Last night’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals was hands down the biggest win of the season for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This victory puts Pittsburgh at 3-3 for the season and 1-0 in divisional play. With this victory, along with the Baltimore Ravens losing to the Houston Texans, the Steelers are now second in the AFC North, and are only 1.5 games behind the leading Ravens.
The reason for the Steelers current position right now can be credited to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. In Sunday night’s victory over the Bengals, Roethlisberger completed 27 of 37 pass attempts for 278 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
Big Ben definitely came through when it counted most. The Pro Bowl quarterback converted on 10 of 16 third downs, which helped Pittsburgh win the time of possession battle.
Through the first seven weeks of the season, Roethlisberger has completed 66.0 percent of his passes for 1,765 yards, and 11 touchdowns with a passer rating of 98.6. All of the aforementioned statistics are ranked in the top 10 of the NFL.
Through all of the injuries and the inconsistent play on defense and in the running game, Big Ben has been the glue that has held this team together here in the first half of the season. The nine-year veteran quarterback has been the only consistently productive player for Pittsburgh, and is continuing to prove that he is one of the elite quarterbacks in the league.
Even though Roethlisberger has accomplished a lot in his years in the NFL, I believe he is still undervalued. Big Ben has the second most appearances in a Super Bowl among active NFL starting quarterbacks, and is one of three quarterbacks in the league to have multiple Super Bowl victories.
As long as Big Ben is under center for the Steelers this season, I won’t dare count them out for making the postseason, and having a possible playoff run in the AFC. I think it is easy to say that Roethlisberger is Pittsburgh’s MVP.
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