Ben Roethlisberger: Loss to the Bengals is like bubble gum, chewed up and spit out

NFL: NOV 28 Steelers at Bengals
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The Steelers suffered one of their worst losses of the Mike Tomlin era on Sunday, falling to the Bengals 41-10.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was at the center of the poor performance, finishing 24-for-41 with 263 yards, one touchdown, and a pair of interceptions. He had a season-low 65.4 passer rating in the contest.

In his regular Wednesday press conference, Roethlisberger had no interest in reflecting on that loss.

“You know what, someone once said games like this are like bubblegum,” Roethlisberger said, via Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You chew ’em for a little bit and you spit ’em out. That’s kinda what I’m doing, so I’m moving on. I have no comments about last week because it’s bubblegum that’s been spit out.”

The Steelers started 1-3 but ripped off four victories in a row to get to 5-3. But in tying the Lions and losing to the Chargers and Bengals, Pittsburgh has not looked like a team that can truly contend for a championship.

Still, if the Steelers get back on track, they have a chance to make the playoffs. Pittsburgh still has two games against Baltimore — with one this week — and matchups with Minnesota, Tennessee, Kansas City, and Cleveland for its final six.

6 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger: Loss to the Bengals is like bubble gum, chewed up and spit out

  1. The Fat Lady is warming up her voice. I know the Rooneys value stability above all else but in hindsight they should have moved on from Tomlin after the playoff loss to the Jaguars. That was IMO their last chance at another ring. With that said, they will more than likely keep Tomlin as they slowly move on from Ben, which should have also happened a couple of years ago. The NFL is a tough business, sometimes teams cut the line too early and sometimes too late.

  2. “He had a season-low 65.4 passer rating in the contest.” And a QBR of 28.3 …. which is still better than his 22.6 QBR (passer rating of 22.6 with 123 yards and 2 interceptions) in his 1st Super Bowl. Big Ben isn’t any worse than he ever was. It is just that the Steeler defense can no longer carry him on its back and hand him a steady diet of 13-9 wins while everybody raves about how “clutch” he is.

  3. The entire division has passed the Steelers up. The Bungles have figured them out and the Steelers will have an impossible time beating them as long as Tomlin is there. Tomlin’s shelf life has an expired but it seems those closest to the team fear any type of legitimate criticism of the coach or the situation. This team has been in decline for a decade and the people that should see this haven’t. If they stay on the current course it’s going to be a long time before the Steelers are SB contenders again. But hey, you can hang your hat on mediocrity and non losing seasons.

  4. That’s the approach you have too take. A month ago the critics were writing off the Steelers and they won 4 straight. Who knows maybe they will see the bengals again.

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