Ben Roethlisberger: We’re not chasing perfection, we’re chasing Lombardis

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said last week that the team would not take the Jaguars lightly despite the very different circumstances for the two teams and the result of Sunday’s game suggests the Steelers took Roethlisberger’s words to heart.

After allowing the Jaguars to drive for a field goal to open the game, the Steelers shut out their opponents while intercepting four passes and allowing 154 yards over the rest of the 27-3 win. They also posted more than 100 rushing yards for the first time since Week 6 to create a level of offensive balance that’s been missing of late.

The victory moved them up to 10-0 on the season, but Roethlisberger said there were “too many times we punted” and shared his feeling that the offense has to do better than it did on Sunday. Roethlisberger noted that those improvements are necessary for the team to reach its goal, which isn’t the perfect regular season record they’re closing in on.

“We’re not chasing perfection in terms of a perfect 16-0,” Roethlisberger said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We’re chasing Lombardis. That’s the most important thing for us.”

With the Chiefs a game behind them for the top seed in the AFC, staying unbeaten keeps the Steelers in position for the lone bye in the conference and earning it would be a boost to their chances of getting the Lombardi Trophy that Roethlisberger has his eyes on.

7 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: We’re not chasing perfection, we’re chasing Lombardis

  1. The mindset of the players and coaches has definitely been different than in the past couple seasons. The preparation and focus this season has been outstanding. They’re not world beaters but they win. That being said, they need to get better running the ball this time of year or it might lead to another early exit.

  2. While I still think they will lose 2 or 3 regular season games, the Steelers seem to be on a mission this year. The players and Tomlin have a focus that I have not seen in them since 2005 when they won their final 4 games just to make the #6 seed and then swept the playoffs thereafter with Cowher.

  3. No AB demanding the ball every single play.
    No Bell, getting into trouble and complaining about his contract all the time.

    Got to be some fresh air blowing through that locker room.

  4. Feasting on lesser opponents. The only quality win on the schedule was the Titans. Ravens aren’t what we thought they would be. If they can beat the Bills & Colts, maybe we can talk.

  5. With their cupcake schedule this year they look like last year’s Ravens, one and done in the playoffs.

  6. For being the only undefeated team left in the NFL, the Steelers are not getting the accolades I would expect. Most folks don’t think they will go undefeated for the entire season. I’m one of them. However, the pressure should start building on the Steelers each week, until they lose a game.

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