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ProFootballTalk: Steelers have a shot without Big Ben?

With news that Ben Roethlisberger is inactive for this week’s game against the Ravens, Mike Florio wonders if the Steelers can get by with backups until he is healthy again.

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10 Responses to “ProFootballTalk: Steelers have a shot without Big Ben?”
  1. jaypell says: Dec 1, 2012 11:09 AM

    Heck yes we can……and will….

  2. jacktheraven says: Dec 1, 2012 11:39 AM

    Of course steelers have a shot. This is the NFL.

  3. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 1, 2012 1:30 PM

    In 2010, the AFC Champion Steelers won without Roethlisberger. They did so with Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch to start the season 3-1, the team’s best start since then.
    The fact that the Steelers aren’t winning now without Roethlisberger is more of an indication of how bad the team has become rather than of Roethlisberger’s importance.
    These Steelers got off to a 2-3 start and have lost to the 3-8 Raiders and the 4-7 Titans WITH Roethlisberger.
    Injuries to SEVERAL key players and bad coaching have plagued the 2012 Steelers.

  4. steelersownyou says: Dec 1, 2012 4:25 PM

    No Ben no win. If it wasn’t for the defense given up late 4th qtr leads in both Titan and raider games Steelers would be. 8-3 instead of 6-5. Defense has showed a lack of getting turnovers for years and are last in the league every year. Offense has to start at their own 20 every drive. Steelers went 3-1 without Ben that’s true and in those 4 games they had 2 tds total. Steelers will lose badly Sunday and will not make playoffs unless Ben returns. We now see just how important Ben really is. This never was about the defense. It was always about Ben being healthy and on the field. And now all the world sees why he truly is a hall of fame Qb!!!

  5. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 1, 2012 5:25 PM

    I don’t care how you want to slice it or dice it, the Steelers still lost against the Raiders and Titans WITH Roethlisberger at QB.
    I realize how it works for you Roethlisberger apologists: Roethlisberger wins, the team loses. That’s your world, not mine.
    The Steelers are in decline, have been since last season. Too many penalties and penalty yards, lack of leadership via retirements and horrible coaching.

  6. sixlombardisinyourface says: Dec 1, 2012 10:59 PM

    The Raiders game was lost by Antonio Brown completely mishandling the ball and fumbling after he made the first down trying to get more yards. Had he not done that Pittsburgh would have run the clock and won. Ben’s offense in that game scored 31 points (4 TD’s), plenty to win – the defense could not stop a nose bleed in Oakland.

    With Ben in, Pittsburgh was first in the NFL in 3rd down conversions – look at Leftwich’s and Batch’s 3rd down conversions -they suck.

    Baltimore will embarrass us on Sunday, they have something to prove.

  7. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 2, 2012 7:47 AM

    The Steelers went 3-1 without Roethlisberger in 2010 with two touchdowns total in those four games? Really?
    Guess you missed that 38-13 win against Tampa Bay, huh? Mike Wallace hauled in two TD passes of over 40 yards, Mendenhall had a TD run, and Hines Ward had a TD reception.
    Do the math.
    Charlie Batch was the QB, and that point total was the team’s highest of that season.
    Schooled!!!
    Too easy!!!

  8. reed20fence says: Dec 2, 2012 9:10 AM

    I don’t think they win WITH Roethlisberger. It IS M&T bank they’re playing at folks.

  9. stoogy says: Dec 2, 2012 11:43 AM

    bobzilla right. Ben had the ball in 3 losses this year at the end of the game with a chance to win. Denver he threw a pick 6, raiders he couldn’t produce a 3rd and 9, titans he missed a wide open miller. He is a system QB and any average QB can win with the number 1 defense.

  10. mmmpierogi says: Dec 2, 2012 1:48 PM

    bobzilla1001 says: Dec 1, 2012 1:30 PM

    In 2010, the AFC Champion Steelers won without Roethlisberger. They did so with Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch to start the season 3-1, the team’s best start since then.

    The Steelers went 3-1 without Roethlisberger in 2010 with two touchdowns total in those four games? Really?
    Guess you missed that 38-13 win against Tampa Bay, huh? Mike Wallace hauled in two TD passes of over 40 yards, Mendenhall had a TD run, and Hines Ward had a TD reception.
    Do the math.
    Charlie Batch was the QB, and that point total was the team’s highest of that season.

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    … and did you watch/listen to the game against the Titans that year? Offensively, the Steelers were abysmal. The Titans almost doubled us in total yardage (127 versus 238). Dixon/Batch combined for 9-17 and 21 net passing yards after yards lost due to sacks. On 11 attempts, Batch threw for 25 yards. You realize those are not impressive numbers, right?

    A lot of other things didn’t go well that game (I recall us having to sub guys in and out a lot because of cramps and other injuries associated with heat, although that might also say something about poor conditioning). However, with that kind of production, the Steelers were super lucky to come out of that game with a win. I like Charlie Batch, but that 3-1 start two years ago doesn’t give me much confidence about a game today.

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