Steelers vs. Packers: Winners and losers from sloppy Week 4 loss

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /
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Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Steelers loser: Ben Roethlisberger

Unfortunately for the Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger is becoming a regular on the losers list here. Despite making fewer mistakes than in recent games, Roethlisberger is still struggling to get this offense moving. He far too constantly settles for the check-down and when he does go deep, the results have been mostly bad. Simply put, he is holding back this offense.

On the day, he had 232 yards passing and a nice score to Diontae Johnson (who had a solid game in his own right), but what he missed on the field was tough to watch. He had JuJu Smith-Schuster twice for what would have been touchdowns, but bad passes caused the plays to end incomplete. Some of his off-the-mark passes have been hard to watch.

Ben leading the offense is just as hard to watch. He isn’t just settling for the check-down pass; he is actively looking for it and targeting it. No, his offensive line isn’t giving him as much time as previous seasons, but on some plays, Roethlisberger is content to throw it short instead of giving the play a chance to open up.

On early downs, this can be overcome. On third and fourth down though it ends drives. His play has been subpar this year, and he didn’t do anything to turn anything around this week against the Packers.

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It has been about as tough of a start for the Steelers as one could have imagined through four games. Despite a surprising win in week one, this team has regressed to repetitive play-calling and has little focus on making significant improvements on the field. Even with some individuals shining, this team is in bad shape through four weeks.