After the Steelers throttled the Colts 51-34 on Sunday evening in Pittsburgh, it became apparent that there is one big reason the Steelers still have a chance at something special this season; Big Ben. All he did Sunday was throw for record setting numbers with 522 yards, six touchdowns and an impressive 81.6% completion percentage (40 of 49 balls completed).
In doing so, Roethlisberger became only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to win at least 100 games in his first 150 starts, improving to a career mark of 100-50. The guy has never had one losing season since entering the league in 2004 and he’s poised to continue that streak in 2014 as he has his Steelers at 5-3. They are 5-3 largely due to the play of their franchise quarterback, who’s a fierce competitor and clearly can’t stand losing, to anyone, at anything.
To anyone saying he was in the beginning of his demise, he shot that down in 60 minutes of brilliance. His throws were perfect, his reads spot on and his ability to extend plays unmatched. Coming into the game; many people were talking about the rise of Andrew Luck and rightfully so but Big Ben showed why he’s still the class of the NFL and why he is a two time Super Bowl champion.
There are so many plays that this guy makes that nobody else can. He’s impossible to bring down with one man, he’s impossible to rattle and he’s impossible to break. He is truly a once in a lifetime player that the Steelers must reward massively this offseason.
Yes, the offense is stacked with talent like LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown but Big Ben helps make those guys who they are.
Everyone likes to say how great Peyton Manning makes his receivers; you don’t think Ben has something to do with the success of the receivers here? What has Mike Wallace done since leaving? What about Jerricho Cotchery? Yea, Emmanuel Sanders has had a great year but he went to play with Manning. Furthering my point, often times the QB makes the receiver.
Many will take Manning, Brady, Brees or Rodgers as the top QB in the league and it’s hard to argue with the numbers they put up. But if you want a guy who can put up elite numbers as well as fit the blue collar working style of the Steel City, then you have to take Big Ben all day long. You can have your Mannings, Brady’s, Bree’s or Rodgers because for this team and this city, Big Ben is the one and only and should never be questioned. All the guy does is win and that’s the number that matters most.
Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.