Ben Roethlisberger First Player Ever To Throw 500 Yards Three Times

Who’s laughing now? Who’s laughing at the Pittsburgh Steelers and their quarterback these days? A couple of months ago, it seemed to some, both on the outside and in the inside, in Steelers Nation, that the organization was teetering on a precipice, after Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions and, through frustration during a post-game interview, insincerely speculated, “maybe I don’t have it anymore”.

But he does, and he’s proven it, letting just about every opponent since then ‘have it’. The Steelers have not lost a game since then, eight games ago, and more often than not, Roethlisberger played an integral role in ensuring that that was the case.

Last night was no different. He simply threw more passes in a single game than he ever has before—66 of them—for 506 yards, all of it necessary in securing the victory, in doing so becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 500 passes in three different games.

That is not the only thing that separates him from many of the other quarterbacks in the 500-yard club, however, which has seen its ranks bolstered in recent years. Roethlisberger’s third was the 21st game of all time, but his first was just the eighth in NFL history. And all three of his have come in regulation.

And in wins. Of the other 18 500-yard games, the quarterback doing all the chucking has only gone 11-7, yielding a winning percentage of .611. Roethlisberger has won all three of his games, and in two of those wins, the yardage was very much necessary, leading game-winning drives.

In all, Roethlisberger has thrown for 1531 yards with 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions or fumbles in his three 500-yard performances. He has completed 113 of 161 pass attempts for a completion percentage of 70.2, averaging 9.5 yards per pass attempt. In other words, he has been excellent, and that is not always the case in such games, a number of which include overtime.

He threw two touchdowns last night against one of the best passing defenses in the league, and those touchdowns went to running back Le’Veon Bell and fullback Roosevelt Nix. Neither of them went to a wide receiver, but 11 on his completions went to Antonio Brown, who made good on those touches for 213 yards.

For the moment, anyway, he now actually leads the league in passing yardage with 3744 yards on the season, and his numbers have been slowly but surely ticking upward ever since that disastrous encounter with the Jaguars’ defense.

This is all good news heading into next week’s showdown with the Patriots as the defense trends in the opposite direction. Tom Brady can put up 38 points on a bad day, but if Roethlisberger can put up 39, then that’s really all that matters at the end of the day.

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  • michael young

    Ben doesn’t get a whole lot of credit for his “mental game,” but he was masterful at the line last night with the hard snap counts, reading the D and making adjustments on the fly. That’s the part of his game that has grown the most these past few years. Great performance by him.

  • CP72

    Ben’s a gunslinger, that’s not going to change, but his willingness to take the check downs has made all the difference in this offense.

  • Jaybird

    Ben had 44 completions – second most All Time ( I believe Bledsoe had 45).
    Let me repeat- 44 completions.

  • Boltz_mann

    indeed. remember the check to the QB sneak for a 1st down?

  • CP72

    And Jesse James had 10 of them….let me repeat 10 of them.

    Jesse James Raven slayer!!

  • FATCAT716

    I love when we win

  • falconsaftey43

    incredible

  • Jaybird

    Lol. The TEs had a huge night. We have to get Vance healthy though. He’s my X factor for the rest of the year. But Kudos to JJ , great game.

  • Sven_Hunkstrom

    Good stuff. Worth noting that the only other guy with even two 500 yard games is Drew Brees.

  • DangZone

    In the Ravens Defense article last week I stated Ben was going to have a bad game, I was wrong. BOY AM I GLAD I WAS WRONG!!!!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!

  • Gloria Burke

    Who would have thunk it?

  • ThatGuy

    So as it stands right now we have the leading passer, leading receiver and leading rusher in the league.

  • pittfan

    Somewhere out there, RickM is lurking, smiling.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    ben could have had closer to 600 if he didnt throw incompletions into double coverage for ab and bryant when he had open people underneath. but ben had only minimal mistakes yesterday so it is a win for him.

  • Steeler Nation!

    Yeah so much for the tired old sayings of “we go as Bell goes”, “we are better the less Ben throws”, “we never win when he throws it 40 times per game”. Over 40 attempts 4 weeks in a row, 4-0, 12 TDS to 3 INTs, and over 1400 yards passing in that stretch. He’s carrying us as our D has hit hard times.

  • NinjaMountie

    LMAO….wow, bro. He could have been better if he had completed 100 percent of his passes as well. C’mon, lets give him some more credit than “…ben had only minimal mistakes.” He was freaking brilliant.
    You do make me genuinely laugh sometimes. I honestly think you could win a new car and find fault due to it not being the color you like. Don’t change, though. At least your honest.

  • Conserv_58

    Not to be nit picky, Matthew, but…”in doing so becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 500 passes in three different games.” We know you meant, “passing yards”. Just busting your chops.

  • Conserv_58

    DAYUM! Little harsh aren’t ya? 🙂

  • Conserv_58

    When there is two minutes left in a game and they need a drive to win it, Ben is money and you can take that to the bank.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Don’t forget his willingness to run for yardage also! He’s been phenomenal at that the last few weeks!

  • Cormel Bovan Sr.

    I get what your saying, when we were up14 Ben started trying to go for the knockout instead of hitting the check downs to Bell or the tightends or even the short routes to AB. I think that’s the reason we start slow, when we come back it’s Ben checking down drawing you in with Bell and others then hitting you over the top with AB be when the defense is drawn in. If Ben is patient and let the playmakers underneath do their thing we’re unstoppable. If he’s plays like that against New England we can beat them anywhere.

  • Cormel Bovan Sr.

    Not true Bell catching those short throws and turning them into big gains and drawing the safties close is what allows the big down field plays.

  • Steeler Nation!

    Bell is a piece of the puzzle, and a big piece. Never said he wasn’t. But Ben is the one that carries this team.

  • 2winz

    he threw for 500 passes in3 different games? a lot of throwing, im surprised he hasnt thrown out his arm! :0

  • Darth Blount 47

    Many thought my ol’ gunslinger was shooting with blanks this season. Turns out, he was just upgrading the ol’ arsenal to big, black, beautiful… cannonballs.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I wouldn’t be happy with a purple colored car.

    😉

  • Darth Blount 47

    He and I didn’t always agree on everything.. But in our mutual defense of Roethlisberger, the ground was exceedingly firm and steady.

  • Darth Blount 47

    OUTLAW!

  • Darth Blount 47

    It brings a tear to my eye to see Bell getting all of those targets.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’ve been sticking up for that part of Ben even back when he was struggling the first month. I always felt like he was just kinda setting everyone else down the stretch up. Sneaky Big Ben.

  • mezzetin1

    Get out.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i am who i am. i am honest whether people like it or not.

  • Petherson Silveira

    Ben played a great game! Ravens knew that he will pass and yet, he completed over and over against them. That was a punch in the face of one of the best pass defenses in the league, the number one in interceptions.

  • Dan

    His mental game is the most underrated aspect of his game by far. I’ve seen people as recently as a month ago proclaim that he never uses the middle of the field because he can’t read defenses, but his passer rating in the middle of the field is 107.5, with 69.7% of his passes completed, five TD passes, and two INTs.

  • Dan

    Tom Brady has pulled back in front of Roethlisberger in passing yards, but not by much after his uncharacteristically bad game against the Dolphins.

  • Dan

    On a related note, you know how everybody complains about the red-zone efficiency? Well, the Steelers ran more than passed in the red zone through the first 10 games of the season. Ever since they started throwing more in the red zone, they’ve scored more TDs.