4 takeaways from Steelers disheartening loss vs Chargers
By Tommy Jaggi
Ben Roethlisberger played his best game of the season
Not all takeaways from Pittsburgh’s heartbreaking loss are bad. While the defense put up one of the worst performances we have seen since 2013, the offense looked more encouraging than it has since early in the 2020 season.
While the Chargers don’t exactly have a cream of the crop defense, Ben Roethlisberger was able to exploit them for his best game of the season. There were certainly a few risky throws on the night, but Roethlisberger was able to 28 of 44 passes for 273 yards and 3 touchdowns without turning the ball over. Though his 6.2 yards per attempt were modest, his 103.7 passer rating would suggest that he had a pretty good game.
More importantly, Ben’s strong performance was resulting in points on the board. On a typical week, if the team isn’t missing a third of their defense, 37 points would have been good enough to defeat any team in the league.
The offensive line is still worrisome for Pittsburgh, but it’s encouraging to see Ben Roethlisberger play so well — especially coming off the Reserve/COVID list and only logging one practice with his team over the past two weeks. Let’s hope his play is a sign of things to come.