Setting Steelers back on course makes Roethlisberger AFC offensive player of the month

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The Steelers kicked off November with a blowout loss to the Patriots that dropped them to 2-6 on the season that was followed by reports that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wanted out of Pittsburgh after the 2013 season

Roethlisberger offered up several strong denials of that desire and then spent the rest of the month tearing up opposing defenses. The Steelers won three straight games as a result, lifting them into the thick of the race for a Wild Card spot and netting Roethlisberger the honor of being the AFC offensive player of the month.

Roethlisberger completed 97-of-157 passes for 1,188 yards in those four games while throwing 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. And while the league has already gone ahead with the monthly honors, Roethlisberger actually has another game left in November.

Previous matchups with Joe Flacco and the Ravens have gone well for Roethlisberger, although it bears mentioning that Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton celebrated his October award in the same category with an absolute stinker of a performance against the Dolphins on a Thursday night.