Ben Roethlisberger on his play: Wins are all that matter

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is on track for his lowest passer rating, touchdown percentage and completion percentage since 2008, but he said on Tuesday that he’s not paying attention to anything other than the final score of games.

Roethlisberger was specifically talking about last Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Colts, which saw him struggle through the first half before rallying to lead the Steelers back from 17-3 down in the final two quarters, but the message he sent could apply to every week of the season.

“I couldn’t tell you what I did,” Roethlisberger said, via Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I know I threw an interception. I know I threw for two touchdowns. That’s it. But I know we won the game. Honestly, isn’t that all that matters? Whether it’s pretty or ugly, don’t championship teams find a way to win the game no matter what? We’ve talked in the past that we haven’t found a way to win those games against teams that, on paper, we’re supposed to beat. Well, we won this one.”

Four straight wins and a 7-2 record that has the Steelers comfortably ahead in the AFC North makes it a lot easier to focus on the destination rather than the journey. Should they keep it going against the Titans on Thursday, they’ll have an extended break to continue sending those messages before they have to try to run the streak to six.

44 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger on his play: Wins are all that matter

  1. The Steelers are 7-2 and playing just about as well as any team in the NFL. At this point in Ben’s career, Super Bowls are all that matter. I’m sure he’s feeling pretty good about his team’s chances.

  2. bradygirl12 says:

    November 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Yeah, you won this game against the COLTS, barely, and stunk up the joint while doing so. What happens when you meet up with a good team?

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    I don’t know, beat them like they did the Chiefs?
    By the way, didn’t the Pats play the Chiefs this year? How did that turn out?

  3. While he is correct, what foes that say about his current mental state? Would you want your “leader” to talk like this?

  4. .
    The Steelers have been most fortunate this season. They’ve avoided major injuries to themselves. Plus, they’ve ‘ve benefitted from other team’s injuries, especially at QB. Rogers, Luck, Bradford and Deshaun Watson have already missed or will miss vs Pittsburgh.

    In addition, the remainder of their schedule is a cakewalk:

    Tenn
    GB
    @Cin
    Balt
    NE
    @Hou
    Cle

    It’s hard to find many losses there.
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  5. jman967 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 8:37 am
    bradygirl12 says:

    November 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Yeah, you won this game against the COLTS, barely, and stunk up the joint while doing so. What happens when you meet up with a good team?

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    I don’t know, beat them like they did the Chiefs?
    By the way, didn’t the Pats play the Chiefs this year? How did that turn out?

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    Listen, we all know it’s how you play in November and December, gearing up for the playoffs, is what matters. Teams should be getting better as the season progresses, no regressing against far inferior teams like the Colts. Pitt is lucky they have that cream puff upcoming schedule.

    Never mind that, what is up with BR’s mind? Where is his head at?

  6. jman967 says:

    November 15, 2017 at 8:37 am

    bradygirl12 says:

    November 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Yeah, you won this game against the COLTS, barely, and stunk up the joint while doing so. What happens when you meet up with a good team?

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    I don’t know, beat them like they did the Chiefs?
    By the way, didn’t the Pats play the Chiefs this year? How did that turn out?

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    That was their first game. Obviously, the Patriots have figured some things out since then. By game 10,I think the Steelers should be winning solidly with that line-up. The Pats are the best team in the AFC, so I’m pretty happy with that. They don’t make excuses or air any dirty laundry, either.

  7. He should have lost Sunday. The play of the game was the 33 yard reception to set up the game winning kick. His center Pouncey was downfield past the line of scrimmage. The only legal pass would have been to someone behind the line of scrimmage. The play should have been flagged. The refs either didn’t catch it or let it go. You can give me a thumbs down but you can’t explain why I’m wrong.

  8. This team remains far too undisciplined to win in the playoffs especially against the Patriots who rarely beat themselves.

    They make too many critical mistakes, take too many penalties, and miss too many tackles, and miss too many assignments at crucial points in the game.

    I don’t like the TMZ feel around this team either. Tomlin better tighten up this ship before it sinks. (AGAIN)

  9. First half was disgusting against colts. Forcing a deep ball to Martavis (who didnt track it) because he cried only to be intercepted was part Martavis fault.

    They kept trying to force the run game and it was NOT working. If not for Ben the Steelers lose that game, he put the team on his back in the second half and tore up the colts for the win. Say what you want but Ben was a beast that game.

  10. Wins are what matters but Steelers fans will be hoping for home field advantage and the AFC Championship game to be played at Heinz field because we already know how things played out last year when the Steelers had to play the Patriots at Gillette Stadium!!!

  11. The Steelers offense is going to feast on the Titans defense. Leveon Bell and Antonio Brown should both have huge days.

  12. Weird but the Tomlin Steelers winning a game while playing bad against a terrible team is a good sign. The Steelers always seem to lose at least 2 games like this year.

    Tomlin team seems to play to tge level of what they think theor opponent is and will look like both the best and worst team in the league at different points of the season.

  13. Let’s see how they do with the rest of their schedule. They should blow MOST of those teams out. They certainly didn’t draw the short straw with this season’s slate.

  14. As long as Trippin’ Tomlin is the coach, Pittsburgh will never beat NE. The players have little to no respect for Trip. AB clowned him in the locker room with the video. Bell tossed Trip under the bus by telling every media outlet that Tomlin knew how serious his injury was when he could only manage 6 snaps in the AFCCG last year. MB was suspended and when he finally came back, he immediately trashed the team. It’s so bad that Ben almost retired last year and probably will after they lose to NE again this year.

  15. A win is a win is a win as long as the Steelers defense holds the opposition to under 20 points. If the Steeler defense gives up 20 points it is a slam dunk, surefire, done deal loss for the Steelers. That is just how good Big Ben is.

    Against the Patriots the Steelers will get blown out by halftime with Big Ben hanging a sweet, sweet, 3 points (against that terrible Patriots defense no less) in the first 59 minutes before scoring a garbage time, garbage touchdown against a soft prevent defense with a few seconds left on the clock. I’ve seen this movie before.

  16. objectivefootballfan says:
    November 15, 2017 at 9:20 am
    Wins are what matters but Steelers fans will be hoping for home field advantage and the AFC Championship game to be played at Heinz field because we already know how things played out last year when the Steelers had to play the Patriots at Gillette Stadium!!!

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    OR the last two times the AFCCG was at Heinz Field.

    Doesn’t matter where they play.

  17. It must be real nice to play in a division with the hapless Browns and Bengals every year. Even the Ravens are bad this year.
    For the Patriots it’s the same thing. It’s a lot easier to get into the postseason when you’re essentially spotted 6 guaranteed W’s at the beginning of the year. It reminds me a lot of the 49ers in the 90’s. Good team, but it made things a LOT easier when you knew you had the Rams, Saints, Falcons, and eventually the Panthers, to play twice a year.

    Dear Bills, Jets, Dolphins, Browns, Bengals, and Ravens: Do Better.

  18. Easiest schedule in football, will get blown away in playoffs!

    Easily the dumbest comment yet. You play the schedule the NFL gives you. Last year the Pat’s had one of the easiest and were you on the front lines complaining? So just stop with that obtuse line of reasoning.

  19. When his is on his game, he is hot, when he isn’t, he’s horrible. I always wonder which version we will see. However, they are 7-2, a really good team and as he said, it’s winning that counts. I expect to see them in the AFCC game again this year.

  20. 65impala says:
    November 15, 2017 at 9:02 am
    Easiest schedule in football, will get blown away in playoffs!

    15 6 Rate This

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    They also almost lost to an awful Indy team last week. Their D is mediocre (still) and their offense is too one dimensional. PLus, Ben is old.

  21. bradygirl12 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 8:09 am
    Yeah, you won this game against the COLTS, barely, and stunk up the joint while doing so. What happens when you meet up with a good team?

    33 36 Rate This

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    Pats looming soon…….We await their eventual destiny.

  22. The easiness of NE’s schedule is skewered because NE wins so much. That’s 12-14 losses for NE’s opponents. Meanwhile, a team like Cleveland, who barely wins, seems to have a harder schedule because that’s an additional 14-15 wins for Cleveland’s opponents. Those who don’t understand football, math, or simply want to stir the pot of ignorance are usually fooled by the strength of schedule nonsense. They probably don’t even realize that the most opponents are determined years in advance.

  23. Rdog says:
    November 15, 2017 at 9:38 am
    The Steelers offense is going to feast on the Titans defense. Leveon Bell and Antonio Brown should both have huge days.
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    Sadly, that’s the problem. They should have been feasting on several teams, but horrendous play calling, lackadaisical play, and locker room turmoil is helping to derail what should have been a great season. Haley, for one, needs to go…maybe it will send a message to EVERYONE that their jobs are on the line. The main difference between the Steelers and the Patriots at this point is not talent….It’s coaching…Belichick demands the best from his players/coaches, and he takes castoffs and molds them to his system. Could you imagine what he would be doing with Brown, Bell and JuJu? I can guarantee you it wouldn’t be losing on a regular basis to sub .500 teams.

  24. I am a Pats fan and Roethlisberger is right, it’s not how but how many they add up to at the end of the year. Belichick said it best, “Stats are for losers. The only numbers that matter are the big ones on the scoreboard at the end of the game.” As a fan tight games are far more entertaining than blowouts. As a player or coach an easy blowout win is better because the 1st stringers aren’t at risk as much in the 2nd half when they are coasting. But they both count the same in the standings.

  25. aarons444 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 10:41 am
    Pats fans.

    Established 2001
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    And yet every single Patriots home game has been sold out since 1994.

    Must be Packers fans packing the Patriots home games for their chance to see the outstanding QB play of, first, Drew Bledsoe and then, of course, the Greatest NFL QB of All-Time, Tom Brady.

  26. aarons444 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 10:41 am
    Pats fans.

    Established 2001

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    While this will be true of any team that starts winning consistently, the Pats have had a pretty solid base for a team that took 20 years to do anything.

    There are plenty of us that suffered through the terrble teams and cold bleachers of Shaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium.

  27. bradygirl12 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 8:09 am
    Yeah, you won this game against the COLTS, barely, and stunk up the joint while doing so. What happens when you meet up with a good team?
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    If you have watched football more that one season, your take away should be that these guys are professionals and different matchups offer different challenges for teams, week to week. Just because they barely beat the Colts, doesn’t mean they can’t beat the Pats. Any team can beat another in this league. See Pitt beating KC, who beat NE, and so on and so on.

  28. The Steelers are 7-2 & only 3 of those games were at Heinz Field. By Seasons end they will have played all other AFC div champs & know how they stack up. 5 of the last 7 are at Heinz & the Steelers earned their record as the best in the AFC right now. #facts

    The 1st half was not all Bens fault. WRs short arming & not tracking the deep ball is not the QBs fault..

  29. i was at the bears game in chicago – ben just doesn’t look right this year. at the time i chalked it up to 3rd game of the season, etc. but he still looks the same, uncomfortable, errant throws, etc. granted he won the game for them sun. but how long before he starts connecting on deep balls and looking confident back there?

  30. I think it’s great that a majority of these posts think that it’s just Ben that is going to win games. Oh no it’s a young, fast defense along with the best RB and WR and a really good wr#2. Bens experience and 1stround bye would really helpthe chances.

  31. Here is something to consider for all the close-minded haters: The only team with a better record in the NFL is the Eagles. Lets compare:

    Common opponents:
    – Eagles lost to Chiefs,
    – Steelers beat the Chiefs

    Losses:
    – Eagles lost to Chiefs, Chiefs record 6-3

    – Steelers lost to Bears, Bears record 3-6
    – Steelers lost to Jaguars, Jaguars record 6-3

    Close games (<7pts)
    – Eagles beat the Giants by 3 pts. Giants record is 1-8.
    – Eagles beat the Chargers by 2 pts. Chargers record is 3-6.

    – Steelers beat the Browns by 3. Browns record 0-9.
    – Steelers beat the Lions by 5. Lions record 5-4.

    Is this what scientists call statistically insignificant?

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