Ben Roethlisberger has come under fire for his performance in the last couple of games. As a result, some people may question if he has anything left to offer the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The NFL betting odds currently have the Steelers as a 6.5 point underdog against the Green Bay Packers next week. The Steelers’ Super Bowl odds are currently +6600.
So, where does Pittsburgh go from here? Here is what to expect from Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in Week 4.
Ben Roethlisberger’s Age Is Showing
Big Ben is 39 years old, and last week, his age started to show.
Granted, he has been dealing with a left pectoral injury since the end of Week 2, but the confidence in him being able to throw the football down the field consistently is all but gone.
Why is this? He had 318 passing yards and a touchdown pass, but if you look at who he was targeting the most in last week’s loss to the Bengals, it was running back Najee Harris. Harris was targeted 19 times and caught 14 of those passes.
On top of this, Roethlisberger’s interception rate keeps increasing every week. He had zero in the first game, one in Week 2, and two interceptions last week.
With his performance on the field and previous injuries, it’s fair to question whether Big Ben can overcome all of this from a physical standpoint.
Ben Roethlisberger Needs Help
As easy as it would be to put all of the Steelers’ offensive struggles on Big Ben, he is not the only issue right now. They haven’t had much of a running game through the first three weeks, and the offensive line has not been consistent.
The Steelers are currently tied for 21st in the NFL for sacks allowed, averaging 2.7 per game. Only six teams have given up more sacks than them.
On top of this, Najee Harris has struggled in his rookie campaign. He is averaging just 41 rushing yards per game and still does not have a rushing touchdown.
What is even worse about the Steelers’ running game is that there is still no clear second option behind Harris that can help him out.
The offense does have a slight glimmer of hope, though, as Chase Claypool is starting to warm up. Last week, he had nine catches for 96 yards.
What Does This Mean for Week 4?
The Steelers have struggled to put points on the board. Now, their defense has problems thanks to T.J. Watt’s groin injury.
They go to Lambeau Field to face the Packers now. Aaron Rodgers and company have put up 65 points in their last two games.
The Steelers are currently averaging less than 17 points per game. So unless something dramatically changes, Pittsburgh could be in for a rough game.
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