Ben Roethlisberger had perhaps the ugliest game in his 14-year career as an NFL quarterback against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Week 5 matchup. He threw five interceptions in the game, including two pick-sixes. In post-game interviews, Roethlisberger was far from high spirits: remarking even “maybe I don’t have it anymore.”
Just two days later, the Steelers QB was in a very different mood, instead positing that he’s “still one of the best in the world” in a radio interview. He took responsibility for the 30 – 9 loss to the Jags, but his confidence (and hopefully that of the Steelers fans) seems to have returned. Perhaps the root is Mike Tomlin, who remained vocally supportive of both Roethlisberger and the Steelers game plan against the Jaguars after the game.
The Steelers will rely heavily on Roethlisberger in coming weeks if they are to have any chance at winning the AFC North. In Week 5’s game, he threw 33 completions out of 55 passes, racking up 312 yards. Big Ben certainly seems confident he still has it, even after 14 years in the NFL. Next week will tell whether the game against the Jags was merely a blip, or the beginning of the end of Big Ben.
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