By Jonathan Rodrigues
On October 26th, I was able to take advantage of the opportunity to see the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz field. I have to admit that leading up to the game, I did not believe the Steelers would have a chance to win the game. The Colts defense was only allowing 311 yards through seven games and under 100 yards on the ground, and the team was on a five game winning streak. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers were not expected to be a full blown passing offense as they have two running backs that have proven themselves on the field throughout the year. But, Todd Haley decided that he would prepare a game plan that Indy would not be ready for. The Steelers came out firing on all cylinders and Big Ben proved his nickname by slinging long arcing throws over the entire Colts secondary. Roethlisberger proved that he could carry an offense by himself passing for 522 yards and 6 touchdown passes. Each wide receiver playing for the Steelers averaged more than 10 yards per catch proving that they were also ready to step-up to the task of a dynamic passing attack. Ben Roethlisberger dissected and humiliated the 9th ranked defense in the NFL scoring 44 offensive points and leading the Steelers to a 51-34 victory.
The topic arose the following week, “Is Ben Roethlisberger really at a high level when speaking of Quarterbacks in this NFL season, or was this total onslaught just an anomaly?”
But, on national television, Ben Roethlisberger proved himself yet again. The Steelers were hosting their bitter rivals the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens defense were giving up an average of about 16 points per game including a dominant 26-6 home demolition of the Steelers in the second game of the season. Coming into the game, the Ravens were allowing an average of 256 passing yards and 90 rushing yards per game. Roethlisberger gave the home crowd a show for the second week in a row, with 321 passing yards and another 6 touchdowns.
Roethlisberger has never been the spotlight player in Pittsburgh; even when he brought his team to three Super Bowls, winning two of them. The defense was always the shining star in the Pittsburgh franchise. Recently, the tides have completely turned, leaving Big Ben in the heat of center stage. Roethlisberger broke a record shared by Tom Brady and Tom Flores by passing for twelve touchdowns. Will Ben Roethlisberger continue this incredible streak Sunday as the Steelers face the slumping New York Jets?