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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger & Sacks Per Game Career Stats


It certainly isn\’t a revelation that a quarterback has more of a chance to be successful the better his pass protection is, but I wanted to run the career numbers for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in games that he was sacked less than three times in a game and the study evolved from there.

While it hasn\’t happened much over the course of his career, you might find it interesting to know that the Steelers are 14-0 all-time in the regular season games that Roethlisberger did not take a sack. Just so you know, this happened twice last year in the games against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins.

In games that Roethlisberger has been sacked one time or less, the Steelers are 31-5 all-time in the regular season and Roethlisberger boast a 64.4% completion ratio in those games to go along with an 8.45 yards per attempt number and a stellar 102.8 quarterback rating.

While suffering three sacks a game might not normally end well for most teams, Roethlisberger has still managed to win 76.7% of the time when that happens. He is 23-7 over the coarse of his career when sacked three times in a game. As a means of comparison, however, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is 27-5 during the regular season when sacked three times total in a game and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 9-3 lifetime when sacked an even three times in a game.

As you can imagine, when Roethlisberger has been sacked four or more times in a game, things normally don\’t go well, as the Steelers are 17-21 in those games and Roethlisberger sports a low 7.38 yards per attempt average in those games to go along with a quarterback rating of 81.

As we all know, Roethlisberger can still win despite being sacked more than twice a game, but with each one of those sacks comes the opportunity that he might get injured and as a result miss some time.

In 2013 the Steelers will use a much younger revamped line in an attempt to protect Roethlisberger better, but the ability to run the ball more successful will go a long way in ultimately keeping him off of his back. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley likes to use a much more compact passing game which should evolve more in 2013. At least we hope.

These numbers don\’t produce earth shattering revelations, but limiting Roethlisberger to being sacked two or less times in a game results in a win 80% of the time and that stat is certainly worth honoring.

Career Numbers Of Ben Roethlisberger Broken Down By Times Sacked In a Game

SACKS W/L COMP ATT COMP % YDS YPA TD INT QB RATE
4 Or More 17-21 770 1271 60.60% 9,376 7.38 45 43 81.0
3 Or More 40-28 1345 2158 62.30% 16,694 7.74 91 63 88.2
3 Even 23-7 575 887 64.80% 7,318 8.25 46 20 98.4
2 Or Less 47-12 1029 1604 64.20% 13,150 8.20 100 45 98.8
1 Or Less 31-5 604 938 64.40% 7,922 8.45 62 23 102.8
None 14-0 222 340 65.29% 2,996 8.81 23 6 108.4

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About Dave Bryan

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  • Steelers32

    Very cool stats, would love to see Brady / Rodgers / Brees / Manningx2 in a side by side comparison chart.
    Always said Ben has had to preform in a much more difficult environment than the players he is rated against.

  • cencalsteeler

    What an eye popping article! Dave, any chance you can forward this over to Bicknell Jr.? Great bulletin board material.

  • RMSteeler

    Wonder if the stats for Brady stand up to what Ryan Clark said of him “seeing ghosts” when sacked/pressured. 3 sack stats for Ben seem phenominal. Here’s hoping for the fewest sack year for Ben in 2013! Would like to see how many zero sack games that the elite level QB’s besides Ben have had.

  • Pete

    It would be interesting to know also the effect of pressures and hits on Ben’s performance. The guys on defense know you don’t have to necessarily sack the QB but enough hits will cause problems for him.

    Last season his sacks (and I presume hits) were down before he was injured since he was getting the ball out quickly and having a lot of success in spite of the receivers dropping the ball or fumbling at key moments. If Haley and the offense can click and the new O line can gel and avoid key injuries, then I expect Ben will have a very productive year.

  • steeltown

    Lost in the talk of last seasons blunders, especially when thinking back on Bens crazy injury, is the fact that Ben took far less sacks last season then in most of the previous yrs and clearly he was playing at a very high level up until that injury. There’s no reason to think that trend wont continue.. part of Haleys goal and philosophy is the quick passing game and that keeps the QB upright… just ask the Manning brothers and Drew Brees

  • dgh57

    Yes, and add to Haley’s short passing game a improved running game which should also help bring down the sack totals!!

  • Shea Fahr

    This is why we come to Steelers Depot. When you look at these numbers, it is pretty telling. Again, the numbers do not lie. Steeltown made a good point about last year as well and it were not for the freakish way Ben went down, perhaps he would not have been injured. Haley’s O scheme is designed to keep Ben standing all season…it seems from what I have seen and heard that Ben is realizing this now too. Great article Dave.

  • Shea Fahr

    Absolutely!

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