recovered by the Chargers for a touchdown. It was ruled a backward lateral on the field, although overhead cameras appeared to show that the ball moved forward ever so slightly (which would have been an incomplete pass). The replay officials upheld the call. Roethlisberger also threw a bad interception over the middle for his first home interception of the season. It was just a bad read, as he seemingly expected the defender to keep sliding to the right but instead he darted back and jumped in front of the pass for the turnover. But aside from those two plays, he moved around really well and did a great job of keeping his head up to find targets deep downfield. He made a particularly nice throw on the 40-yard touchdown to WR Mike Wallace, a perfectly thrown stride between defenders. He also did a nice job of looking off defenders with pump fakes before finding Wallace a second time. His last touchdown pass of the game came on a quick slant to the aforementioned Brown. His second half performance was too little too late for the Steelers, but just what fantasy owners were hoping for. Roethlisberger did take one particulary hard shot towards the end of the first half. Considering he did most of his damage after halftime, it would appear that the hit didn't affect him too badly.
2012 Week 15 vs DAL (24 / 40 / 339 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Roethisberger was nearly intercepted on his third pass of the game when he combined a poor decision with an inaccurate throw. He threw a slant to Antonio Brown, who's defensive back was in press coverage at the line of scrimmage. The defensive back deflected the ball into the air, but a Cowboys' defensive lineman couldn't hold onto the ball. Roethlisberger rebounded with a perfect pass to Emmanuel Sanders over the middle, but Sanders couldn't hold onto it when he was hit by two defenders. Roethlisberger wasn't having a great game in the first half. He wasn't under pressure in the pocket very often but couldn't connect with his receivers. Once they got under two minutes however, Roethlisberger came alive as the Cowboys got some pressure in the backfield. He first evaded a blitz to hit Antonio Brown down the field, before waiting for an age in the pocket against a three man rush to hit Heath Miller wide open down the sideline for a touchdown. Having finally connected with a deep ball to Mike Wallace to set up a short touchdown run for Dwyer, Roethlisberger marched his team down the field for his second touchdown on a quick throw to Brown in the flat at the goalline. Roethlisberger had a very good second half compared to his first, but threw the game sealing interception to Brandon Carr when trying to hit Mike Wallace on a deep out route.
2012 Week 16 vs CIN (14 / 28 / 220 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was sacked on his very first drop-back after three straight running plays to open the game. Geno Atkins blew by David DeCastro for an easy sack. He didn't have his first completion until the beginning of the third drive, on a tipped pass, before he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown on his next attempt. Leon Hall beat Heath Miller inside on a slant route before catching the ball as if the throw was designed to go to him. Miller was never open and Roethlisberger was anticipating him to come free when Hall was already in position to make a play. In the hurry-up offense, Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown on a deep comeback down the left sideline before hitting him for a 60 yard touchdown after a pumpfake. Roethlisberger had time in the pocket and Brown was wide open. It was somewhat fitting that Roethlisberger was calling the plays at this point, and used the first play to set up the second. Outside of those two plays, Roethlisberger wasn't having his typical impact. He struggled to maintain drives against what is a very good defense and oftentimes felt pressure when it wasn't there. Roethlisberger nearly threw his second interception throwing across his body after scrambling out of the pocket. He tried to hit Mike Wallace in a very tight window. With the game on the line, Roethlisberger rolled out fo the pocket and overthrew his intended receiver down the field. The ball went straight to a Bengals' defender to set the Bengals up in Steelers' territory.
2012 Week 17 vs CLE (15 / 23 / 134 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was under pressure on his first few drop-backs, before he should have been intercepted. Roethlisberger adjusted to avoid an open pass rusher on third and one, before throwing the ball straight to D'Qwell Jackson over the middle on an il-advised, poorly thrown pass. Roethlisberger wasn't throwing the ball impressively early on, but did complete a big pass down the field to Antonio Brown for 43 yards that was negated by a holding penalty on the offensive line. The Steelers relied on the running game to push the offense down the field, but in the redzone it was Roethlisberger who scrambled in the pocket before hitting Antonio Brown in stride over the middle for the score. Roethlisberger appeared to be in significant pain after the play. With a seven point lead late in the fourth quarter, the Steelers were looking to close the game out. A play-action call from Haley gave Roethlisberger a receiver open in the endzone, but he underthrew his fullback on a wheel route and was almost intercepted. Roethlisberger went straight back to the endzone on the next play to hit Plaxico Burress for the touchdown.
2011 Week 1 vs BAL (22 / 41 / 280 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
If Roethlisberger has played a worse game as a pro, I can't recall it. The only thing worse than the execution of his throws was the decisions that led to them. When Roethlisberger leaves the pocket, typically a big play can be expected. Usually, however, that big play is for Pittsburgh - not their opponents. Exhibit A of Big Ben's misery came on a play that was designed to be a play-action fake and hit Hines Ward coming across the formation along the line of scrimmage. Ward was blown up by a Ravens' defender so Roethlisberger had to scramble and improvise. He ran left and then saw a streaking Heath Miller near the goal line. The problems with the decision, however, was the he had to throw back left across his body, and he didn't see Ed Reed (should be difficult to miss the NFL's interception leader from last year). The throw wobbled and ended up woefully short of Miller and in the hands of Reed. Roethlisberger threw another pick to Reed on a similar play later in the game. He left the pocket again and threw a pick on which one can only assume he didn't even see Reed. He faced pressure all day, but constant pressure is something Roethlisberger is used to and sometimes thrives on. His decision-making has to be better if the Steelers are going to be a contender this season - even against a weaker schedule.
2011 Week 2 vs SEA (22 / 30 / 298 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 8 / 0 rush)
This was the "day" to Roethlisberger's "night" performance at Baltimore last week. He couldn't have been worse last week but was very efficient this week. In a stark contrast to Seattle's offense, he averaged 9.9 yards per attempt due to the team's willingness to take shots downfield. Roethlisberger's day could have been even better if a pass from Seattle's 40 to Mike Wallace had been a touchdown instead of the pass interference penalty Wallace drew by burning cornerback Brandon Browner (whose name was heard early and often in negative sentences during this game). Another reason Roethlisberger's day could have been better was his inaccuracy in the first half. He missed Heath Miller on a rollout to the left for a play that would have been more than 10 yards at the catch and potentially 20-25 because Miller had running room. That throw - along with one in tight near Seattle's end zone just before halftime to Hines Ward - came out a bit high on Roethlisberger. Even one play that ended in a catch by Isaac Redman was one that Redman had to leap for and bail out his QB. Roethlisberger could have been 25/31 for 350 yds and 3 TDs had everything gone his way and he hit all the throws he should have. He did briefly leave the game with a knee injury that looked serious at first when Raheem Brock came in low, but he returned to the game after just a few plays and looked fine for the remainder of the contest.
2011 Week 3 vs IND (25 / 37 / 364 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 15 / 0 rush)
The first quarter of this game was an absolute clinic from Roethlisberger. He came out using play action on the very first play and hit a rhythm throw to Mike Wallace on the right sideline for 19 yards. Two plays later, it was another 29 yards to Wallace. The drive stalled on a 3rd down play where Roethlisberger threw for Emmanuel Sanders in the middle of the field. Roethlisberger threw a very accurate pass that was dropped by Sanders. Later in the quarter, Roethlisberger connected with Wallace on an 81-yard bomb where he very deftly looked off the safety just enough to get Wallace the room necessary to run by him. The throw was high and deep and was caught beautifully in stride. The rest of the game, however, was a bit of a struggle for Roethlisberger. He was pressured all night long, and it affected his performance. His interception was simply terrible. He overshot the receiver so badly that the deep safety who picked the ball off was nearly 15 yards behind the intended receiver. It's also worth noting that the Steelers lost multiple linemen in this game. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert had a shoulder injury and left the game; right guard Doug Legursky left the game; and then left tackle Jonathan Scott (who was being abused by Dwight Freeney all night long) left as well - which caused Gilbert to have to re-enter. It will be interesting to see how Roethlisberger performs with tackles who will come off the scrap heap. After the scary knee-shot last week and all the hits this week, he may be far from a lock to make it all the way through the season
2011 Week 4 vs HOU (16 / 30 / 206 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
After last Sunday's game turned his offensive line into the infirmary ward, many predicted that Roethlisberger would be under fire all day long in Houston. The line injuries and Houston's pass rush made those people exactly right. While Roethlisberger got a couple of early passes out accurately, they were short and were out of his hand before almost before the defenders were out of their stance. Pittsburgh's offense, however, is built on vertical routes that take a long time to develop. While it makes all of their young pass-catchers very dynamic, it also leaves their quarterback extremely vulnerable - even when the line isn't held together by rubber bands and duct tape. Roethlisberger's inaccuracies in this game were due to multiple factors. First of all, the offense hardly touched the field in the first half. Secondly, he was under duress all game long. The only two drives Houston didn't pressure him much were a no-huddle drive near the end of the first half and a run-dominated drive that produced the Pittsburgh touchdown. On the no-huddle drive, Roethlisberger had perhaps his biggest mistake of the day. After missing Antonio Brown on a 2nd-down button hook route, he looked for Brown again - this time on a flag route to the endzone. Brown had two or three steps on the defenders, but Roethlisberger air-mailed the pass. It would have made the game a 10-7 contest so the consequences of the missed throw were significant. At game's end, the pressure may have finally caught up to Roethlisberger. Rookie defensive end J.J. Watt was tripped up and slammed into Roethlisberger's foot/knee area. He was limping on the next three plays prior to throwing an interception that ended the game and was seen on crutches boarding the team plane. Stay tuned.
2011 Week 5 vs TEN (24 / 34 / 228 / 5 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Fighting through a bad foot injury, Roethlisberger had his best game of the year. He was efficient, used his running game, and was deadly in the red zone. Roethlisberger utilized nearly all of his targets, throwing TDs to two different tight ends along with a couple of his most trusted wide receivers. Thankfully for Pittsburgh, the offensive line performed admirably in this game - one of many negative assumptions coming into the game that the Steelers aimed to prove wrong. With better protection, Roethlisberger didn't have to scramble much to avoid heavy rushes. One time he was forced to move certainly showed his injury. On his second quarter touchdown to David Johnson, the play design was for Roethlisberger to run hard right before making the throw. He grimaced on the sideline after the play but came back and continued the aerial assault. His fifth TD pass was a more Steeler-like long bomb to Mike Wallace as the Steelers continued to put the pedal to the floor late in the fourth quarter.
2011 Week 6 vs JAX (12 / 23 / 200 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)
It was a tale of two halves for Roethlisberger. In the first half, he came out firing and was on point. He started the game hitting on 11 of his first 14. He was hitting short passes and deep, quick outs to Heath Miller, a long bomb to Mike Wallace for his only touchdown. After dominating the first half, Pittsburgh came out firing again early in the third quarter. Roethlisberger had Wallace running free down the numbers once more but threw the pass outside, narrowly missing another big play. From that point, he seemed to never be able to get into a groove again. Jacksonville also had a 9+ minute drive to score their touchdown, which also seemed to affect Pittsburgh's offensive rhythm. While he did get stripped of the ball again on sack, Roethlisberger appears to be a much better player than the guy who turned the ball over repeatedly at Baltimore in week one.
2011 Week 7 vs ARI (26 / 39 / 361 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Pittsburgh clearly came into the game looking to exploit a weak Arizona secondary. The team's first drive was on a short field after a takeaway by the defense, and Roethlisberger hit on passes of 16 yards and 12 yards to Antonio Brown and Heath Miller respectively - the latter of which was a touchdown for his tight end. Pittsburgh's success on the ground last week did not carry over to this game though, forcing Roethlisberger to throw more than he probably should have in a game his team controlled as much Pittsburgh did. Even with the team up double digits in the fourth quarter, Big Ben had to stand in the pocket and deliver while taking many shots. At separate points in the game, he looked to be shaking his right arm and was also limping after another big hit. His offensive line is beginning to get healthier with left guard Chris Kemoeatu returning and left tackle Max Starks getting himself in better shape as the weeks go by, but it's still not a unit that is going to keep Roethlisberger's jersey clean like the ones in Green Bay or New Orleans do for their quarterbacks. Despite being pummeled, Roethlisberger's game was very sharp. Mike Wallace outran a couple more overmatched defensive backs for a 95-yard TD - his second 80+ yard TD of the season. And Roethlisberger found each one of his top five targets multiple times in this game. Including Isaac Redman's two catches on dump-offs, Pittsburgh had six player catch multiple passes. Roethlisberger was on point deep, intermediate, and on his dump-offs. He avoided rushes quite often on the times he wasn't hit and delivered the ball to his weapons. Even though it came against a weak Arizona team, this was his most complete game of the season.
2011 Week 8 vs NE (36 / 50 / 365 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Masterful. Signature. Fantastic. Those are just three of the many positive words that could describe Roethlisberger's performance and the Pittsburgh offensive game plan in this game. Roethlisberger executed a very New England-like attack today. He passed short, quick, and often. The first drive, Roethlisberger didn't have the ball in his hand for more than two or three seconds - negating what was already a rather insignificant pass rush New England brought into the game. Pittsburgh executed throws that were designed to supplement a run game - passes where 4-6 yards are OK as they keep the team on schedule. It was a rare mix of possession football that was extremely pass-heavy - a mix that is typically only executed this effectively by one team in the NFL. After holding New England to a three-and-out to begin the third quarter, Pittsburgh came out in a no-huddle offense despite being up by seven points. They marched down the field and made a field goal. Typically, Pittsburgh uses its no-huddle to stir up a lethargic offense, but in this game, it was used to further put their foot on the gas, and Roethlisberger's decision-making and accuracy validated the decision. It was one of his best - if not the best - games he has played in his career. Roethlisberger is the hottest quarterback in the AFC, and it will be interesting to see if that streak can continue in a potential revenge game against Baltimore next Sunday night.
2011 Week 9 vs BAL (20 / 37 / 330 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger continued to show elements of what made him the hottest QB in the AFC coming into this game. He did, however, make a critical mistake in the third quarter. On a bubble screen, he appeared to be trying to avoid telegraphing the play, but instead, it resulted in him not seeing Terrell Suggs. Suggs skied for the ball and intercepted it as the Steelers were driving for the score. He was, however, missing two chief targets in Emmanuel Sanders and Hines Ward but still found a way to keep this team in the game against the league's #1 defense. Roethlisberger utilized his surprising amount of time in the pocket and extended plays enough to find open receivers. The touchdown pass was vintage Roethlisberger, as he scrambled right and heaved a pass into the endzone toward two receivers. Mike Wallace, who came from the left side of the field all the way across hauled it in for the go-ahead score.
2011 Week 10 vs CIN (21 / 33 / 245 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
It was a very solid game for Roethlisberger as he was able to lead his team to victory over a bitter divisional rival on the road. Roethlisberger not only had to go against a very solid defense but also had to deal with 25 to 40 mph wind gusts. That explains why he wasn't able to connect any long bombs with his favorite deep target WR Mike Wallace. Roethlisberger did try two deep balls to Wallace but he was covered well by the Cincinnati defense. Even his only interception of the day was not his fault as the usually sure handed TE Heath Miller bobbled a perfectly thrown ball that was then picked off by CB Leon Hall. The growing connection with WR Antonio Brown was quite evident on Sunday, as he was able to convert several 3rd & long conversions to Brown. The Steelers played with the lead for the most of the game and therefore ran the ball 30 times on Sunday. This limited Roethlisberger yardage as he had his first game in the last four that was fewer than 300 yards. Even with the aforementioned gusty winds and hostile environment Roethlisberger showed why he is one of the top QB's in the game. With the development of his young WR core the sky is the limit for Roethlisberger. Ben did have a touchdown pass to Cotchery called back due to penalty and also missed a wide open Cotchery for another score. So there could have been a bigger day for Roethlisberger. On a side note, late in the 4th quarter when the Steelers were trying to melt the clock they leaned on Roethlisberger arm to do so. That shows how much faith they have in his QB play.
2011 Week 12 vs KC (21 / 31 / 193 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
This game highlighted both the magnificent things Ben Roethlisberger can do and the head-scratching things he does on rare occasions. He was under constant pressure all game long (a line anyone who has recapped or analyzed a Pittsburgh game in the last three years can copy/paste into the analysis) but was able to get away from the rush many times and find receivers. Kansas City's secondary did a great job of holding their coverages on Pittsburgh's wide receivers though, which meant that the open pass-catchers Roethlisberger found were often running backs instead of his elite deep targets. His touchdown pass was probably the best two-yard TD pass you'll see all year. He evaded an A-gap blitzer up the middle by side-stepping while simultaneously protecting the ball behind his back; then he took a quick step forward and lofted a beautiful touchdown pass to the back of the endzone over a defender's outstretched arms. The ball came down just in time to allow rookie tight end Weslye Saunders to tap both feet in bounds. Roethlisberger's worst moment in the game, however, was almost equally bad as his TD was good. He attempted to look off the deep safety to create one-one-one coverage for Antonio Brown and threw the pass before looking back to ensure he had done so. It resulted in an easy undercutting of the route and an interception that even a centerfielder would call routine.
2011 Week 13 vs CIN (15 / 23 / 176 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Efficient. Effective. Thorough. Those are the ways to describe Roethlisberger's performance. He didn't have to carry the team due to can effective run game, a superior defensive effort, and a punt return touchdown. But he drove the team downfield effectively multiple times and spread the ball to man receivers. At one point, he had 15 completions and had utilized seven different pass catchers. His accuracy on quick passes allowed his receiver to make plays after the catch - such as Antonio Brown's 45-yard catch and Mike Wallace's second touchdown, which came on a quick screen. It wasn't the masterful performance he turned in against New England earlier in the year, but his team's gameplan didn't dictate him playing that way. They ran effectively enough to be completely balanced, and Roethlisberger stayed within the plan and was very effective.
2011 Week 14 vs CLE (16 / 21 / 280 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger began the game on fire, going 4-4 with a touchdown on the team's opening drive. The touchdown was vintage Roethlisberger as he avoided pressure by stepping up in the pocket and releasing the ball just before the defender arrived to hit his throwing arm. In the second quarter, however, Pittsburgh was looking to hit on a deep play. With the receivers not open, Roethlisberger held the ball way too long and was hit in a high-low fashion, injuring his ankle. It appeared as if he wouldn't return, but he came back in the second half. Despite appearing as if he couldn't even walk without limping and being unable to execute stretch handoffs, Roethlisberger threw for nearly 180 yards and had the game-clinching touchdown pass. It was an effort that showed incredible toughness. If someone had simply seen his passes and not his movements prior to them and after them, it wouldn't have appeared as if anything at all was wrong with him. It was gutsy and heroic to come back and seal a game that the team likely would have struggled to win without him.
2011 Week 15 vs SF (25 / 44 / 330 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Heading into the game, the story was whether Big Ben could play and if could play well. He answered both questions resoundingly on Monday Night. He did play, but he wasn't himself. Some of the reason for his poor performance was the inspired and on fire San Francisco defense, but a lot of it was because of his ankle. Unable to get on top of his throws, Roethlisberger left many passes high and behind his receivers due to a lack of weight transfer and the lack of velocity on his passes. Another frequent mistake was that he was very rushed in getting rid of the ball. This was evident on a first quarter deep pass to Mike Wallace, which didn't have Roethlisberger's trademark arc on it and landed about five yards out of Wallace's reach due to its flatness. He did get into a rhythm later in the game as the team's run game helped get the defense off-balance, but each drive fell short near the outside of Pittsburgh's field goal range. Having to begin each drive at the team's own 16 on average also hindered the team's ability to score points.
2011 Week 17 vs CLE (23 / 40 / 221 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger returned after missing last week's game with his high ankle sprain. Early in the game, he looked like a QB that had missed multiple weeks - not just one. His rust was apparent as he missed some early throws high. It could still be a product of not being able to fully follow through on to his left side - or being able to but not feeling confident in doing so because of the pain. Roethlisberger developed some rhythm on the team's field goal drive before halftime. He got in the no-huddle and completed his first two passes - each for first downs - before hitting Antonio Brown on a deep ball for 40 yards. The ball sailed a bit outside on Roethlisberger, but he was trying to keep it away from the deep safety and dealing with circling wind gusts. Brown made a fantastic play for him. Later on that drive, the team had time for two quick passes into the endzone from Cleveland's 1-yard line. They ran two plays that got the ball out quickly and required the receiver to run under it. Both were slightly overthrown by Roethlisberger, but the appropriate miss in that situation is long so the field goal chance can be preserved. Pittsburgh was very run-heavy in the second half and had some drives cut short by fumbles so Roethlisberger couldn't continue his rhythm and build upon it. The game was very disjointed for him after halftime.
2011 Week 18 vs DEN (22 / 40 / 289 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger began the game still looking like a player at much less than 100%, but he didn't look as poor as he did in Week 17's game at Cleveland. He got going early with a couple passes to his tight end Heath Miller - including one that went for 33 yards on a touch pass down the middle of the field. He was slightly high, but Miller's tall frame enabled him to catch the ball. Roethlisberger started going a bit cold in the second quarter. Many plays were designed for him to release the ball quickly and off his back foot so receivers could get deep and run under them. But he overthrew all of them. They weren't the types of deep balls the Pittsburgh offense typically utilizes. In the second half, though, Roethlisberger appeared to be on a mission. He was much more mobile and looked like his old self. His 31-yard touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery was a thing of beauty and vintage Big Ben. Stepping up to avoid a rush, Roethlisberger sprinted forward and released a deep ball just before crossing the line of scrimmage which found Cotchery one-on-one with a Denver linebacker. He did his best to lead this team back after a dismal second quarter, but his defense let him down.
2010 Week 6 vs CLE (16 / 27 / 257 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Clearly the story of this game, all eyes were on Roethlisberger in his return. Despite what the numbers will tell you, Big Ben didn't look like himself in this one. There were multiple throws where the ball was sailing high on him. On the first drive, the Steelers actually looked like the Ben-less version of themselves -- running the ball much more often than passing. On a 3rd down in the Red Zone, however, Roethlisberger attempted to hit Mewelde Moore on a circle route from the backfield but left the pass high and behind him, resulting in a pick by Cleveland rookie Joe Haden. Another sequence later in the game highlighted Roethlisberger's mild struggles as well. On a 2nd-and-12 from the Browns' 37, Roethlisberger froze a Cleveland CB with his patented pump fake and had Mike Wallace streaking wide open down the sideline. The safety help was so late that it may as well have not been there at all. Instead of zipping a rope into Wallace, Roethlisberger's throw sailed way too high. It missed Wallace by so much that it looked like the kind of throw a QB throws away due to a good pass rush and no one being open. Roethlisberger simply laughed after the bad thrown, which would've been a decent reaction to get past it had it not been for the result of the very next play. On 3rd and 12, Hines Ward streaked open, but Roethlisberger's pass sailed high once again -- forcing the Steelers to punt. In the post-game, Roethlisberger gave himself a C- or B+. That's probably a fair self-evaluation. Not all 3 TD games are created equally. He very easily could have thrown together a 21-27, 325, 4 TD, 0 INT game had he just hit the receivers that were open. I'm sure his criticism of himself was the 4-6 throws that sailed on him. It could be a timing thing; it could be the adrenaline of coming back to take over a 3-1 team. Either way, it's something Roethlisberger has to fix because the Steelers next four games are @MIA, @ NO (Sunday Night), @CIN (Monday Night), vs NE (Sunday Night). If the Steelers simply go 2-2, they'll be a 6-3 team and likely still a top-2 team in the conference. But if the quarterback missed 4-6 easy throws per game against that competition, 2-2 would be difficult to attain.
2010 Week 7 vs MIA (19 / 27 / 302 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 1 / 0 rush)
After a rough start to the game, Roethlisberger showed that he's back with a vengeance. His first pass of the day was a beauty downfield, perfectly placed for Mike Wallace, who had a step on his man but somehow couldn't pull it in. On the very next play Roethlisberger, dealing with huge pressure, refused to give up, but in this case he should have as he eventually fumbled the ball, giving Miami prime field position. With that behind him, he got to work, finding Wallace deep (who showed better hands after that first drop), Hines Ward everywhere, and his tight end, Heath Miller, and running backs, when necessary underneath. Roethlisberger really mixed it up, and maximized his receivers' strengths throughout. Most impressive was his vision and accuracy, even while on the run from an increasingly fierce pass rush. He made a few bonehead moves, too, like the fumble on the first series, and somehow didn't know that he had gone well past the line of scrimmage on one play but still threw the ball, resulting in a penalty. So the story of Roethlisberger's game is that he would make an absolutely brilliant play, and follow it up by making a ridiculous mistake. He also could have had a rushing touchdown, had he not fumbled at the goal line (the result was controversial, but the fumble was never in question). Without those mistakes, this game could have been a blowout. And Roethlisberger might have had another 50 yards and 2 more TD's to show for it. He really looks to be regaining form, and given his surrounding cast, it's a pretty short list of QB's that are looking better than him right now.
2010 Week 8 vs NO (17 / 28 / 195 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The way the "ebbs and flows" of a football game work is always fascinating. In the first half, the Steelers couldn't get out of the rhythm of getting themselves into 3rd and long situations. On each occasion, the Saints would bring the house with a very aggressive blitz. This would cause Roethlisberger to look to his hot read, which was inevitably short of the first down markers. For the first few possessions, he and his receivers couldn't even get on the same page to complete some of these short, hot passes. The Superdome was very loud, and that likely caused a lot of confusion for the Steelers. Once the momentum changed in the second half, however, Roethlisberger began to have some more time to think and began to find a groove. He led a four play, 68 yard drive for the Steelers' only touchdown on the night. Three of those plays were passes - all of the quick variety with three-to-five step drops. The Steelers always look better when they call these shorter, "rhythm" routes and their receivers can get open immediately. However, Bruce Arians (and Roethlisberger too) like to involve vertical routes often in every game. Roethlisberger wasn't at his best in this one, but a lot of that can be attributed to the loud stadium, the aggressive defense, and some confusion in his receiving corps. When given time to make throws, he made them accurately. Even the best in the game have "those kind of nights," and coming into a hornets' nest that was the Superdome, the whole Steelers' offense had one. Roethlisberger is still an elite QB capable of making every throw he's asked to make. One of his best on this night came in the second quarter while staring at yet another Saints blitz. He hit Mike Wallace on a skinny post-type route just in front of the safety for a 21-yard gain in time for Wallace to secure the pass and absorb a hit.
2010 Week 9 vs CIN (17 / 27 / 163 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 13 / 0 rush)
The easy thing to say about this game would be that Roethlisberger played better than he did against New Orleans but not as well as he did vs Cleveland or Miami. While that is mainly true, most of his issues in this game came about due to a very fluid offensive line situation for the Steelers. Right tackle Max Starks, left guard Chris Kemoeatu, and center Maurkice Pouncey are widely regarded as the best three players on the line. The other thing they all had in common in this game was that they were forced out of the game due to injuries at one point. Starks and Pouncey each came back, and the Steelers were able to play the whole game without having to use a defensive lineman or tight end as a true offensive lineman. The fact that Roethlisberger had five lineman at once is the best thing that could be said about the line for a stretch of the game from the second quarter on. Constantly being harrassed by blitzes, Roethlisberger often didn't have time to make throws. When he did get a chance to stand in, he was his usual self and was able to hit targets - the best of which came on his lone TD pass of the night. He hit Hines Ward on a pass that looked like he took a bit off so it could be caught in close quarters but kept it low enough and hard enough that only Ward could catch it. There were a couple of times Ben had to run his way up into the pocket and throw on the run. For the most part, those passes were good - one in particular was a nice dart helmet-high to Mike Wallace, who dropped it. Big Ben's "signature" is the type of play where Steeler fans scream at him to just take the sack and not fumble, but he powers away and completes a pass anyways. He had a couple of those early in the game as well - the craziest of which was to Heath Miller for a minimal gain that was short of a first down but still saved the Steelers 10 yards over the sack that should have been. Roethlisberger is still one of the league's best talents at QB. If he ever has an offensive system or line where he's able to stand in and see the field from a stationery position, he could pick apart defenses much like Aaron Rodgers does. Bruce Arians, however, enjoys deep, vertical routes - as opposed to the short, quick-hitters that Green Bay utilizes.
2010 Week 10 vs NE (30 / 49 / 387 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger's season-high 387 yards and his three touchdowns make it look on paper like he had a great game. However, as Kenny Maybe used to say on SportsCenter, "Games aren't played on paper. They're played inside television sets." Roethlisberger's first touchdown made the game 23-17 in the early stages on the 4th quarter. And after holding the Patriots to one first down before punting, it looked like he had a chance to lead a miraculous comeback. On the first play, however, Roethlisberger looked for Antwaan Randle El on a slant, but the pass was badly behind Randle El, tipped, intercepted, and run back for a New England score. Roethlisberger's stats after this point were, of course, basically ALL garbage time production. He began this game 5-15 for 49 yards and looked incredibly uncomfortable with two new offensive lineman on the left side of the line. When playing the "extending the play" drinking game (since national announcers say it 1,000 times per game in reference to Big Ben), Big Ben was rather effective. But he was under so much pressure throughout that he looked rattled in the pocket. During the week, he talked a good game about trusting his new linemen, but his actions spoke louder than those words. He was struggling with his timing, and his "internal clock" looked to be off throughout the night.
2010 Week 11 vs OAK (18 / 29 / 275 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 55 / 1 rush)
Roethlisberger came into this game as the leading passer in the NFL since he returned to the team in week 6. He obviously extended that in this game with another solid performance. His TD pass to Sanders was a laser perfect throw to Sanders who broke from the line and beat his defender right out of the gate. Ben put the ball perfectly into his hands and Sanders laid out for the TD grab. The TDs to Wallace and Redman were catch and run plays where Big Ben hit both of them in the open field. It only added icing to the cake for Ben as he worked the Raider secondary over for most of the game. When he was under pressure, Roethlisberger would keep the play alive with is feet, and his TD run was as much by design as it was a great play on his part. Roethlisberger rolled to the open field as the receivers cleared out to the opposite side. When no one was open, Big Ben took off for the end zone. However, rather than sliding, he cut back toward the middle of the field and stretched the ball across the goal line before being tackled. He finished the game with 55 yards rushing on just three carries, and even had a 32 yard run that was called back due to a holding call early in the 4th quarter. Even when the Steelers were up 28-3, Roethlisberger stayed in the game, and added the extra TD pass to Redman to turn in a top notch fantasy performance.
2010 Week 12 vs BUF (20 / 33 / 246 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
In the beginning of this game, the Steelers moved the ball at will. Most of that movement was with the ground game as they were exploiting the NFL's worst rush defense in terms of yards allowed. Roethlisberger's best throw on the initial scoring drive was on a 3rd-and-8. He found Hines Ward for 21 yards on a delayed seam route. Throughout the first half, Roethlisberger was sharp enough to put up stats but slightly off enough that anyone watching could tell he was off his game. His missed Emmanuel Sanders on a deep cross to the near sideline with the pass landing well out of bounds, and he completed a pass to Heath Miller on another 3rd down conversion that Miller had to jump up and make an excellent play to haul in. That pass should have resulted in a much more routine catch that the one Miller made. The Steelers didn't have nearly as much success on offense in the second half - mainly because the Bills were keeping them off the field. Roethlisberger left the field just before halftime with a foot injury and appeared to be injured further in the second half. It came on a sack where his knees were down, but the Buffalo defenders continued to bend his upper body backwards. His knee looked to have been wrenched, and he was noticeably limping afterwards. Despite the pain, Roethlisberger avoided a sack and ran for 18 yards on a 3rd-and-17 to sustain a Steelers drive that led to a field goal. It was perhaps the biggest play of the game as it came on a drive that followed 13 straight Buffalo points and came with a tied score.
2010 Week 13 vs BAL (22 / 38 / 253 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The concern coming into this game was Roethlisberger's broken right foot. Would he be confident enough to use that right foot as a base off which to make strong throws? Would he be mobile enough to side-step the always ferocious Ravens' pass rush behind his beleaguered offensive line? As the game began, Roethlisberger looked shaky. He was sailing passes high and missing easy ones - including a short slant to Heath Miller that was behind Miller and landed at his feet. As the game progressed, however, Big Ben found a rhythm. The end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth was his best stretch. The Steelers did basically nothing offensively in the first half but stayed in the game and flipped the field enough to keep the game close. The highlight pass of Roethlisberger's night was on a 3rd-and-11 from the Baltimore 30 near the end of the third quarter. Right Tackle Flozell Adams was injured on the prior play, and the pass rushers knew it. They force Roethlisberger to run hard right and fire a dart down the near sideline to Emmanuel Sanders for a 28-yard gain to the 2-yard line. The Steelers had to settle for a field goal, but they were significant points nonetheless and would not have happened without the mobility and arm of Roethlisberger. The game-winning touchdown looked as though it was a hot route to Isaac Redman. Roethlisberger delivered it quickly, and Redman did the rest.
2010 Week 14 vs CIN (21 / 33 / 258 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 23 / 0 rush)
Much like he has in the three previous games, Roethlisberger started slowly and threw some inaccurate passes. On one of the occasions he had time to threw, he waited as Hines Ward crossed the whole field from far-sideline to near-sideline, but led him much too far. The first few Steelers' drives ended in punts, and the game looked like it would be a struggle for the whole time. The Polamalu pick-six, however, ignited the whole Steelers team (and deflated the Bengals at the same time). As with many games this year and last, Big Ben really got the ball rolling when he was put in the no-huddle just before halftime. He drove the team down the field to a field goal and gave them a 10-7 lead at halftime of a game they had no business leading. In the second half, he came out firing - going 5-6 for 56 yards on a drive that ended in a field goal. Roethlisberger ended the game with 258 yards - a number that seemed unheard of after watching the offense in the first half. The Steelers' offense has struggled mightily in scoring touchdowns the last three weeks. Part is due to Big Ben's inconsistency, but when he gets in the no-huddle, he looks on-point and able to lead this team to a drive of any length against any opponent.
2010 Week 15 vs NYJ (23 / 44 / 264 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 25 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger nearly finished another miraculous comeback in this game by driving the Steelers within 10 yards of a game-winning TD. He runs the no-huddle as well as anyone in the game. At the beginning of this game, much like his last three, Roethlisberger was mildly inaccurate. Of late, when he misses, the ball sails on him. That happened a couple times in the early going today as well - as he overthrew the 6'7" tight end Matt Spaeth on one occasion. Once in the hurry-up, however, Roethlisberger is on-point. The hurry-up is just a long extension of Big Ben's favorite situation - the defense is breaking down, he's scrambling, his receivers are scrambling, and he makes plays. Roethlisberger is capable of bringing the Steelers back from behind - something that, when paired with their defense, will make them a tough out in the playoffs.
2010 Week 16 vs CAR (22 / 32 / 320 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 2 / 1 rush)
Roethlisberger was fantastic in this game - carving the Carolina defense to pieces on his way to a career high in first half passing yards with 259. Even though he was under duress enough to be hurried and to have his surgically-repaired nose bloodied, he still was patient enough on many plays to allow his receivers to break into open spaces and hit them accurately. His full skill set was on display. On his touchdown pass, he deciphered coverage and saw no one on speedster Mike Wallace. Roethlisberger threw it to Wallace so quickly that he didn't even take a two-step drop. On a short pass to Rashard Mendenhall, a less experienced QB may have rushed a tight throw, but Roethlisberger hesitated and allowed Mendenhall to break away from the linebacker covering him and use the open space in front for extra yardage. On a 35-yard deep middle pass to rookie Emmanuel Sanders, Roethlisberger lofted the ball perfectly over a deep-dropping linebacker and allowed Sanders to run under it. Big Ben was on point. He missed one throw that he could have made - a strike to Heath Miller just before halftime that he missed slightly high. Other than one throw, Big Ben was on fire and was this game's best player.
2010 Week 17 vs CLE (15 / 22 / 280 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 24 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger came out firing from the get-go in this game. The very first play the Steelers ran showed that they meant business and wanted to leave no doubt that they were there to clinch the AFC North and 1st round by in the AFC Playoffs. From their own 44 after an interception thrown by Cleveland, Pittsburgh used a play-action fake and got Mike Wallace deep behind all defenders. Roethlisberger threw a near-perfect ball, hitting Wallace in stride and needing only a slight adjustment from his young receiver to haul in the touchdown. It was Roethlisberger's biggest throw of the day, but he was far from done. His accuracy was arguably as good as it has been in any game this year as he hit multiple receivers with relative ease - utilizing multiple weapons in his arsenal. Heath Miller caught a red zone touchdown and made multiple plays in the middle of the field, and Hines Ward was involved as well. It has been rare over the last couple of years that Roethlisberger gets steady and solid pass protection, but he showed in this game that when he does, he's an incredibly efficient and effective passer. It also speaks to how well he does without the great pass protection - which tends to happen often with the Steelers deep passing scheme (due to longer-to-materialize routes being run) and injured offensive line.
2010 Week 19 vs BAL (19 / 32 / 226 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 11 / 0 rush)
The Steelers' offense began the game hot - scoring a touchdown on their initial possession. After an unnecessary roughness penalty on Hines Ward moved the team back to their own 11, Roethlisberger took a 2nd-and-19 to a 3rd-and-12 and then converted with a 20-yard pass to Mike Wallace. The broadcast of the game did a nice job showing a rear-view of the pass. Roethlisberger had to throw the ball over a defensive back underneath but in front of a safety up top respecting Wallace's deep ability. Roethlisberger's bread-and-butter, though, is his ability to deliver late in halves and games. While trailing by 14, he took the team in a no-huddle situation to a field goal attempt. It was missed, but Ben did his part. The true greatness began with 3:54 remaining from the Pittsburgh 35. Roethlisberger gets sacked rather frequently, but typically he avoids sacks in late-game situations. The Ravens managed to get him down and force the Steelers behind the chains. On 3rd-and-19, Roethlisberger did a masterful job of staring to his left to hold the three deep safeties and then delivering a rope to rookie Antonio Brown streaking down the right sideline. The play gained 58 yards, which means the ball was in the air for almost 60 after accounting for its point of release being behind the line of scrimmage. Brown didn't have the time to slow down, and the Steelers couldn't afford for it to have been overthrown. Roethlisberger delivered a perfect strike as if it were a hand-off. His late-game prowess has been exhibited in almost every situation - Super Bowls, 3rd-and-longs, etc. For all of the talk of the similarity of these teams, the glaring difference is that between Roethlisberger and Flacco. That is why the Steelers have had the better of this rivalry in games Roethlisberger has started.
2010 Week 20 vs NYJ (10 / 19 / 133 / 0 / 2 pass, 11 / 21 / 1 rush)
Roethlisberger's stat line couldn't be less impressive, but he did make some key throws on early drives after he was flushed from the pocket, and Big Ben also converted four first downs as a runner and scored once on the ground. Most importantly, Roethlisberger made the throws in the late fourth quarter to kill the game and not give the Jets and Mark Sanchez a chance to win. Roethlisberger was inaccurate on his deep balls, including one in the third quarter that ended in an interception near the goal line. His other interception came on a fourth-down throw to Rashard Mendenhall that the RB couldn't handle. Roethlisberger wasn't very productive, but he was confident and gave the Jets pass rush fits in the first half.
2010 Week 21 vs GB (25 / 40 / 263 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 31 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger had a Super Bowl to forget, even though he did throw two touchdowns, each giving the Steelers life when it looked like their chances were about to slip away. Roethlisberger also threw two interceptions, one that happened because he was hit while throwing, another that was off and went into the chest of Jarrett Bush. The pick thrown while being hit was returned for six by Nick Collins. Roethlisberger was also generally ineffective, except on the two scoring drives, and he missed a wide open Mike Wallace deep on a play that could have given the Steelers the lead. Big Ben did gain over 30 yards as a runner and displayed great instincts for when to pull down the ball and run for the second straight game, but his decisions on where to throw on the Steelers final drive and chance to win were suspect, and Roethlisberger failed to get his third ring.
2009 Week 1 vs TEN (33 / 43 / 363 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
If you took Roethlisberger as your backup QB, congratulations. It looks like the Steelers will have most of their success as an offense through the air, especially in the no huddle. Big Ben had a few shaky trademark Big Ben moments, eating the ball instead of throwing it away and costing the team three points, and being off on his timing to Santonio Holmes early in the game on an out, resulting in an interception. His other interception was on the last play on the half trying to make something happen, one that shouldn't be counted too heavily against him. Roethlisberger was doing his usual Houdini act when under pressure, but mostly, the Steelers much-maligned offensive line gave him a lot of time to calmly survey the field and find open receivers. Roethlisberger showed outstanding accuracy on downfield throws, and finished the game with 12 straight completions. He has one of the better starting WR combos in the league, and he should be a starting quality fantasy QB most weeks as long as the Steelers game plan to their strength on offense.
2009 Week 2 vs CHI (23 / 35 / 221 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 1 rush)
Make no mistake, Roethlisberger played well enough to win, but he could have played better. Big Ben was outstanding on a game-opening 92-yard TD drive, and he seemed to take well to the Steelers new identity as a pass-first team. He calmly rolled out and converted a play-action fake pass to Matt Spaeth on fourth-and-goal to cap the drive, and then started the team down the field again on the next drive before he threw an INT on a deep ball intended for Mike Wallace because he was hit as he threw. Big Ben wasn't quite the same after that, with some erratic accuracy, some drops by Santonio Holmes, and more blitzes from the Bears. He scored on a two-yard bootleg punctuated by a leap over a would-be tackler in the second half, but that score was set up by a long Rashard Mendenhall run. Roethlisberger did make enough plays to get the Steelers in field goal range twice in the fourth quarter, including a great stretch to get a key first down, but he also took a costly sack that added just enough distance to make Jeff Reed miss the first attempt. In his defense, he threw a TD pass to Santonio Holmes, before the second missed attempt, but Holmes let it go through his hands. A performance that solidifies Roethlisberger's fantasy value, even his rep as a clutch QB, but one that surely must feel empty for him.
2009 Week 3 vs CIN (22 / 31 / 276 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 1 rush)
Roethlisberger was very effective against Cincinnati. As usual, he was elusive in the pocket and kept plays alive, luring defenders into mistakes so his receivers could take advantage. Long completions to Hines Ward and a touchdown pass to Willie Parker both came on broken plays where Roethlisberger left the pocket and threw off-balance. His long mistake as a passer was critical; a miscommunication with Santonio Holmes resulted in an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Roethlisberger also had his second short yardage touchdown of the year.
2009 Week 4 vs SD (26 / 33 / 333 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
It was another very effective game this week for Big Ben and the Steelers. He ran the offensive efficiently from the get go and this week was able to lean more heavily on a stout running game and many underneath passes. He showed great poise and pocket awareness as usual and essentially had a near flawless game. Big Ben led his team to TD's on the games 1st two drives with a great mix of passes of varying lengths. The first TD was a short screen pass on 3rd down that Mewelde Moore was able to convert into a TD and the 2nd TD was nice short hookup with Heath Miller. If there is any criticism of Ben from this game, it's that he held onto the ball too long a few times and took a few sacks. These brought a couple of drives to halts where they were otherwise moving the ball very effectively. Through 4 games it is becoming clear that Roethlisberger has raised his game again and looks more like the Roethlisberger from 2006 rather than the 2007/2008 versions.
2009 Week 5 vs DET (23 / 30 / 277 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger systematically picked the Detroit Lions apart, finishing yet another contest with a completion rate over 70%. Only one pick six thrown late on an out pass to Mike Wallace kept him from having an outstanding QB rating, but it was still over 120. He was fortunate to have another INT called back due to a roughing the passer penalty, but he also should have had another touchdown to Wallace who dropped what should have been a 71-yard catch and run to the rookie. Roethlisberger found both Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward open well downfield all game, and on the rare occasions where he had to check down it was TE Heath Miller and the two Steeler backs (Mendenhall, Moore) who picked up the slack. Look for Roethlisberger to continue his hot pace next week home against the Browns.
2009 Week 6 vs CLE (23 / 35 / 417 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 11 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was very effective eluding pressure from the Browns when needed, but generally had good pass protection. He hit receivers in stride that were often wide open in the middle of the Cleveland zone defense after releasing from spread sets and bunch formations. He was accurate in tight windows, but was intercepted on an overthrown pass over the middle and nearly threw a second interception trying to force the ball into coverage in the end zone while being taken down in the pocket.
2009 Week 7 vs MIN (14 / 26 / 175 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was more of a game manager than a QB in this contest. The Vikings applied solid pressure up the middle and from the edge, and Big Ben was never able to get his leading receivers into the game. During the first half, both Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes finished with only one reception. It was only Mike Wallace and Heath Miller that saw any real action for most of the game. While Roethlisberger didn't suffer the same fate that Brett Favre did with the interception and the fumble, he was not without his miss-cues. Several incomplete passes could have been picked off and late in the fourth quarter, he had the ball knocked out of his hands but it was kicked out of bounds before it could be recovered. He finished the game with just 14 completions, for 175 yards and a TD. Not the typical numbers we are used to seeing from Big Ben, but good enough for a tough win.
2009 Week 9 vs DEN (21 / 29 / 233 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Big Ben did a good job of attacking the Broncos secondary, but early in this game he was getting harassed by the pass rush. Even working from the shotgun formation Denver was still able to get to Big Ben and bring him down. However, once the ground game got on track in the second half it opened things up for the passing game. Roethlisberger showed his trademark fearlessness when facing the rush, and also was not afraid to go after All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey. Santonio Holmes caught most of his passes against Bailey, and Roethlisberger kept attacking the secondary. Big Ben has the best pump fake in football, and was able to move the defenders where he wanted which opened up passing lanes all over the field. He was constantly looking for the best mismatch, and often times would pick on Andre Goodman with rookie receiver Mike Wallace. Roethlisberger was also relentless when throwing to Hines Ward, who was matched up against the newly-signed veteran Ty Law. As expected, the Steelers used a no huddle offense to get into a rhythm and that kept the Broncos on their heels in the second half.
2009 Week 10 vs CIN (20 / 40 / 174 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger struggled to find a rhythm against a mix of consistent pressure and strong coverage from the Bengals' defense. That combination allowed him to complete only 12 passes to his wide receivers on 29 targets and held him to just a 50% completion rate on the day. Roethlisberger was able to keep plays alive on many occasions, but too often had tunnel vision for one side of the field and missed open receivers coming open in other zones. Many of his passes missed high and at least two were nearly intercepted but dropped.
2009 Week 11 vs KC (32 / 42 / 398 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger's first throw was terrible, and nearly intercepted. But after that, he found his groove and put on a clinic throughout the first three quarters, picking apart the KC secondary. He was simply brilliant in the pocket, evading what looked like a sure sack numerous times, and making it look easy - and was actually more successful improvising and looking for his 3rd or 4th target than he was on the set plays. Late in the game, Roethlisberger got a little greedy: The Chiefs weren't stopping him, and he made a bad throw into the end zone that was easily picked off. On top of that, the KC pass rush finally got to him in the 4th quarter - to the tune of 3 sacks. Roethlisberger suffered a concussion in OT and left the game.
2009 Week 13 vs OAK (18 / 24 / 278 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger made the plays he had to for the Steelers to have a great chance to win the 4th quarter, but his unsuccessful QB sneak on 4th and 1 at the Oakland 5 and red zone interception into double coverage in the first half kept the team from opening what should have been a comfortable halftime lead. Roethlisberger otherwise dissected the Raiders defense, hitting Santonio Holmes on a perfect deep corner route ball in the end zone, finding Holmes again downfield and letting him do the rest to set up TD #2, and hitting Hines Ward on a play action pass to give the Steelers their last lead of the day. Roethlisberger had a big run on a scramble that was called back, but he also had a sure interception dropped in the first half. He didn't show any ill effects from his concussion suffered two weeks ago, and Roethlisberger should be a low-end fantasy QB1 for the playoffs.
2009 Week 14 vs CLE (18 / 32 / 201 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger was under constant pressure in Week 14, getting sacked eight times by the Cleveland Browns. While his numbers wound up as reasonable for the night (18-32-201), he failed to throw a touchdown and could have had more production if it were not for the strong winds which limited both his deep throws and long routes by his receivers. With the wind taking away most throws over 20 yards, Cleveland stacked the shorter portion of the field and forced Roethlisberger to either check down or take the sack as the coverage was taking away most 10-20 yard routes.
2009 Week 15 vs GB (29 / 46 / 503 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Five hundred yards is a plateau few QBs reach, but Roethlisberger did it against the defense that ranked third against the pass and second overall entering the game. He did it with tremendous downfield accuracy, and he did it by keeping plays alive in the typical Big Ben fashion. He took his share of sacks along the way, but when Roethlisberger had a receiver come open downfield, he always found them. He hit Mike Wallace and Hines Ward on deep balls, used Rashard Mendenhall as an outlet, found Heath Miller downfield, and even hit Santonio Holmes a few times while he was being blanketed by Charles Woodson. On the epic game-winning drive, Roethlisberger converted a fourth down and a third-and-15, and he threw the game-winner on a play eerily reminiscent of the pass that won Super Bowl XLIII, but this time, there were three zeroes on the clock. Roethlisberger was every bit as good as his numbers indicated, and he used all the weapons at his disposal to get to that lofty number.
2009 Week 16 vs BAL (17 / 33 / 259 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger practically willed the Steelers to a victory over the visiting Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 as he outplayed his meager statistics. Roethlisberger moved well within and around the pocket to buy time and find targets down field as Baltimore often decided to drop back into coverage with seven or eight defenders, which is not the best plan against Roethlisberger when he's playing well. His 259 passing yards pushed Roethlisberger over 4,000 yards for the season, making him the first Pittsburgh quarterback ever to reach that plateau. With next week's game against the Dolphins now with significant playoff implications and Miami's questionable pass defense, expect Roethlisberger to have a nice game to close the regular season.
2009 Week 17 vs MIA (18 / 27 / 220 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger consitently got the ball to his receivers while limiting mistakes. He had pretty good pass protection but also had to deal with good coverage, which meant a lot of short passes to well covered receivers. He took advantage of a couple of mistakes for big gains, but also traded interceptions with Henne late in the second, when he got greedy and threw deep into double coverage for Mendenhall. Overall, it was a good game for Roethlisberger, with three very nice touchdown throws: one deep to Wallace, one short to Holmes, and one to Miller, in the back of the end zone while scrambling. In the fourth quarter, he hurt his right arm but stayed in the game.
2008 Week 1 vs HOU (13 / 14 / 137 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)
The Pittsburgh game plan looked to establish the running game early and Ben Roethlisberger supplemented that with short passes and play action to keep the drives alive. The first drive began at midfield and Roethlisberger added a nifty 17 yards scramble when the pocket broke down. Three passes helped move the ball downfield and set up the first touchdown. The second drive was more pass oriented and Roethlisberger was able to work his WR's into the action, hitting Ward for his longest pass play of the game, 29 yards, setting up the second rushing touchdown. The Steelers' offensive line, questioned in the off-season due to some major departures, held up reasonably well, and Roethlisberger had time in the pocket. The first four Steelers' touchdown drives either had a short field following a turnover or were run-oriented so there were few passing yards available for Roethlisberger. His efficiency and accuracy were outstanding, completing 13 or 14 attempts. A blow to his right knee in the first half hobbled him going into the locker room and he did not throw often in the second half, so owners will need to keep a close eye on that issue. Ward was clearly his prime target all game. He did not play in the fourth quarter as he was relieve by Byron Leftwich.
2008 Week 2 vs CLE (12 / 19 / 186 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was able to control the game by not making mistakes. He was able to deal with the wind, completing 12 of his 19 pass attempts. He moved well in the pocket well and as always was a true leader on the field. Roethlisberger was able to sneak a couple of balls into deep double coverage despite the conditions.
2008 Week 3 vs PHI (13 / 25 / 131 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)
The Pittsburgh game plan looked to establish the passing game early and Ben Roethlisberger was able to connect on five short passes on the opening drive which eventually turned into a field goal. After that, he only had eight completions over the rest of the game, despite numerous attempts. Eagles blitzers made Roethlisberger bring the ball down numerous times and he was basically running for his life. He was not able to make any plays when the pocket broke down, something he has done often in his career. Press coverage on the outside made big plays hard to come by, with the longest gain just 16 yards. On one rare deep ball, Roethlisberger forced a pass into double coverage and the result was a CB Asante Samuel interception. The Steelers' offensive line was porous and had numerous false start and holding penalties. Poor play calling was also in evidence with few screens and draws called to slow down the Eagle attack.
2008 Week 4 vs BAL (14 / 24 / 191 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
QB Ben Roethlisberger led his team to victory Monday night despite battling knee, hand, and shoulder injuries. He appeared to be at least slightly bothered by the injuries. On the interception, he appeared to want to pump fake the pass but the ball came out of his hand. It was an obvious error as there were no receivers in the area and he threw the ball softly right into the hands of DT Haloti Ngata. He was sacked three times and managed to avoid a few hits in order to make plays by scrambling out of the pocket. At one point the Steelers went six possessions without a first down and only managed to break out of the slump when Ravens LB Jarret Johnson was flagged for a 15 yard personal foul penalty. The penalty setup the touchdown catch by WR Santonio Holmes.
2008 Week 5 vs JAX (26 / 41 / 309 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Pittsburgh wanted to establish a short and intermediate passing game early and was able to move the ball effectively during the first quarter. Ben Roethlisberger was in perfect rhythm in the second quarter getting ample time and able to get the ball to both wide receivers and tight ends. The signature plays were made while his team was behind in the fourth quarter and Roethlisberger was able to get out of the arms of a Jacksonville rusher twice and find WR Hines Ward for a key first down each time. Ending up with over 300 yards, Roethlisberger took a lot of very serious hits and owners need to keep an eye on him, but the upcoming bye week should help him heal up.
2008 Week 7 vs CIN (17 / 28 / 216 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Pittsburgh wanted to establish its passing game early and was able to move the ball effectively through the air during the first half. Ben Roethlisberger was in perfect rhythm in the second quarter getting ample time and able to get the ball to both starting wideouts and his running back. The most dramatic play was made while in the third quarter when Roethlisberger was able to get the ball deep and find WR Nate Washington for a touchdown. Ending up with over 200 yards, Roethlisberger finally enjoyed great protection and showed the benefits of his bye week to heal up from what has been a rough season of taking many major hits.
2008 Week 8 vs NYG (13 / 29 / 189 / 1 / 4 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger had a rough day, throwing four interceptions and only completing 13 passes. Roethlisberger was in a tough spot all game, constantly under pressure from Giants' defenders, and clearly the pressure got to him. Of the four interceptions, only one wasn't Roethlisberger's fault. Early in the second quarter he hit Nate Washington right in the chest, but a big hit on him popped the ball up and allowed it to be intercepted. The lone bright spot of the day for Roethlisberger was when he found Washington wide open deep downfield for a 65 yard touchdown. His day fittingly ended with an interception, on a last minute desperation deep toss.
2008 Week 9 vs WAS (5 / 17 / 50 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Through the team's first five drives, Roethlisberger completed only one of nine passes for nine yards and an interception. The pick came on a batted pass that bounced off an offensive lineman and popped into the arms of a Redskins' defender. Roethlisberger scored from one yard out on a quarterback sneak that gave the Steelers a 10-6 lead near the end of the second half. He missed the entire second half with what was reported as a shoulder injury.
2008 Week 10 vs IND (30 / 42 / 284 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Pittsburgh wanted to establish a short and intermediate passing game early due to a shoulder injury to Roethlisberger. He was able to move the ball effectively during the first quarter and was in a passing rhythm for most of the first half, getting ample time and able to spread the ball to his wideouts and tight end. The most significant play was a flea flicker pass where he was able to find WR Hines Ward down to the one yard line. The Colts took away Roethlisberger's deeper and outside passes, so he went to the tight ends and slot receivers underneath. His patience was tested and two of his interceptions were when he tried to force the ball in to tight coverage. On the positive side, he was able to avoid most of the sacks and serious hits that have been a constant for him this season.
2008 Week 11 vs SD (31 / 41 / 308 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Despite failing to get his team into the end zone, Roethlisberger played nearly a perfect game. He made good, quick reads on just about every pass and never came close to turning the ball over. The Pittsburgh plan of attack was to use quick routes and short curls to move the ball, very similar to what Denver employed to beat the Chargers back in Week 2. He just took what the defense gave him, which on most plays was a lot. He had to fight off some early pressure from the San Diego defense, which sacked him three times in the first half. They got to him just once after halftime, however, and Hines Ward and Matt Spaeth found the soft spots in the defense almost at will. The one time he was asked to make a big play downfield was on a pass to Hines Ward that went for thirty yards. He had to thread the needle between three defenders to get the ball to Ward, and he was able to do just that. Roethlisberger was unable to pick up a touchdown pass, and the closest he came to one was on a seven yard completion to Nate Washington from the eight yard line. Obviously that means Washington fell a yard shy of the end zone, a drive that resulted in Mewelde Moore being stuffed for a one yard loss on fourth down and goal from the one. At one point, it appeared he slightly tweaked his knee after slipping and then being twisted awkwardly to the ground, but he remained in and showed no ill effects.
2008 Week 12 vs CIN (17 / 30 / 243 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 1 rush)
Roethlisberger played very well in this game and seemed to play better as the game went on. After getting off to a slow start, his biggest play of the game came early in the second quarter when he found WR Hines Ward wide open over the middle for 37 yard gain. He would find TE Heath Miller a few plays later on a short three yard touchdown pass, his only passing score of the game. He finished the first half with nice numbers completing ten of 17 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Roethlisberger played even better in the second half and made enough plays in the half to take control of the game. His biggest play of the game came with about two minutes left when he scrambled for an eight yard touchdown run.
2008 Week 13 vs NE (17 / 33 / 179 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Pittsburgh wanted to establish balance in its passing and running games early and was able to move the ball more effectively through the air during the second half. Ben Roethlisberger was able to get the ball to his starting wideouts, his tight end and his running back, keeping drives alive by converting half of his third down attempts. Most of his passes were short and intermediate range. Roethlisberger just missed a ball deep to an open WR Nate Washington for a possible touchdown, under throwing it. Ending up with less than 200 yards, Roethlisberger's numbers were clearly impacted by the bad weather.
2008 Week 14 vs DAL (17 / 33 / 204 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 17 / 0 rush)
It was said before the game that a lingering shoulder injury to Roethlisberger was mostly cleared up. His play did nothing to prove that. He was unable to move the ball effectively during the first half and absent any passing rhythm for most of the game. He did regain his rhythm in the fourth quarter and was able to spread the ball to his wideouts and tight end. The most significant drive was late in the game and he showed good mobility and was able to find WR Nate Washington twice, the second time was down to the eight yard line. Roethlisberger then went to TE Heath Miller for a touchdown to tie the game. His patience was tested but he avoided forcing the ball into tight coverage for the most part. On the down side, the sacks and serious hits that have been a constant for him along the way this season were back and he held the ball way too long.
2008 Week 15 vs BAL (22 / 40 / 246 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 21 / 0 rush)
Ben Roethlisberger passed against the second best pass defense. He was still able to get over 200 yards and threw the game winning score. It wasn't a great day but it was all you could expect from a quarterback playing Baltimore. Roethlisberger relied on Hines Ward heavily down the stretch as he was the only receiver not dropping passes. He used his legs sparingly and took slides or the sideline to avoid hits. It was a smart run game by Roethlisberger and he exceeded expectations.
2008 Week 16 vs TEN (26 / 40 / 331 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
Pittsburgh wanted to establish a deep passing game and they asked Ben Roethlisberger to hold onto the ball longer to get his starting wideouts downfield. This was a major mistake. His protection, which has been a major question mark this season, did not deliver. He took many big hits from the swarming Titans defense and will likely get a day off next Sunday, in what will be a meaningless game for Pittsburgh. A bright spot was that Pittsburgh rediscovered the tight end position and that resulted in 8 catches today. Ben also did a decent job to keep drives alive by converting close to half of his third down attempts.
2008 Week 17 vs CLE (9 / 14 / 110 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was as quiet as Heinz Field has ever been during an injury timeout to QB Ben Roethlisberger. LB Willie McGinest and another player hit him and his head did connect with the turf. By the time this article was written, reports diagnosed him with a concussion. While the severity and outlook is unknown, nobody should be surprised if he missed the next game or more. A first round bye for the Steelers may gain him some time to recover. Prior to the injury, Roethlisberger was able to move his team into scoring range twice. His most significant drive was in the first half on a play where he showed veteran pocket presence to find WR Nate Washington for an apparent touchdown, but the play was called back on a holding call. QB Byron Leftwich came in to play more than half the game and showed good mobility on an eight yard scramble for a touchdown. His passing numbers were good (7/12/80) and he could be productive if called upon, based on his results from limited work this year.
2008 Week 19 vs SD (17 / 26 / 181 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Early on, Roethlisberger looked a bit rusty as the Steelers had a little bit of trouble moving the football against San Diego. But by the second quarter, it was obvious that Roethlisberger was going to have a nice game. He was getting tons of time to throw the football, even when the Chargers were blitzing. He even threw a key block to take out DE Luis Castillo on a third down WR reverse handoff, which proved that Roethlisberger was feeling no ill effects from the concussion he suffered two weeks ago. The key to this game was the fact that he got so much time to throw the ball, which in turn meant a lot of sustained drives for the Steelers. Never was that more evident than during the third quarter when the Steelers controlled the ball for all but 17 seconds of game play. They converted three separate third down and long plays, capping the possession with Roethlisberger's only touchdown pass of the day (off a play fake to TE Heath Miller). He could have easily had better passing statistics, but he misfired on at least three passes that could have gone for big yardage. First, he missed WR Santonio Holmes for what would have been about a thirty yard completion. He again missed Holmes with an overthrow for what could have been a possible 49 yard touchdown pass. And he also missed Miller wide open in the flat on a pass that he tried to rush. But despite the missed opportunities, Roethlisberger did more than enough to secure the victory and made a number of big-time passes; certainly enough to convince us that he's not still feeling the effects of the concussion, at least.
2008 Week 20 vs BAL (16 / 33 / 255 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger overcame a back injury he suffered during the first quarter where he received treatment on the sideline and the loss of Hines Ward to make several big plays to lead his team to victory. Roethlisberger did not miss any time and displayed excellent mobility in evading a stiff Ravens pass rush several times to buy his receivers additional time to get open. Roethlisberger proved accurate both in the pocket and out of the pocket, and distributed the ball to nine different receivers, making good decisions as to who to target. His numbers could have been enhanced if not for a ruling that Holmes did not have possession of a pass that he appeared to have caught for a touchdown, and for Limas Sweed not dropping a well thrown deep pass a couple of yards outside of the end zone with no Baltimore defender to prevent him from scoring.
2008 Week 21 vs ARI (21 / 30 / 256 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)
For the eighteenth time in his career, Roethlisberger rallied his team to a victory when trailing late in a game. Safe to say none were more dramatic than this one. He drove Pittsburgh 78 yards and threw the winning TD pass with just 35 seconds left in the game. He completed 21 of 30 for 256 yards and earned a passer rating of 93.2. While Pittsburgh remains committed to running the ball first and playing great defense, Roethlisberger demonstrated that he is capable of posting great numbers when called upon. He was elusive and made several great plays when it looked like he might be sacked.
2007 Week 1 vs CLE (12 / 23 / 161 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Despite completing just 52% of his passes, Roethlisberger looked quite effective in directing his offense, and threw for a career high four touchdown passes on just 23 attempts. All four touchdown passes came from the five yard line or outside, and allowed him to get each of his primary receivers (Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes and Heath Miller) involved. Roethlisberger averaged 7.0 yards per passing play on the day.
2007 Week 2 vs BUF (21 / 34 / 242 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
The Steelers mixed the run and the pass effectively and dominated for most of the game. Roethlisberger threw often in the first half, completing 16 of 29 passes for 155 yards. Roethlisberger was mostly sharp enough and efficient. He spread his 21 completions to nine different receivers. He did throw one interception on a deep attempt to Santonio Holmes on the first play of the Steelers' second possession. Holmes was well covered and Roethlisberger slightly underthrew the ball, which allowed safety Jim Leonhard enough time to range over and make the interception. Roethlisberger had a couple of other errant throws that could have resulted in interceptions. He also threw low to a wide open Dan Kreider on a swing pass that might have gone for a touchdown. Roethlisberger had a perfect second half, completing all five of his passes for 87 yards. He hit rookie tight end Matt Spaeth for a one yard touchdown on a play action pass to open the Pittsburgh scoring after halftime.
2007 Week 3 vs SF (13 / 20 / 160 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
With Willie Parker rolling on the ground, Roethlisberger attempted only seven passes in the first half. He completed six of them for 55 yards. He found Jerame Tuman for a nine yard touchdown strike late in the second quarter. Roethlisberger completed seven of 13 passes in the second half. He fumbled once, when Hannibal Navies sacked him and was able to knock the ball from his hand. However, Roethlisberger was adept at avoiding the rush to buy time to throw. He is so big and strong, that he can shrug off defensive linemen. He only tucked the ball to run once, but showed his mobility with an 18 yard gain.
2007 Week 4 vs ARI (17 / 32 / 244 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 26 / 0 rush)
At times, Roethlisberger showed good poise in the pocket against an aggressive Cardinals pass rush. Roethlisberger utilized a shot gun format for most of the game and finished with 17 for 32 for 244 yards and two touchdowns both to Santonio Holmes. He added 26 yards on four scrambles. He completed passes to five different receivers, but had two costly interceptions (one when the Steelers recovered a Arizona fumble on their Cardinals' four yard line, the other on a drive trying to tie the game late in the fourth quarter.) He was sacked four times as well.
2007 Week 5 vs SEA (18 / 22 / 206 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was patient, and that patience was rewarded in the second half. Up by a score of 7-0 to start the second half, he engineered a touchdown drive that lasted over ten minutes. In doing so, he overcame three Pittsburgh penalties, which meant that the actual yardage gained on the drive was more than a hundred yards. Despite a tough Seahawk defense, he was able to consistently find the open man on short and medium routes. With the top two receivers out due to injury, he spread the ball around, with TE Heath Miller and WR Cedrick Wilson becoming favourite targets as the game wore on.
2007 Week 7 vs DEN (24 / 35 / 290 / 4 / 2 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger's four touchdowns were nice, but his three turnovers were costly. His fumble that was returned for a touchdown was in particular was hard to swallow, as he admitted after the game he should have called time out when he saw what the defense was about to run. Roethlisberger three mostly to his three favorite targets: Ward, Holmes, and Miller. He connected with Miller for two short touchdowns, found tight end Matt Spaeth wide open for a second half score, and hit Holmes on a six point strike as well. Roethlisberger was under consistent and heavy pressure for the Denver pass rush, and was sacked four times. He avoided several potential sacks as well, and used his elusiveness and big frame to escape pressure. Roethlisberger scrambled effectively a few times, and also used his feet to buy him time to find open receivers. It was an up and down game for Roethlisberger, but it was still his best fantasy performance of the season.
2007 Week 8 vs CIN (19 / 26 / 230 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was dominant in the first half. He refused to go down against Cincinnati defenders and often made amazing plays doing so. His favorite target, Hines Ward, caught two touchdowns and could have easily had three. Roethlisberger looked pretty quick on his rushing attempt, outrunning a couple of defensive linemen in pursuit.
2007 Week 9 vs BAL (13 / 16 / 209 / 5 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger had a fantastic first half by throwing five touchdowns in the first half. He hit TE Heath Miller midway through the first quarter after Baltimore turned it over deep in there territory. Roethlisberger hit WR Santonio Holmes for his second touchdown of the quarter after another Ravens' turnover on a 15 yard pass. On the second play of the second quarter, he found WR Nate Washington over the middle for a 30 yard touchdown after the Ravens' third turnover. On his fourth touchdown, he threw a perfect pass to Holmes down the right side after he got a step on his defender. Roethlisberger capped off a Tom Brady-like first half by finding Washington again on a short seven yard pass. He tied a Steelers' record for touchdowns passes in a game and matched Patriots' QB Tom Brady who also had five touchdown passes in one half against Miami earlier. He finished the half 11 for 14 for 164 yards. Roethlisberger did complete one long pass in the second half to Holmes for 45 yards, but was injured on the play when he was pushed down. It was reported as a hip injury, and he left the game. He did return for one series in the fourth quarter, but the game was well in hand and he was replaced after that series.
2007 Week 10 vs CLE (23 / 34 / 278 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 49 / 1 rush)
Roethlisberger completed 68% of his passes for an average gain of 8.2 yards per attempt en route to a passer rating of 80.3. Roethlisberger looked to Hines Ward when he needed to find an open receiver, but came up with his biggest plays of the game with his feet, including a thirty yard touchdown run to set up a 24-21 lead, and converting on a key third down conversion to set up the go ahead touchdown to take a 31-28 lead for good.
2007 Week 11 vs NYJ (15 / 25 / 195 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger struggled throughout this game. He was sacked seven times, completed 15 of 25 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown, but threw one interception and also lost one fumble. He managed to get Pittsburgh into position to win, but the Steelers' defense couldn't hold the lead in the fourth quarter. Entering this game, Roethlisberger had a QB rating of 110, second best in the NFL, and had already thrown 22 touchdown passes.
2007 Week 12 vs MIA (18 / 21 / 165 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Despite the awful conditions, and aside from his first quarter pick, Roethlisberger threw the ball very accurately. With Santonio Holmes out due to an ankle injury, Roethlisberger had eyes mostly for Hines Ward (ten of his 21 passes were thrown to Ward, along with two others that were called back). Continuing a recent trend, Roethlisberger was unable to get rid of the ball in crucial situations. He was sacked five times, and three of those sacks ended Steelers drives in Miami territory.
2007 Week 13 vs CIN (21 / 32 / 184 / 2 / 2 pass, 6 / 13 / 1 rush)
Roethlisberger got off to a slow start as he began the game two of six for 18 yards and an interception. He did get things going on Pittsburgh's fourth drive of the game as he led the Steelers to their first score when he rushed for a six yard touchdown. On the play, the Pittsburgh quarterback dropped back to pass, and after scrambling to his left, he broke for the end zone and dove for the goal line. Replay showed that there was some question as to whether the ball broke the plane, but there was no challenge and the touchdown stood. Roethlisberger's first touchdown throw came from the Bengals' two yard line when he boot legged out to his right and hit Hines Ward for the score. He followed that touchdown pass up with another scoring strike to Ward in the third quarter, this one from nine yards out. Roethlisberger turned the ball over twice in the contest with interceptions in the first and fourth quarters.
2007 Week 14 vs NE (19 / 32 / 187 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 24 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger gave it his all in the loss, but he was unable to put any points up on the board in the second half despite moving the ball well against the Patriots defense in the first half. He faced constant pressure throughout the game and was forced to take a couple sacks because he was unable to get rid of the ball in time. On one third and ten play the Patriots fielded six defensive backs and Roethlisberger ran the ball up the middle and dove headfirst for a nine and a half yard gain. He then hit WR Cedric Wilson over the middle for the first down. At times, he was inaccurate which hurt his team on key third downs.
2007 Week 15 vs JAX (16 / 33 / 146 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger injured his shoulder in the New England game and was questionable for the game against Jacksonville after throwing little during the week. He was able to play, however, and looked to be fine. He was able to put power on his passes and was willing to scramble for yardage. Roethlisberger was not as accurate as usual, though that might have been at least partly to do with the weather conditions. He passed for only 146 yards on his 33 attempts, but made plays to keep the Steelers in the game. His pass attempt to Heath Miller was tipped by Brent Hawkins, but found Miller in the end zone, anyway. Later, Roethlisberger rallied the Steelers back to tie the game with fourth quarter touchdown passes to Hines Ward and Nate Washington. Roethlisberger was pressured throughout the game and was sacked five times. He has now been sacked 43 times on the season. He likely would have been sacked more times, but Roethlisberger is particularly adept at avoiding sacks and making plays while under pressure. On one play, Roethlisberger was already wrapped up and on his way down. Somehow, he was still able to flip the football to Willie Parker, who took off for a 27 yard gain. The play was credited as a run, because Roethlisberger's pass to Parker was backwards, but it is exemplary of Roethlisberger's strength and nifty feet. Roethlisberger scrambled twice and gained 15 yards, including an 11 yard run, when he put his shoulder down and fought for first down yardage.
2007 Week 16 vs STL (16 / 20 / 261 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger had an excellent first half and looked very sharp in this game. Backed up near their end zone on the opening drive, Roethlisberger hit WR Santonio Holmes on a deep pass down the middle of the field for 83 yards. He would find WR Nate Washington in the right corner of the end zone for touchdown three plays later to cap off a four play, 96 yard drive. Roethlisberger would bring the Steelers back down the field midway through the second quarter and would hit Washington again on 33 yard touchdown pass on what was a perfectly thrown pass. He had an excellent first half completing nine of 11 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh down the field on its first possession of the second half on a 69 yard drive that ended in a RB Najeh Davenport one yard run. He played a solid game completing 16 of 20 passes in the game, but he took a beating in the game, including a tackle in the third quarter that looked like he twisted his ankle. He was sacked four times in this game.
2007 Week 18 vs JAX (29 / 42 / 337 / 2 / 3 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger threw the ball early and often as the Steelers could not get anything going in the run game. He threw the ball 42 times for 337 yards, two touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions. He seemed to do things assuming the Jacksonville defense would react. Many of the times he was right, but the other times he threw into trouble and it was very costly.
2006 Week 2 vs JAX (17 / 32 / 141 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger played the entire game after undergoing an appendectomy 15 days ago. He was also suffering from cold symptoms and had a temperature of 104 earlier in the afternoon. He began well with two first down passes on his first two plays but Roethlisberger generally looked rusty and was inaccurate on a great many passes. He threw 32 times but only 17 were completed. He also threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter with the game within reach. Roethlisberger fumbled one snap but the Steelers recovered. He was seen clutching his stomach after one hit from LB Mike Peterson. He seemed ok after the game though addressing the press.
2006 Week 3 vs CIN (18 / 39 / 208 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Many believed the idea in starting Roethlisberger last week was to shake off any rust he may have had after being sidelined all summer with injuries from his motorcycle accident and most recently his emergency appendectomy surgery just over three weeks ago. Apparently, another week was needed. Roethlisberger's form and accuracy left a lot to be desired out on the field and he looked very uncomfortable in the pocket. With throws coming off his back foot, and him rarely stepping into his passes, many balls sailed high, or did not even reach the intended targets. His first interception was well off the mark in the end zone and was handled by safety Madieu Williams. His second in the third quarter was a lame duck bomb to Wilson, but even with room in front of him, he just chucked it up in the air without stepping into it, and he fell down after the throw when he stepped on LT Marvel Smith's foot during his follow through, limiting any kind of power behind his throw. The third was with just a few seconds left in the game when he didn't see safety Kevin Kaesviharn waiting in front of Nate Washington on the goal line. Roethlisberger looked best rolling out of the pocket, but even when he was completing passes; his receivers were doing most of the work in trying to haul them in. He completed three of his first four, meaning his completion percentage was just 43 percent the rest of the game (15 of 35). Roethlisberger has a -4 TD/INT ratio and the Steelers are 1-3 in the regular season when he has 30 or more passing attempts.
2006 Week 5 vs SD (20 / 31 / 220 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
While Roethlisberger completed 65% of his passes in the first half (13-20) for 169, he has yet to look like the leader he once was on last year's Super Bowl team. He did look more comfortable in the pocket as he kept his head up, looked for alternate options, and danced around in the pocket with good anticipation of the pass rush. But he was also sloppy at times, holding the ball out with one hand in traffic, which nearly caused two lost fumbles. Both times he was ruled in the grasp, but replays showed both could have gone the other way. He was largely responsible for Pittsburgh's second scoring drive when he completed five of six passes for 49 yards en route to a field goal. But he regressed in the second half, throwing two interceptions, one in double coverage on a flea-flicker and the other while under pressure, when he was hit while throwing a pass off his back foot. Roethlisberger now has zero touchdowns and seven interceptions.
2006 Week 6 vs KC (16 / 19 / 238 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Despite murmurs of QB Ben Roethlisberger's mental stability from his awful start, his so-called "tennis elbow" and growing speculation of lingering effects from his off season surgeries (appendectomy/motorcycle accident); he was near perfect with a 153.8 QB rating for the day. He completed 16 of 19 for 238 yards and tossed his first two touchdowns of the season. His first touchdown pass was on a fake screen, play action, where he had his choice of three receivers in single coverage. WR Nate Washington however was most open and they hooked up for a 48 yards score. Two scoring drives later, he found WR Hines Ward by himself in the back of the end zone for a 13 yard touchdown. With a large halftime lead, Roethlisberger threw just four second half passes, completing three.
2006 Week 7 vs ATL (16 / 22 / 238 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger took a helmet to helmet hit by DE Chauncey Davis in the third quarter. Despite being knocked out for a few minutes, being helped off the field by two trainers, having them briefly work in his neck and then carting him off in a woozy state to the locker room, he reappeared on the Steelers' sidelines in the fourth quarter. According to HC Bill Cowher, Roethlisberger was aware of the situation and his surroundings. Prior to the injury, Roethlisberger was on fire, completing 16 of 22 passes for 233 yards. He threw three touchdown passes; One to a wide open Hines Ward in the slot for 11 yards, one to TE Heath Miller on a bootleg play-action for one yard and a third on a quick blitz read to WR Nate Washington, also in the slot for ten yards. Only three of his completions were for less than ten yards - including one for nine yards and Miller's touchdown pass. Further tests and results will be available during the week on Roethlisberger who was "sore" after the game according to Cowher.
2006 Week 8 vs OAK (25 / 37 / 301 / 1 / 4 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger's post concussion symptoms will certainly be a hot topic in the aftermath of his worst game as a professional, and/or whether or not he should have even played. But what won't be debated is much some poor decisions cost the team. Roethlisberger completed 67.5% of his passes (25-of-37), but it was his decision making and lack of decision making (he was sacked six times because of his inability to get rid of the ball) that cost his team the game. His first interception was a deep pass into double coverage. His second interception was a tipped pass (in his defense) but the pass was forced over the middle in heavy traffic and it was plucked out of the air and returned for a touchdown. His third INT was the worst of them all, as he tried to jam a pass into triple coverage at the goal line to WR Nate Washington and CB Chris Carr took it on the fly for 100 yards for a touchdown. Roethlisberger's final INT was a fourth and one pass over the middle to WR Hines Ward, but LB Kirk Morrison was waiting for it and barley had to move to pick it off. Roethlisberger still managed 301 passing yards and a 25 yard touchdown pass to RB Willie Parker, and at times made some quality throws. He nearly bailed himself and his team out of jail with a 49 yard Hail Mary pass to Washington, but it was just short of the goal line as time expired.
2006 Week 9 vs DEN (38 / 54 / 433 / 1 / 3 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger's on field presence vastly improved from last week's debacle at Oakland. He displayed his knack for feeling pressure, his scrambling skills in and around the pocket and his improv skills in finding the open receiver. But he also seemed reluctant on his feet, tentative to go for extra yardage when he decided to tuck and run. And despite his numbers (38-54, 433 yards), Roethlisberger coughed up two interceptions inside Denver's ten yard line. With an obvious safety blitz coming, he missed Cedrick Wilson badly, who correctly read the blitz and ran the hot route skinny post to the hash marks. But Roethlisberger chucked the ball towards the sidelines, as he backpedaled and threw off his back foot. His second interception was in double coverage on a deep pass to Wilson. Nevertheless, 433 yards and a touchdown is plenty good fantasy wise despite his three interceptions. His touchdown pass included him rolling left out of harm's way, then rolling right back to the middle of the field, stopping, and then floating a 15 yards pass to Willie Parker in the second quarter.
2006 Week 10 vs NO (17 / 28 / 264 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger looked like the 2005 version of himself as he led the Steelers to five touchdown drives, the first three of which ended in Roethlisberger touchdown passes. His first was a strike over the middle to WR Hines Ward on a crossing pattern, who took it to the left sideline before turning up field for a 37 yard score. Roethlisberger found TE Heath Miller off of a play action bootleg for a two yard touchdown pass and fooled the Saints defense again with play action to find WR Cedrick Wilson all alone for a 38 yard touchdown pass. He finished 17 of 28 for 264 yards and more importantly zero turnovers. Four of Roethlisberger's incompletions were actually good choices on his part or bad reads by his receivers, and he was also the victim of three dropped passes.
2006 Week 11 vs CLE (25 / 44 / 272 / 2 / 3 pass, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was off the mark for much of the game, completing five of 13 pass attempts late into the third quarter. He had three first half interceptions as he was often behind his target with his throws. His worst effort was a high and wide screen pass to WR Santonio Holmes, who tipped it to CB Daven Holly, who scored on the 57 yard interception return. His receivers didn't help in dropping four passes two of which were picked off for interceptions. After two three and outs to open the second half, the Steelers switched to a hurry up offense and Roethlisberger flourished completing 18 of his final 29 pass attempts for 224 yards, all in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger completed five of seven passes and scrambled to find Holmes early in the fourth quarter to cut Cleveland's lead to 13-10. He went eight of 14 on the Steelers' second touchdown drive by converting three third downs. And he went six of nine on their game winning drive, capped off by Roethlisberger breaking free from a near sack to release a shovel pass to Willie Parker for a four yard touchdown. Roethlisberger took several shots in the second half, and was seen grimacing after getting up with a bloody jersey at the two minute mark, holding his throwing arm awkwardly, but he stood up to the pressure and delivered in the end.
2006 Week 12 vs BAL (21 / 41 / 214 / 0 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was overwhelmed, through no fault of his own. He rarely had any time to get set in the pocket, and had even less time to improvise once the pocket collapsed around him. He was sacked three times in the first half and served as the Ravens' whipping boy another six times in the second half. On the third sack, he was the victim of a thunderous blow by LB Bart Scott, who hit him flush in the chest and drove him into the ground. Roethlisberger remained down for several minutes, but jogged off the field after regaining his wits. He returned to take a knee before halftime and salvaged his stats with 214 passing yards, 174 in the second half, despite throwing for two late game interceptions. He was also the victim of at least five dropped passes, including one for a touchdown.
2006 Week 13 vs TB (12 / 25 / 198 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger got off to another rocky start, tossing his 20th interception of the season on his second pass of the game. The pass was a quick timing pattern to WR Nate Washington, but Roethlisberger didn't see LB Derrick Brooks drop into coverage and was therefore able to step in front of the pass. He did complete nine of 14 first half attempts for 138 yards and found TE Jerame Tuman in the back of the end zone for a two yard score in the second quarter. He was only three of nine in the second half, but his three completions totaled 60 yards, including his long of 36 yards to WR Nate Washington down the left sideline. On the next play, he scrambled to his left, directed TE Heath Miller off of his post pattern and the two connected on a 16 yard touchdown pass to start the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger appeared to be injured in the second quarter favoring his right foot, but seemed okay after an injury timeout to a Tampa player. With the game in hand, he sat the majority of the fourth quarter and watched backup QB Charlie Batch finish the game.
2006 Week 14 vs CLE (11 / 21 / 225 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 1 rush)
Roethlisberger got off to a shaky start, missing on three of his first four pass attempts, but heated up in the single digit wind chill temperatures on the Steelers next drive. He converted a third and four to WR Santonio Holmes for 16 yards and then heaved a bomb in the swirling winds to WR Nate Washington for a 49 yard touchdown pass. He was off the mark a bit in the first half, and watched second quarter drives stall due to a fumble and a blocked field goal, but made all of his completions count for big gains. He finished the first half 7-17 for 138 yards. In the third quarter Roethlisberger tip toed over a pass rusher's extended arm and found TE Jerame Tuman for 15 yards which helped set up his own two yard bootleg touchdown run to extend the Steelers lead to 17-0. He completed just two more passes from that point, a 21 pass to RB Najeh Davenport, setting up a touchdown run by RB Willie Parker, and a 25 yard skinny post to Holmes to set up a Jeff Reed field goal in the fourth quarter.
2006 Week 15 vs CAR (10 / 17 / 125 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 12 / 1 rush)
Roethlisberger played a safe, turnover free game. He completed 11 of his eighteen passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Once the Steelers took control of the game, Roethlisberger did not have to throw often. Roethlisberger's longest completion of the game was a 21 yard pass to Hines Ward. He barely overthrew Ward on another bomb and also just missed on a potential touchdown to Santonio Holmes. Holmes was slowed up on the play and may have been able to run down the deep pass. Instead, the Steelers got a pass interference call. The Steelers called Roethlisberger's number on running plays more frequently than in the past. He ran five times for 12 yards, including a one yard touchdown. On what was a designed play, Roethlisberger faked to Willie Parker, and then ran untouched around the right end for an easy score. He also had an eight yard gain on a naked bootleg.
2006 Week 16 vs BAL (15 / 31 / 156 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 33 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger appeared uncomfortable in the pocket all game often under pressure from the Ravens relentless pass rush. He was very inconsistent in the first half missing his intended target often and having several passes deflected at the line of scrimmage. Roethlisberger struggled to sustain a drive on the Steelers first six possessions, yielding just two first downs and six punts. He did show signs of life after a Steelers' defensive turnover put Pittsburgh in Ravens' territory for the first time in the game. Roethlisberger completed four of four passes for 25 yards including the one yard touchdown strike to Heath Miller. He also scrambled for 13 yards on that same series. His numbers at the half were eight of 14 for 64 yards and a touchdown. Things didn't get any better in the second half for Roethlisberger as he threw two interceptions leading to ten points for the Ravens. Roethlisberger would finish the game completing 15 of 31 passes for 156 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Unfortunately for the Steelers, he led the team with 33 yards rushing.
2006 Week 17 vs CIN (19 / 28 / 280 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was generally steady in completing 19 of 28 passes for 280 yards. He looked awkward at times, showing his tendency for having mechanical issues in throwing the ball high or behind his target, but also came up with clutch throws as needed, in particular late in the game. In the first quarter he overthrew WR Santonio Holmes into double coverage for an interception. But he rallied and completed key third down passes to WR Hines Ward in the first quarter and again to Ward in the fourth quarter, both leading to touchdowns. He later completed three passes for 66 yards en route to a game tying field goal with 1:07 left in the game. In overtime, he ran for six yards and a first down, and the very next play read the Bengals blitz and hit WR Santonio Holmes on the hot route slant, who took it 67 yards for the game winning touchdown.
2005 Week 1 vs TEN (9 / 11 / 218 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger looked sharp, his decisions were made quickly, and he was accurate. It also helped that with the running game going smoothly, he was able to coast on play-action passing and he was nine out of 11 for 218 yards with two touchdowns. He found Hines Ward twice for 25 yards during the first drive, Cedrick Wilson for another 12, and executed a nice screen pass to Willie Parker for 48 yards that put the Steelers inside the Titans' five. Two plays later, he found Heath Miller in the back of the end zone to tie the game at seven. Roethlisberger's biggest pass came in the second quarter when he launched an under thrown pass to Randle El, who adjusted to it, and beat the double coverage for a 63-yard score. "Big-Ben" looked as poised as he did during most of his rookie campaign last year, in which he won 13 consecutive regular season games.
2005 Week 2 vs HOU (14 / 21 / 254 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger was steady throughout and showed great pocket presence, leading the Steelers to scores on all four first-half possessions. His bruised knee did not seem to a problem at all. He was just two of four on their first drive, but finished 15 of 21 for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger completed six of his seven passes on Pittsburgh's two touchdown drives. After a Steelers' fumble recovery, he hit Ward for a 16 yard touchdown pass on the second play of their second drive. He followed that up on the next drive with a 14 yarder to Ward five seconds into the second quarter. On that play, Roethlisberger led cornerback Dunta Robinson one way with a pump fake before hitting Ward who cut to the opposite direction. He also completed a 54 yard bomb to Randle El to help set up their fourth score, a Reed field goal. He attempted only six passes in the second half, converting three.
2005 Week 3 vs NE (12 / 28 / 216 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger passed more often in this game than he usually does, and he battled most of the afternoon with mixed results. On the Steelers' first offensive play, he faked to Willie Parker and threw to Hines Ward as he cut inside. Ward slipped past two defenders and raced 85 yards for a touchdown, tying the game. Roethlisberger showed impressive elusiveness under pressure on a number of plays, evading potential sacks and scrambling for yardage or gaining time to throw. However, he relied on his feet too much and was caught for sacks when he should have thrown the ball away. On a play out of the shotgun on fourth down from the Patriots 40, Roethlisberger punted the ball for the first time in his career, resulting in a touchback. Late in the second quarter, Roethlisberger was hit from behind by Don Davis. He managed to get the ball away but fell on his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He left the field in pain but would return to the game and did not miss any playing time. As the game wore on, the Patriots were able to force him into making some errant passes and flushing him from the pocket. He did lead the team down the field though and scored the game tying TD with a pass to Ward.
2005 Week 5 vs SD (17 / 26 / 225 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 15 / 1 rush)
Roethlisberger sustained a hyperextension and possible bone bruise to his left knee when defensive end Luis Castillo fell over his blocker and into Roethlisberger, whose leg was planted into the turf after completing a nine yard pass to Antwaan Randle El. His leg bent back in a way that it shouldn't bend and he was helped off the field putting very little weight on the injury. It was immediately wrapped in ice, and he was carted into the locker room at the conclusion of the game. He was able to dress and leave with the team back to Pittsburgh and is scheduled to have an MRI today to determine the full extent of the injury. His status for next week is unknown officially. He had another successful night before the injury going 17 of 26 for 225 yards and a touchdown pass to Heath Miller. He also had his first rushing score of the year with a seven yard QB draw early in the second quarter.
2005 Week 7 vs CIN (9 / 14 / 93 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / -5 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger returned after missing a game with an injured knee, but had to put little strain on it as the running game accounted for 70% of the total yards. He used six of his nine completions to find the increasing popular TE Heath Miller, including a two yard score in the second quarter. The other three completions were reserved for Hines Ward, who caught a four yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Roethlisberger and Ward nearly converted for a 37 yard score, but the ball was jarred loose when Ward fell hard on his hip in the end zone. The only blemish to his game was an interception early in the third quarter, his first of the season, but he was saved when the Steelers' defense returned the favor just a few plays later.
2005 Week 8 vs BAL (18 / 30 / 177 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger completed seven of his first eight passes on Pittsburgh's opening drive that took 8:57 off the clock and covered 79 yards on 15 plays. He finished with a four yard pass to Heath Miller for a 7-0 lead. But Roethlisberger took several big hits in the first quarter, and was taken to the locker room to examine his right knee, not the left knee that was previously injured three weeks ago. He came back immediately but with his movement limited and constant pressure from the Ravens' defense, Roethlisberger wasn't nearly as effective completing 11 of his final 22 attempts. Even the commentators noted that he seemed to be grimacing and in pain. He did find Miller for another touchdown in the third quarter, and he rallied to hit Antwaan Randle El and Quincy Morgan for 14 and 23 yards respectively on the final drive to help put the Steelers in position to kick a winning field goal. Early reports were that his right knee was twisted and he'll have it reexamined today. He was able to use his left knee successfully for a 33 yard pooch punt in the second quarter that pinned the Ravens on their own one yard line.
2005 Week 11 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger missed another game recovering from his knee surgery. Bill Cowher on whether or not Roethlisberger will be ready for a Monday night showdown in Indianapolis: "We'll see." Not exactly a ringing endorsement.
2005 Week 12 vs IND (17 / 26 / 133 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 21 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger showed a little rust during his first game action after knee surgery. He threw mostly high percentage, short yardage passes, finishing well under ten yard per completion. He threw two interceptions that killed Pittsburgh drives, the first of which led to a Colts' field goal at the end of the first half. He managed one touchdown toss, a very nice 12 yard bullet to Hines Ward. Ward was Roethlisberger's favorite target. He also contributed on the ground, scrambling for over 20 yards on three carries. He did not appear limited by the knee surgery and moved around in the pocket well. On the plays where he was knocked down, he didn't seem to have any trouble with the knee.
2005 Week 13 vs CIN (29 / 41 / 386 / 3 / 3 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger completed nine of his first 12 passes to help Pittsburgh build a 14-7 lead, including a 25 yard score to Quincy Morgan. Despite wearing a splint and glove to protect his injured thumb (rumored to be fractured), he had good command of the ball and didn't appear to lose control of his grip. His accuracy remained intact as he completed 71 percent of his passes for a career high 386 yards and three touchdowns. He found Quincy Morgan on a post pattern over the middle for a 25 yard touchdown in the first quarter, and Hines Ward twice in the second half on plays of 20 and six yards. His decision making, however, was in question when he threw three interceptions, two to linebackers that had shown blitz but then dropped into coverage. The third was a deep ball to Ward, which had to try and catch up to it, while Deltha O'Neal positioned himself for the turnover. Roethlisberger maintained that his thumb is still sore after the game, but would not confirm the rumors of a fracture one way or another.
2005 Week 14 vs CHI (13 / 20 / 173 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Roethlisberger's injured thumb held up well as he threw less than half of his career high 41 attempts from last week. Facing a very thin pass rush, he had plenty of time to choose one of seven different receivers, and never once had to leave the pocket on the run. His first two completions barely wiped the dust off of his arm. Willie Parker took a screen pass for 45 yards and three plays later, Hines Ward received an end around screen, whereupon he ran the remaining 16 yards for the touchdown. Roethlisberger went three for three on Pittsburgh's second touchdown drive, including a 16 yard screen to Verron Haynes on third and 13. He again went three for three on their third scoring drive in the third quarter, including two third down conversion passes, one to Antwaan Randle El on third and 14 and another to Quincy Morgan on third and nine. He would attempt just five passes the rest of the game.
2005 Week 15 vs MIN (10 / 15 / 149 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 7 / 1 rush)
Roethlisberger was concerned that wearing a glove over a splint to protect his injured thumb might make his hand sweat inside the warm confines of the Metrodome, which might have been the reason his five incompletions were off the mark as badly as they were. Yes, Roethlisberger completed two thirds of his passes, but attempts were of equal high percentage as he rarely threw the ball longer than 20 yards. His only deep ball was severely under thrown, and twice he threw behind his ace receiver Hines Ward. Some nifty runs after the catch padded his 143 yards, including on the opening drive when he found TE Heath Miller cutting across the right side of the field before turning it up field for a 50 yard gain. Antwaan Randle El turned a screen pass into 28 yards and he also caught a pass wide open in the flat for 20 yards, ten in the air, ten on the run. Roethlisberger did play smart, however, and he scored the Steelers' only touchdown in the second quarter when he saw a huge opening left of the pocket and he lumbered to the goal line diving into the end zone for the three yard score.
2005 Week 16 vs CLE (13 / 20 / 226 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Another typical 13 of 20 day for Roethlisberger, which means of course the running game was clicking making an easy day for the passing attack. The difference was that Roethlisberger threw down field, did if often and did it well. He averaged 10.4 yards a pass and did most of his damage in the first half as he went ten of 15 for 193 yards. On Pittsburgh's first scoring drive, he threw an incomplete pass to Antwaan Randle El only because it was dropped. He then completed his next six passes, the first three to Randle El, Cedrick Wilson and Heath Miller for 20, 17 and 21 yards respectively setting up Jerome Bettis' touchdown. On their next he found Ward three times for 19, 32 yards followed by a needle-threading seven yarder for a touchdown. In fact Roethlisberger's worst pass was actually a 46 yard completion thrown short to Wilson in the second quarter that would have been good for six points had he hit his receiver in stride.
2005 Week 17 vs DET (7 / 16 / 135 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 5 / 1 rush)
If there was ever a day to have a 34.1 rating, the second lowest of his career, this was the day when the running game supplied 199 yards of offense to help support the paltry 135 passing yards on just seven completions and two interceptions. Granted, Roethlisberger was the victim of six dropped passes, including one to Hines Ward for a touchdown, but he was clearly not as sharp as he had been in recent games throwing behind and late to targets on both interceptions. To add further speculation to the fire, Roethlisberger was seeking medical attention after he dove into the end zone for the Steelers fifth and final score of the day in the third quarter. He returned and finished the game but attempted just two passes, one of which was intercepted. No injuries were reported after the game. He has five touchdown passes and four interceptions this year against next week's playoff opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals.