PUBLIC ENEMY 001: Ben Roethlisberger
Few players are more hated by Bengals fans than Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger has been a constant pain in the Bengals side since his arrival to the league in 2004. Many Bengals fans forget that
Roethlisberger was once a favorite in the Greater Cincinnati Area. As a star at Miami University, he was just minutes from Cincinnati and made many appearances at both community and charity events. Those days are long gone, as the only memories that remain in the mind of the Cincinnati fan is “Big Ben” crushing the Bengals hopes on various occasions. That is all in the past. The important thing now is for the Bengals to battle the “Big Ben” of 2015.
Roethlisberger is having a standout year in 2015, although he missed parts of 5 games. In the last four weeks alone, he has thrown for 1533 yards and 10 touchdowns. Compare that with Andy Dalton’s solid stats in the same period (965 yards and 7 touchdowns) and it shows just how dominate Roethlisberger has been. A lot of Big Ben’s success can be linked to the seemingly unstoppable Antonio Brown, and the consistent play of his offensive line.
In order to defeat him, the Bengals must make Roethlisberger uncomfortable, yet contain him in the pocket. Roethlisberger is notorious for making plays while he is on the run, and for a 6’5” 240lbs man, he moves pretty well. In addition to his mobility, Roethisberger throws to one of the best WR cores in the NFL. Aside from the aforementioned Antonio Brown, the Steelers feature Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, and Sammie Coates. Cincinnati’s injury plagued secondary will not be able to contain them for long, so it will be up to the Bengals pass rush to get to Roethlisberger quickly. Geno Atkins and company will need to contain and put pressure on Big Ben in order to shut down this week’s public enemy number one.
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