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Ben Roethlisberger proves big-game Big B
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The reports of Ben Roethlisberger's demise as an Men's Deshaun Watson Game Jersey elite quarterback have beengreatly exaggerated. With one much-needed big night in Thursday's 40-17 Steelers rout of the Titans Big Ben silenced those who were doubting what he had left at age 35 including himself.Shockingly, the offensive outburst against Tenne see was the first time Pittsburgh had scored 30 or more points in a game this season and the first time Roethlisberger had thrown more than twoTD pa ses in a game.His performance was very efficient given his volume: 30-of-45 pa sing, 299 yards, fourTDs, noINTs and a 115.0pa ser rating. Facing a good Titans run defense that was capable of containing Le'Veon Bell (12 carries, 46 yards), the Steelers didn't shy away from putting a game on Roethlisberger's right arm, and he responded.It doesn't hurt to have the NFL's best wide receiver, but even Antonio Brown was having an "off" season based on his sterling standard before he busted out Thursday for 10 catches, 114 yards and threeTDs doubling his scoring output for the season. Much of that early "slump" was tied to mi sed connections and inconsistent targeting from Roethlisberger.Sure, Roethlisbergerwas throwing against a bad Titans pa s defense, but similar matchups didn't produce close to the same results against Cleveland, Kansas City and, just last week, Indianapolis. In fact, Roethlisberger was so bad for much of the game against the Colts that he almost cost the Steelers a victory.WATCH: Brown uses helmet to secure TD catchThe pre sure was on during a Deshaun Watson Navy Legend Jersey short week and with Roethlisberger expre sing his disdain for Thursday night football to play much better in a critical matchup against a fellow playoff-caliber AFC team. It didn't matter that old defensive friend Dick LeBeau did his best to bring heat on Big Ben as Pittsburgh's attackbecame one-dimensional Roethlisberger was vintage Big Ben as he came through with the tough, grinding plays so Pittsburgh could pull away.Roethlisberger does look old and slow at times, but that has been the case for a while. The future Hall of Famer's biggest trait has always been having the guts to hang in and make a big pa s downfield; that's something he will never lose.PLAYOFF PICTURE: Steelers strengthen positionRoethlisberger's low pa ser rating going into the game (83.8) suggested he was having his worst season since 2008, but his yardage and TDs were on pace to be much higher than nine seasons ago. He also succumbed to a lot of pre sure that season, taking 46 sacks.Despite being dropped three times by the Titans, the pace for 2017 is just 22.At the end of'08, nobody really cared about Roethlisberger's numbers except two:his five fourth-quarter comebacks and his team's 15 wins including Super Bowl XLIII.MORE: Roethlisberger reaches career milestonesAt 8-2 in 2017, the Steelers are well Andre Johnson Jersey within reach of a 12-4 regular season, which would be their best record since '08. That's despite the Killer Bs' fantasy football stats not being pretty. The defense has bought Big Ben, Brown and Bell and welcome addition JuJu Smith-Schuster plenty of time to find their mojo.You knew at some point, though, thatthe baton had to pa s to the other side. The Steelers need Big Ben to get on a roll before the big, bad Patriots come to Heinz Field in Week 15. Facing a bad Packers pa s defense at home will be a welcome tuneup. The opportunity to bury the Bengals and Ravens their reeling rivals in the AFC North in consecutive weeks before New England will also be embraced.DeCOURCY: Pittsburgh looks weak worrying so much about PatsAs good as Pittsburgh's front seven has been, the Steelers know they need Roethlisberger, Brown and Bell meshing and at their best to have any chance at a deep run. It's not a coincidence the team's last three playoff runs have been cut short because of injuries to Women's JJ Watt Game Jersey Bell, Brown and Bell again.With Smith-Schuster emerging as a consistent threat, it was inevitable Brown would go off like this again. In turn, Martavis Bryant has become a luxury fourth big-play option. All of that played out against the Titans. The Steelers made them pick their poison, and they ended up swallowing the toughest pill.MORE: Three takeaways from Steelers' victoryNone of that works, however,unle s Roethlisberger is decisiveand in a groove about knowing when to go deep and when to take the short to intermediate stuff when it's open. After a few red-zone snags early against Tenne see, Roethlisberger regained command there, too.Roethlisberger has been in the results busine s since he made his first start for the Steelers. Going for substance over style points has made him unique among his contemporaries, a throwing throwback.Getting caught up in the numbers with Big Ben has been a bad way to measure him over the years, yet it took some gaudy stats to remind usall of Christian Covington Jersey the big impact he's still capable of having. Go figure.
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