Originally written on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 1/15/13
Have we overrated Ben Roethlisberger just a bit? In 9 seasons as a starter, he’s had a top-3 scoring defense on his side 6 times. In the 3 years he hasn’t, he’s missed the playoffs, including this year. They weren’t bad or anything this year, allowing 19.6 points per game, 6th in the NFL, including the fewest yards of any team in the NFL. The offense was more of the problem side, scoring just 21.0 points per game, 23rd in the NFL. Things were fine for the first half of the season as they got out to a 5-3 start, but they lost Ben Roethlisberger to injury week 10 in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, an eventual overtime victory. Byron Leftwich and then eventually Charlie Batch took over and they went a combined 1-2. However, Batch led an amazing upset of the Ravens in Baltimore week 13 and handed Ben Roethlisberger a 7-5 team that looked like it had a better chance to overtake the Ravens in the AFC North than miss the playoffs, especially with winnable games against San Diego, Da...
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