Steelers Ultimate Stats Recipe For QB Ben Roethlisberger To Produce Wins

While researching the career sack numbers of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, I wanted to try to determine a perfect recipe for him winning games as it relates to sacks taken and yards per carry produced by everyone except for him and what I found was pretty astonishing.

While it might be hard to believe, the Steelers are 40-4 (91%) in games that Roethlisberger has started when he is sacked two times or less and the average yards per carry of all other players is 3.55 or greater. The four games the Steelers lost when meeting the above criteria all came during the 2009 season when the defense allowed fourth quarter comebacks in the losses to the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders.

With the above being the ultimate criteria for the Steelers to win when Roethlisberger starts, it should be notated that they are 54-9 (86%) when Roethlisberger is sacked three times or less and the average yards per carry of all other players is 3.55 or greater.

If you want to focus straight on the running game and leave sacks out of it, the Steelers are 55-15 (79%) when players other than Roethlisberger combine to rush for 4.0 yards per carry or more in a game.

Based on that same 4.0 yards per carry or greater number, when Roethlisberger was sacked two or less times in those games, the Steelers are 34-2 for his career.

In 2012, Roethlisberger started seven games that included him getting sacked two times or less, and they won the three games in which they averaged 3.55 yards per carry or more.

The obvious task ahead for offensive coordinator Todd Haley and new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. in 2013 is quite simple, but it is easier said than done. Hopefully, the newly rebuilt offensive line can limit the sacks while producing a more effective running game through the use of more outside zone. Should they accomplish that, Roethlisberger should deliver quite a few wins.

The stats belowe are sortable by clicking on the column headers.

Ben Roethlisberger Career Stats With Run Help

YEARWKTEAMW/LCMPATTPCTYDSYPATDINTSCKRATERYDSRUSHYPC
20043@MIAW-13-3122254.51637.411174.6151374.08
20044CINW-28-17172568.01747.0101101.1163364.53
20045CLEW-34-23162176.223111.0110107.4157374.24
20046@DALW-24-20212584.01937.7203125.5117274.33
20048NEW-34-20182475.01968.2200126.4218444.95
20049PHIW-27-3111861.118310.2212109.3242504.84
200410@CLEW-24-10101662.51348.401263.0142403.55
200411@CINW-19-14152171.41386.6107104.9135314.35
200412WASW-16-792045.01316.600466.9103323.22
200413@JACW-17-16141782.422113.0203158.080223.64
200414NYJW-17-691947.41447.602233.6122274.52
200415@NYGW-33-30182864.331611.312384.8161384.24
200416BALW-20-7141973.722111.6210125.1172404.30
20051TENW-34-791181.821819.8200158.3201385.29
20052@HOUW-27-7142166.725412.1201139.8135324.22
20053NEL-20-23122842.92167.720493.862203.10
20055@SDW-24-22172665.42258.7103105.489302.97
20057@CINW-27-1391464.3936.621193.2226435.26
20058BALW-20-19183060.01775.921285.097244.04
200512@INDL-7-26172665.41335.112358.765222.95
200513CINL-31-38294170.73869.433294.293273.44
200514CHIW-21-9132065.01738.7100109.0192444.36
200515@MINW-18-3101566.71499.900499.0135334.09
200516@CLEW-41-0132065.022611.3102120.0209355.97
200517DETW-35-2171643.81358.402134.1194414.73
20062@JACL-0-9173253.11414.402238.726132.00
20063CINL-20-28183946.22085.303330.7171374.62
20065@SDL-13-23203164.52207.102558.568183.78
20066KCW-45-7161984.223812.5201153.8219415.34
20067@ATLL-38-41162272.723810.8303147.357232.48
20068@OAKL-13-20253767.63018.114561.784273.11
20069DENL-20-31385470.44338.013477.287165.44
200610NOW-38-31172860.72649.4302127.7216249.00
200611@CLEW-24-20254456.82726.223261.957183.17
200612@BALL-0-27214151.22145.202946.222102.20
200613TBW-20-3122548.01987.921185.174292.55
200614CLEW-27-7112152.422510.7100106.2299496.10
200615@CARW-37-3101758.81257.4103101.3147383.87
200616BALL-7-31153148.41565.012547.230142.14
200617@CINW-23-17192867.928010.011197.3191424.55
20071@CLEW-34-7122352.21617.0401114.3204414.98
20072BUFW-26-3213461.82427.111180.8174325.44
20073SFW-37-16132065.01608.0102106.2187325.84
20074@ARIL-14-21173253.12447.622472.951222.32
20075SEAW-21-0182281.82069.4103120.8162404.05
20077@DENL-28-31243568.62908.3424108.099234.30
20078@CINW-24-13192673.12308.8211109.5151314.87
20079BALW-38-7131681.320913.1503158.390392.31
200710CLEW-31-28233467.62788.221499.9110303.67
200711@NYJL-16-19152560.01957.811781.2107313.45
200712MIAW-3-0182185.71657.901579.683282.96
200713CINW-24-10213265.61845.822075.588293.03
200714@NEL-13-34193259.41875.810386.3157285.61
200715JACL-22-29153246.91424.430590.9100166.25
200716@STLW-41-24162080.026113.0304158.3155354.43
20081HOUW-38-17131492.91379.8202147.0166374.49
20082@CLEW-10-6132065.01798.9102110.2117303.90
20083@PHIL-6-15132552.01315.201850.627151.80
20084BALW-23-20142458.31918.011380.466262.54
20085@JACW-26-21264163.43097.5313100.6127245.29
20087@CINW-38-10172860.72167.7200108.6126255.04
20088NYGL-14-21132944.81896.514538.592214.38
20089@WASW-23-651729.4502.901315.163282.25
200810INDL-20-24294170.72806.803259.060262.31
200811SDW-11-10314175.63087.500496.4124284.43
200812CINW-27-10173056.72438.110094.2108343.18
200813@NEW-33-10173351.51795.421175.2155315.00
200814DALW-20-13173351.52046.210580.953212.52
200815@BALW-13-9224055.02466.110381.970233.04
200816@TENL-14-31253964.13298.422586.459222.68
200817CLEW-31-091464.31107.901058.6176355.03
20091TENW-13-10334376.73638.412489.633221.50
20092@CHIL-14-17233565.72216.311280.899195.21
20093@CINL-20-23223171.02768.911195.699263.81
20094SDW-38-28263378.833310.1203128.9174325.44
20095@DETW-28-20233076.72779.2313123.985175.00
20096CLEW-27-14233565.741711.9213113.6129304.30
20097MINW-27-17142653.81756.710487.8105185.83
20099@DENW-28-10212972.42338.0313116.0176276.52
200910CINL-12-18204050.01744.301451.564164.00
200911@KCL-24-27324276.23989.5322109.0110303.67
200913OAKL-24-27182475.027811.6211123.3125245.21
200914@CLEL-6-13183256.32016.300875.165193.42
200915GBW-37-36294663.050310.9305121.958183.22
200916BALW-23-20173351.52597.811475.251202.55
200917@MIAW-30-24182766.72208.1303128.6185325.78
20106CLEW-28-10162759.32579.5310112.7116343.41
20107@MIAW-23-22192770.430211.2203132.057222.59
20108@NOL-10-20172860.71957.001366.8109205.45
20109@CINW-27-21172763.01636.011176.6108274.00
201010NEL-26-39304961.23877.931597.964154.27
201011OAKW-35-3182962.12759.5302127.8107303.57
201012@BUFW-19-16203360.62467.500583.6188444.27
201013@BALW-13-10223857.92536.711375.955232.39
201014CINW-23-7213363.62587.800487.7100244.17
201015NYJL-17-22234452.32646.010378.2121235.26
201016CARW-27-3223268.832010.0103111.5113264.35
201017@CLEW-41-9152268.228012.7200141.376262.92
20111@BALL-7-35224153.72806.813452.957153.80
20112SEAW-24-0223073.32989.9102115.7116303.87
20113@INDW-23-20253767.63649.811397.152232.26
20114@HOUL-10-17163053.32066.901561.2107205.35
20115TENW-38-17243470.62286.7511116.2174286.21
20116JACW-17-13122352.22008.710396.3176296.07
20117@ARIW-32-20263966.73619.3302121.893263.58
20118NEW-25-17365072.03657.321597.597214.62
20119BALL-20-23203754.13308.911182.057173.35
201110@CINW-24-17213363.62457.411583.5107273.96
201112@KCW-13-9213167.71936.211181.8100244.17
201113CINW-35-7152365.21767.7202117.3136334.12
201114CLEW-14-3162176.228013.3211129.6147285.25
201115@SFL-3-20254456.83307.503352.384184.67
201117@CLEW-13-9234057.52215.500273.0161364.47
20121@DENL-19-31224055.02456.121579.771242.96
20122NYJW-27-10243177.42758.9203125.166282.36
20123@OAKL-31-34364973.53847.8401123.246192.42
20125PHIW-16-14223857.92205.810083.2109274.04
20126@TENL-23-26244060.03639.111187.842212.00
20127@CINW-24-17273773.02787.511391.9168286.00
20128WASW-27-12243372.72226.7300121.0134255.36
20129@NYGW-24-20213070.02167.221498.8159315.13
201210KCW-16-1391850.0844.710181.781282.89
201214SDL-24-34224252.42856.831287.938123.17
201215@DALL-24-27244060.03398.521493.667154.47
201216CINL-10-13142850.02207.912458.692293.17
201217CLEW-24-10152365.21345.8302120.393263.58

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  • dgh57

    We have the ingredients to get the job done: a improved o-line. short passing game, improved running game should keep Big Ben upright which should in turn open up the medium and long passing game! Just need to blend it all together and stay healthy!

    GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TJimmy

    This is exactly why the Steelers have 2 first round and 2 second round draft picks on the oline along with a 2nd round running back (Bell) and they formerly drafted Mendenhall in the 1st round.

    Now, if the oline and backs can just stay healthy………………………

  • Shea Fahr

    Yes sir! The pieces are there and they just need to put them in the right place.

  • RW

    Nicely done.

  • walter mason

    Mendenhall? I guess you are just testing us to see if we are reading your post.

  • walter mason

    Clicking on the column headers is cool. How you do that?

  • Mike.H

    Since I had a rather short memory, I clicked on “2011 playoff’s” from Wikipedia and “Remembered” how we lost to Tebow-Denver 29-20… my blood pressure instantly shot up 55 pts! Grrrr!!!!

  • Mike.H

    Where and how does Mr. Bryan continually gets these elaborate statistic datas and the mindset to “process” them to educate us. My hats off to Dave… ! :) thanks.

  • TJimmy

    lol.. I see how it read now. I edited it to reflect what I meant

  • Ahmad

    Very interesting.

  • RMSteeler

    Well done. Isn’t this a Moneyball formula you’ve discovered? I wonder if anyone in the FO does breakdowns on stats like this.