Thanks to the early success that the Pittsburgh Steelers running game had Sunday in their 51-35 win over the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was able to effectively mix in some play action in route to his career record performance.
For the game, Roethlisberger used play action on 12 passing attempts and he completed nine of those throws for 166 yards and three touchdowns.
Roethlisberger, however, should have had two more play action completions in the game as two of his perfect throws to wide receiver Martavis Bryant and tight end Heath Miller in the third quarter were both dropped.
The other Roethlisberger incomplete pass in the game off of play action was the deep throw down the left side to wide receiver Antonio Brown early in the third quarter.
On that particular play, Roethlisberger just barely overthrew an open Brown. It was his longest pass attempt of the game as the ball traveled 46 yards in the air past the line of scrimmage.
For the season, Roethlisberger is 46-of-66 passing for 569 yards with six touchdowns and one interception when using play action. Expect to see more of it Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens.