The current weather forecast are calling for it to be rainy and cold Saturday night for the AFC Wild Card Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. With that in mind, I thought we would take a look at how Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has played during his career when dealing with rain and snow.
Let me start off by noting that the games listed below might not be totally inclusive as I was at the mercy of the pregame weather conditions listed in the official gamebooks when compiling this data. For example, the 2010 game against the New York Jets was listed as it being cloudy, but as one follower reminded on Twitter a few days ago, it indeed did snow during that game. There were more than likely a few other games not listed below during Roethlisberger’s career in which it rained or snowed after kickoff and if you recall any of these games, I will gladly enter them in if you let me know about them in the comments below.
In the games listed below, I think you will see that Roethlisberger has been fairly accurate in adverse weather conditions during his career. It should be worth noting, however, that he only threw for 300 or more yards in four of the games below and his career yards per attempt in those games was just under 7.0.
In ten of the games listed below, Roethlisberger failed to pass for 200 or more yards, yet the Steelers still won all but one of them.
The Steelers might not have running back Le’Veon Bell Saturday night against the Ravens, so the offense will likely rely on Roethlisberger’s arm to win the game. Judging by how he’s performed in bad weather so far in his career, one could easily speculate that that shouldn’t be a problem.
Yes, Roethlisberger is a mudder and if he completes at least 60% of his passes Saturday night, there’s a good chance the Steelers will win the game.
|2007||11||11/26/2007||MIA||W 3-0||18||21||85.7||165||0||1||79.6||7.86||60||97||10||SW||Light Rain|
|2007||14||12/16/2007||JAX||L 22-29||15||32||46.9||142||3||0||90.9||4.44||35||79||19||SW||Light Snow|
|2007||17||1/5/2008||JAX||L 29-31||29||42||69.1||337||2||3||79.2||8.02||39||95||8||SSW||Light Rain|
|2008||17||1/11/2009||SDG||W 35-24||17||26||65.4||181||1||0||98.4||6.96||26||69||5||WNW||Light Snow|
|2010||13||12/12/2010||CIN||W 23-7||21||33||63.6||258||0||0||87.7||7.82||37||89||8||SSE||Light Rain|
|2012||9||11/12/2012||KAN||W 16-13||9||18||50.0||84||1||0||81.7||4.67||45||84||16||W||Light Rain|
|2013||13||12/8/2013||MIA||L 28-34||23||39||59.0||349||3||0||114.2||8.95||25||73||9||E||Light Snow|
|2013||16||12/29/2013||CLE||W 20-7||19||31||61.3||179||1||2||61.1||5.77||40||93||5||NW||Light Rain|