The Pittsburgh Steelers Week Five loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars is surprising to say the least. The Steelers came into this game as a little over a touchdown favorite. However, when watching the play of Ben Roethlisberger, it would sound surprising to see the Steelers as a favorite over any team.
Ben Roethlisberger throws away game in 30-9 loss
Roethlisberger was poor in 2017 for the fifth consecutive week. This game may have been the low point. Roethlisberger threw a career high five interceptions, and that includes two that got taken back to the house to completely change the game. About midway through the third quarter, when Roethlisberger threw the first interception that was returned for a touchdown the score was 9-7. The two pick sixes ranged within three minutes of game time between each other and turned the game into a 20-9 deficit. Playing from behind saw two more interceptions fly out of Roethlisberger’s hand. Those led to the final ten points that made this a complete blow out.
There is some reason to cut Roethlisberger slack. One of his interceptions a player fell, and one was tipped. The Jaguars had the top pass defense and the worst run defense in the league. Still, Roethlisberger finished with 55 passing attempts, while Bell carried the ball just 15 times. For a team that held a lead for close to half of the game, this an inexcusable difference in play calling.
However, most of the blame still comes on Roethlisberger. He is making poor decisions. He is also sailing balls deep down the field. Roethlisberger talked about retirement this offseason, and it clearly looks like it is on his mind based on the first few weeks of his 2017 season.
The road does not get much easier for the team, either. Next week it is a trip to Kansas City to take on a currently undefeated Chiefs team.
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