Ben Roethlisberger had one of his worst games ever against a 2-10-1 Cincinnati Bengals team. Think about how big that is.
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback had won 24 of 31 games heading into Monday Night. And then he dropped a stinker. Perhaps the biggest stinker he’s ever dropped. And, just by looking at him, you can tell the man has dropped some big stinkers in his life.
According to Pro Football Focus, this was, indeed, Big-Bod Ben’s worst game as a pro:
Just went through every year of PFF grades and this was indeed Ben Roethlisberger's lowest graded game of his career.— Jake (@Jake_NFL) December 22, 2020
And it was his worst game this year in terms of quarterback rating, both traditional rating (62.4) and QBR (15.1).
We broke down Roethlisberger’s terrible game in the video below:
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Roethlisberger looked helpless trying to throw downfield, where he’s made so many back-breaking plays against the Bengals over the years to guys like Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. On throws 10 or more yards downfield, the seventeen-year veteran could only complete one pass, a 23-yard touchdown to Diontae Johnson.
Ben Roethlisberger on throws 10+ yards vs. Bengals:— PFF (@PFF) December 22, 2020
▪️ 1 TD
▪️ 1 INT pic.twitter.com/vcFZswvrX8
While Steelers offensive tackles Alejandro Villanueva and Chukwuma Okorafor had poor games, this really was about Roethlisberger falling apart when his team needed him most. Pittsburgh had lost two in a row after an 11-0 start, and this was their chance to bounce back and hold on to home field advantage in the playoffs. But his chubby ankles simply crumbled as he missed targets and failed to create for almost the entire game.
It is for these reasons that I declare this the worst game of Big-Boned Ben’s career. And the fact it came in Cincinnati provided just enough happiness to fans to get them through the long period before Joe Burrow returns to the field.