Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been infective as of late when throwing deep down the field and while that wasn’t the main reason why the team lost Sunday to the New Orleans Saints, his 5-of-14 deep ball performance certainly didn’t help matters.
In the Steelers first nine games of the season, Roethlisberger completed 33-of-64 (51.6%) passes that were thrown more than 15 yards past the line of a scrimmage. In his last three outings, however, he is 6-of-27 (22.2%). That stat line also includes three interceptions.
The Steelers will travel next Sunday to play the Cincinnati Bengals and that’s concerning being as the Roethlisberger enters that game having only completed 36.6% of his deep passes on the road so far this season. To make matters worse, the Bengals defense has only allowed 33.3% of all deep passes to be completed this season, according to Pro Football Reference.
Needless to say, the Steelers need Roethlisberger to quickly find the deep ball magic that had during the first half of the season.