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Ben Roethlisberger wins AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for Week 3
The national narrative for the last few years has been that Ben Roethlisberger is a fading version of the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback who won two Super Bowls. On Wednesday Vince Williams Jersey , Big Ben was announced as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Steelers win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.While Roethlisberger might not be the man he was 10 years ago, very few of actually are either, and it is worth noting that this is the 16th time he has won this award. The most in team history, as per the team’s PR/Media Manager, Dom Rinelli.Completing 30 of his 38 passes for a total of 353 yards and 3 touchdowns, Roethlisberger finished the game with a passer rating of 120.7. Currently second in the league with 1140 yards passing behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Pittsburgh quarterback is on pace to break his 2014 total for most yards in a season when he finished the year with 4,952 yards through the air.Roethlisberger is the second Steelers’ player to win Player of the Week honors in 2018, after T.J. Watt won the award in Week 1 for his 3 sack performance against the Cleveland Browns.Unlike 2017, Chris Boswell can’t rescue Steelers from a sloppy mess in tie with Browns As I stood there in my uncle’s living room Ramon Foster Jersey , watching Chris Boswell prepare for a 42-yard field goal attempt in the waning moments of overtime in the Steelers’ 2018 regular-season opener against the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, I was confident I would soon wipe my brow in relief and thank the football heavens for yet another victory that could have very easily gone the other way. After all, that was how so many of Pittsburgh’s games ended in 2017, on the way to a 13-3 record and a second-straight AFC North Division title. The Steelers and their opponents would often battle tooth-and-nail for the better part of 60 sloppy minutes, a year ago, before Boswell ended things with a game-winning field goal in the final seconds — including three booted on the final play of regulation.Unfortunately, Boswell’s attempt sailed wide left and, moments later, the Steelers neededT.J. Watt to block a field goal just to preserve a very disappointing 21-21 tie.And that’s when reality sunk in: the 2018 Steelers aren’t likely going to be able to get away with as much as they did in 2017. Why? That’s sports — sooner or later, the law of averages are going to catch up with you. You can’t commit 116 yards in penalties and expect to win many games. You certainly can’t turn the football over a whopping six times — including five by the franchise quarterback—and expect to win any games Cheap Cameron Heyward Jersey , let alone walk off of the field with a tie.But despite the less-than-ideal play — a performance that may have been excused away by the day-long downpour — I was still expecting the Steelers to pull things out.Even after running back James Conner tarnished his otherwise great day by losing a fumble that the Browns quickly converted into a touchdown to pull to within seven points with 7:32 remaining, you just had a feeling Pittsburgh would win. Even after quarterback Tyrod Taylor found Browns’ embattled receiver, Josh Gordon, in the end zone for a touchdown that tied the score at 21 with 1:58 remaining in the fourth quarter, I felt extremely confident someone would come along and save the Steelers’ bacon, yet again. And when Cam Sutton picked off a Taylor pass deep in Steelers’ territory with 16 seconds left in regulation, you, every other Steelers fan, as well as all of those downtrodden faithful in Browns Nation, likely thought the inevitable outcome was going to be the Black-and-gold heading back to Pittsburgh as winners — albeit sloppy winners — once more. Late in overtime Cheap Sean Davis Jersey , as Antonio Brown and Jesse James made key catches and key gains to set up Boswell’s attempt, you had the feeling that this Week-1 slop-fest wouldn’t be entirely acceptable to the coaches, players and fans, but at least the Steelers would still earn a victory while working out the bugs — and to reiterate, it did rain during the entire game. Many people spent the offseason warning Steelers fans that their favorite football team couldn’t make a habit out of stacking wins in close contests, that a Super Bowl-contender is often more business-like than child-like.But — darn it — the Steelers might often be a team in turmoil, but they’re also a team of character that just finds a way to win. Sadly, after one week of the 2018 regular season, you can’t say that anymore. In many ways, this tie felt like a heartbreaking loss. But Cheap Ben Roethlisberger Jersey , then, when you’re up by two touchdowns midway through the fourth quarter against a team that hasn’t won a game since 2016, anything but victory is going to feel like defeat. No, the Steelers aren’t losers after one week of regular-season action, but they’re certainly not winners either. What Pittsburgh appears to be, however, is a version similar to the 2017 squad. Unfortunately, that may not be enough to cut it in 2018.

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