Ben Roethlisberger could set records in his 17th NFL season

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Despite the love, the suffering was dreadful

The Pittsburgh Steelers forced 38 turnovers, being the only team in the NFL that caused at least 30 turnovers, but not having a +10 turnover differential, and their supporting offense with at least 30 giveaways. As much as the love runs deep for QBs Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges, and in their defense OC Randy Fichtner wouldn’t be even near the top for most lists, their struggles greatly hindered this team.

It’s common for quarterbacks to not do well against teams above .500, but 1-7 against teams as such averaging 14.9 points on offense is disappointing. A collective 2848 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions between the two in 2019, the growing pains were extreme, but not entirely their fault—that is when the experience and natural talent of Roethlisberger become so important.

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He can overcome these barriers, and to possibly do it under historical rates for his age would be more than necessary. It will be rewarding in a way that would begin the talks if they can triumph the Chiefs or the Ravens of the conference. A high bar, no doubt, but not one Big Ben hasn’t familiarized himself within moments throughout his career. Year 17 provides an opportunity to create new heights for Roethlisberger.