(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer The Pittsburgh Steelers made a commitment to protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the offseason, drafting a pair of offensive linemen and hiring offensive coordinator Todd Haley to design a scheme that keeps Roethlisberger upright.
Roethlisberger has been sacked just 13 times during Pittsburgh's first seven games despite throwing the ball more than ever. He is on pace to post a career high in attempts while getting sacked just 30 times, which would be a career low for any season in which he played all 16 games.
The two-time Super Bowl winner credits a cohesive line and an improved running game for the low sack total. The quarterback is completing a career-high 67 percent of his passes and the Steelers are second in the NFL in time of possession.