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Statistics Not Enough, Never Enough, For Ben Roethlisberger


By Matthew Marczi

For the fourth straight game, Ben Roethlisberger has thrown at least two touchdowns without an interception. In the process, he broke a trio of team records: total touchdown passes (212; now 215), consecutive passes thrown without an interception in a single season (159; now 189), and consecutive passes thrown without an interception overall (173; now 189).

The first two records were held by Terry Bradshaw and Kordell Stewart, respectively; the third was actually set by Roethlisberger between the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Overall, he has completed 102 of 162 passes for a completion percentage of 63 in this four-game stretch. He has thrown for 1190 yards, 11 touchdowns, and zero interceptions in that span. That equates to a quarterback rating of 107.7 in that stretch.

In the Steelers’ Sunday loss, Roethlisberger completed 23 or 39 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 114.2. But it doesn’t mean anything in a losing effort.

Statistics mean nothing when they don’t result in victories.

Too many personal milestones have been marred by losing efforts lately for Roethlisberger. When will he be able to relish a milestone again?

He will be the first one to tell you that statistics are meaningless, especially if you ask him after a loss. I’m sure somebody asked him about his 213th touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders, and I’m sure that’s what he said about it.

Statistics are simply not enough. Roethlisberger is putting up some of the best numbers of his career. He will in all likelihood surpass his career highs in pass attempts and completions next week. He is already at 320 completions on 500 attempts, and his career-highs of 337 and 506 are right around the corner.

He currently has 3724 passing yards, which puts him on pace for 4583 yards. His career high is 4328. Even his career-high 32 touchdown passes could fall if he maintains his current pace over the last four games. He current has 24 touchdowns, and he has been averaging nearly three touchdowns a game over that stretch.

But it won’t mean anything for this 5-8 team, other than maybe a Pro Bowl vote and padded stats for an eventual Hall of Fame induction.

It’s not enough for the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers. This latest incarnation of the team has found too many ways to lose in order for those numbers to make a difference.

Of course, Roethlisberger’s 10 interceptions and six lost fumbles have also been key factors in losses, but one thing this season has made clear—as if 2009 didn’t already accomplish that—is that statistics are simply not enough—never enough—for Roethlisberger, or for this team.

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About Matthew Marczi

Passionate Steelers fan with a bit of writing ability. Connoisseur of loud music. Follow me on Twitter @mmarczi.
  • Elijah Stevenson

    Who cares at this point, overall Bradshaw is the better QB than Ben anyway especially since he’s 4-0 and Ben is 2-1 for SB rings.

  • Reader783

    Because Superbowl record is the end all, be all. How many rings did Marino rack up in the big game? That’s a ridiculous comment made by an angry fan who misplaced his anger for the team not making the playoffs on the best QB we’ve had for a long, long time.

  • Chad H

    Bradshaw is one of the reasons I am a Steelers fan from ND and growing up in a Packers home. To say Bradshaw is better than Ben is a huge mistake and comes from someone who has no clue about the game of football.

  • Joe Longo

    I love Terry! He also had Swann and stalworth, 2 HOFers. terry played with 8 other HOFers and had a excellent O-line. To me, BB is the superior QB and I did see both of them play in their prime..

  • Dorkewicz

    Not to mention having that Steel Curtain defense to help a guy out!

  • Douglas Andrews

    The Steel Curtain defense had a lot to do with that 4-0 record in SB’s great point

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Stats schmatts. Only stat that matters is how did the entire offense perform on drives started in the fourth quarter ofa one possession game. Typically row this berger form….0-4. No points.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Ha. R o e t h l I s b e r g e r, not row this berger:) silly phone.

  • Matt Manzo

    Way off topic! But why doesn’t “my discus” show when people replied anymore?

  • Elijah Stevenson

    If Ben would stop being inconsistent wouldn’t b having this conversation now would we ? I dummy think so bro

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Bradshaw is better than Ben look at what he’s done.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    SORRY I meant didn’t think so

  • Chad H

    You look it up. Bens career stats are better end of story. If you only want to look at SBs then fine. Last time I checked Peyton Manning has 1 and Eli Manning has 2. Who is the better QB? Not sure how you form your opinion but you are clearly wrong on this one.

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