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Roethlisberger Getting It Done On 3rd Downs Thus Far In 2010


Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has only been back for 4 games, but he has made an impact in so many ways, especially on 3rd downs. Through the first 4 games of the season, Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch combined for 16 completions on 30 attempts on the 3rd downs for 174 yards. That included one touchdown and one interception and a YPA (yards per attempt) of 5.80. The QB rating for that stat line is 67.9. They also combined for just 8 1st downs converted out of those 30 attempts.

Roethlisberger on the other hand has been blistering it on 3rd downs in his 4 games back as he is 21 of 33 for 319 yards. He has 4 touchdowns with only 1 interception and a gaudy 9.67 YPA. His QB rating on that line is 123.2, a league best right now. Of course he only has about half the attempts that most of the starters around the league have through week 9 as the table below shows. Not showing in those number is the fact that Roethlisberger has converted 16 of those 33 3rd down throws into 1st downs. That is almost 50%.

If that is not enough, the first 4 games without Roethlisberger saw the Steelers convert only 10 of the 49 total opportunities they had for a 20% conversion rate. In the last 4 games since Big Ben has returned, the Steelers are 22 of 53 on all 3rd downs for a 42% conversion rate.

In the last table I have also included the career 3rd down passing numbers of Roethlisberger since coming into the league and if you are curious is carrer QB rating on 3rd downs including this season is 87.2. Not too shabby.

2010 NFL Quarterback 3rd Down Passing Stats Through Week 9

QUARTERBACK CMP ATT YDS YPA TD INT QBR
Ben Roethlisberger 21 33 319 9.67 4 1 123.2
Michael Vick 21 36 397 11.03 2 0 115.2
Ryan Fitzpatrick 46 67 532 7.94 5 1 111.0
Drew Brees 57 90 648 7.20 9 2 108.9
Matthew Stafford 17 28 212 7.57 2 0 108.0
Sam Bradford 55 92 608 6.61 6 0 101.2
Vince Young 25 44 309 7.02 4 1 99.5
Matt Ryan 54 87 670 7.70 7 3 98.3
Kevin Kolb 23 36 190 5.28 2 0 95.8
Tom Brady 39 71 498 7.01 6 2 93.5
Kerry Collins 18 26 169 6.50 3 2 93.3
David Garrard 32 47 347 7.38 3 2 93.1
Josh Freeman 45 69 521 7.55 1 0 92.7
Chad Henne 48 78 503 6.45 4 1 92.0
Tony Romo 34 50 451 9.02 3 3 91.3
Matt Schaub 33 59 358 6.07 3 0 90.9
Philip Rivers 50 89 726 8.16 5 3 87.6
Mark Sanchez 40 80 565 7.06 4 1 84.6
Peyton Manning 43 75 495 6.60 4 2 84.0
Matt Cassel 31 65 394 6.06 3 0 82.5
Aaron Rodgers 46 82 554 6.76 7 5 80.0
Kyle Orton 43 75 469 6.25 3 2 78.1
Jason Campbell 27 51 418 8.20 2 2 77.1
Matt Hasselbeck 44 69 373 5.41 1 1 76.5
Seneca Wallace 14 30 187 6.23 2 1 75.3
Bruce Gradkowski 14 32 198 6.19 2 1 72.1
Joe Flacco 44 80 556 6.95 2 3 69.6
Brett Favre 40 72 545 7.57 5 6 68.3
Derek Anderson 30 56 321 5.73 2 2 67.6
Matt Moore 31 47 327 6.96 1 3 66.5
Jay Cutler 25 48 278 5.79 3 3 64.4
Donovan McNabb 35 78 456 5.85 1 1 62.8
Carson Palmer 44 92 494 5.37 3 3 61.6
Eli Manning 42 83 571 6.88 7 8 60.9
Alex Smith 36 67 381 5.69 2 4 55.6
Max Hall 14 26 151 5.81 0 1 55.1
Jimmy Clausen 16 34 174 5.12 0 1 50.4

Ben Roethlisberger Career 3rd Down Passing Stats

YEAR CMP ATT YDS YPA TD INT QBR
2009 75 132 998 7.56 7 5 82.8
2008 81 140 981 7.01 5 6 73.5
2007 84 130 1177 9.05 13 6 107.8
2006 90 142 1124 7.92 6 9 75.6
2005 47 84 581 6.92 4 4 73.6
2004 67 105 894 8.51 7 3 101.1

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