After two straight road games the Pittsburgh Steelers will return home Sunday to face the New Orleans Saints. According to how he’s played so far this season, that’s great news for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
For starters, Roethlisberger and the Steelers are 4-1 at home so far this season. In addition to that, 18 of the 24 touchdown passes that Roethlisberger has thrown this season have also come at Heinz Field. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Roethlisberger’s +12 home-road touchdown pass differential is the largest of all quarterbacks in the league so far this season.
If that’s not enough to get you excited about the upcoming game against the Saints, you should also probably like to know that Roethlisberger has only thrown one interception at home this season and that came way back in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns.
Roethlisberger also enters Sunday’s game with a 72.5% home completion percentage this season and he only trails Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (72.7%) in that stat when compared to other quarterbacks that have attempted 13 or more passes at home.
Here’s another stat that might interest you when it comes to Roethlisberger playing at home this season. So far this season he is 22-of-39 (56.4%) passing on balls thrown 15 or more yards down the field at home. On the road this season, he’s 15-of-41 (36.6%) when passing deep. His 56.4% deep pass completion percentage is second only to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (60.0%), who has only attempted 25 such throws at home so far this season.
As you can clearly see, there’s no place like home for Roethlisberger so far this season and hopefully that continues Sunday against the Saints.