A week ago, most pundits expected Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to reconvene his annual (roughly) 7-on-7 passing clinic against a Steelers defense that refuses to adjust its approach to Brady’s quick-strike approach. But it wasn’t Brady who led his team to victory with 50 passes thrown.
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger accomplished that feat, completing 36 of his half-a-hundred attempts, generating 365 yards and two touchdowns and forging a 25-17 victory and winning the AFC offensive player of the week award.
It’s the eighth time Roethsliberger has won the award in his career, and the second time in October 2011. Given that the Steelers went 4-1 for the month and thrust themselves back to the top of the conference, Roethlisberger could end up being the AFC offensive player of the month.