Steelers 30, Texans 23

October 21st, 2014 by

Watt a game!!

“I feel like offensively we still left a little bit out there. But we scored enough.” – Ben.



Ben was 23 of 33 for 265 yards, two TDs and no interceptions as the Steelers rallied to beat Houston 30-23 and improve to 4-3. Ben threw his two TD’s while the Steelers were taking advantage of two Texans turnovers to score 21 points over the final 87 seconds of the first half.

Antonio Brown threw for a touchdown during the scoring flurry and had nine catches for 90 yards.


From Will Graves, AP:

14One dizzying sequence, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in complete control against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a decisive surge late in the first half, helping the Steelers rally for a 30-23 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Monday night.

Pittsburgh (4-3) needed just over a minute to turn a 10-point deficit into an 11-point lead as the Texans self-destructed while losing their third straight.

Roethlisberger finished with 265 yards passing. Le’Veon Bell racked up 145 yards of total offense and rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant caught a momentum-swinging touchdown pass in his first NFL start.

Arian Foster ran for 102 yards for Houston (3-4), but just 29 over the final three quarters.

Ryan Fitzpatrick was 21 of 32 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and an interception but the Texans were undone by three turnovers.

Watt recovered a fumble and picked up his third sack of the season but was neutralized for most of the second half.

By then, the Steelers were on their way to the win.

One frantic stretch turned the tide.

Pittsburgh was listless for the first 25 minutes, letting Foster and Fitzpatrick do whatever they wanted as the Texans raced to a 13-0 lead that seemed larger.

A 44-yard Shaun Suisham field goal with 3:08 left in the half gave the Steelers a minor boost.

A strike from Roethlisberger to Bell provided a much larger one shortly after the 2-minute warning. Roethlisberger hit the versatile back for a 43-yard gain — Pittsburgh’s longest pass play of the season — to move the ball to the Houston 35.

Roethlisberger then hit Bryant, who struggled staying healthy in the preseason and spent the first six weeks on the inactive list, with a beautiful rainbow Bryant caught at the back of the end zone to make it 13-10 with 1:27 left.

The Steelers were just getting started.


You can read more here.



And from Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

16The Steelers trailed, 13-0, midway through the second quarter. It wouldn’t be quite accurate to say the offense was doing nothing because quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had lost a fumble, leading to a Houston field goal. The crowd, such as it was minus about 9,000 no-shows, was booing lustily. There was an overwhelming feeling the home team was headed toward another crushing loss at Heinz Field that surely would put their season in jeopardy.

Bell didn’t allow it to happen. He took a little dump pass over the middle from Roethlisberger on a third-and-10 play and, after shrugging off Houston linebacker Brian Cushing, turned it into a 43-yard gain. It was the play of the game. It gave the Steelers life. They had to settle for a field goal, but, as it turned out, it was just the start of their best offensive quarter of the season. They scored three touchdowns in the final 1:27.

“I saw it was man-to-man coverage,” Bell said. “I knew I had a chance to get the rock. I made sure I won the match-up [against Cushing].”

Roethlisberger loved it.

“That play was huge. It flipped the field. I think it was our first third-down conversion. It got us started.”

Tomlin agreed.

Roethlisberger called Bell “phenomenal.”

“It’s not that he can do anything. He can do everything. He’s such a difference-maker.”

Bell caught a 28-yard screen pass to set up the Steelers’ first touchdown, cutting the Houston lead to 13-10. Later, he had a 2-yard touchdown catch to give the Steelers a 24-13 lead. He finished with eight catches for 88 yards.

“His awareness is unbelievable,” Roethlisberger said. “On that touchdown play, he went in motion and he was supposed to run a fade pattern. He saw the coverage and broke it off [outside safety D.J. Swearinger]. He made that play.”

Roethlisberger said he never doubted the Steelers offense would get rolling. “We always believe and have faith regardless of how things are going.” But Roethlisberger was mighty glad Bell stepped up and led the way. “I say it all the time. I think he’s one of the best all-around backs in the game. He proved it again.”


You can read more here.

You can watch video of Ben’s post-game interview here.

You can check out a few game photos here.


Tune in!

October 18th, 2014 by

Ben sat down for an interview today at Steelers HQ with ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew.

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The interview will air during the Monday Night Countdown Show, which starts at 6:00 PM (ET).


Daddy’s ON DUTY!!

October 16th, 2014 by

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“Dad’s got the kids tonight and it’s dinner time! Man, this isn’t easy! Moms, you guys are the best!!!” – Ben



“Markus Wheaton puts in extra time with Ben Roethlisberger”

October 15th, 2014 by

From Scott Brown, ESPN.com’s AFC North Blog:

Ben_WheatonPittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been patient with Markus Wheaton but that might be running a little thin after the second-year wide receiver caught just four passes last Sunday in Cleveland despite getting targeted 11 times.

He and Ben Roethlisberger seemed to be operating off different scripts, something that became painfully obvious to the Steelers on a critical third down early in the second quarter.

Roethlisberger said before the Steelers’ first practice of the week that Wheaton is still adjusting to the speed of the NFL game after playing just 152 snaps as a rookie and missing four games because of a broken finger.

“In college you can kind of wait for a receiver to come out of a break before you throw it,” Roethlisberger said. “Here you have to throw it before they come out of their break. He’s working hard to make sure he gets the proper depth, to get his hands around with his head and make the play. I know he will.”

Wheaton followed through on a promise he made after the Steelers’ 31-10 loss to the Browns. The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder showed up at the Steelers’ practice facility early Wednesday morning so he could watch film of the game with his quarterback.

“I think that speaks volumes about him wanting to get in there, wanting to learn, to be corrected,” Roethlisberger said. “I broke down every single pass play that he did and told him what I thought he did right and what he did wrong. He’s the type of guy that’s going to take that and make him better. I have all the confidence in the world that Markus will come out and be better than ever.”


You can read more here.

You can watch Ben’s regular Wednesday interview with the media here (video).


“Thank you Ben!”

October 14th, 2014 by

From a recent email received to the website:

101414_OfficerSmithMy name is Jay Rusch and I am the General Manager at Woodside Plantation Country Club in Aiken, SC.

Earlier this evening, I was reading an article about Ben Roethlisberger and it pertained to Aiken, SC.

I was a little surprised and excited especially after I finished the article. I am a HUGE Steeler fan (born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA) and I currently live in Aiken, SC, I thought to myself, this is awesome!

A close friend of mine, Clark Smith is a K-9 Narcotics Officer for Aiken Department of Public Safety and his K-9 partner, Fox (Belgium Malinois – photo attached) are an amazing team and asset to our community.

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Ben Roethlisberger for the grant to ADPS. – Best regards, Jay Rusch, PGA.


Thank you to Jay for taking the time to send us the email and the photo of your friend and his partner!


You can learn more about Ben’s foundation here.


93.7 The Fan: The Ben Roethlisberger Show

October 14th, 2014 by

Ben joined The Cook and Poni Show for his weekly radio spot today. Below is a recap in case you missed it:

The Steelers are licking their wounds after a 31-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns this past Sunday. It was only the second time Roethlisberger has lost to the Browns in his career.

“It was frustrating. I felt like I could and should have played better and do more to give our team a chance to win,” Roethlisberger said. “I take it upon myself and it was a long bus ride home. You got to let it fester inside you a little bit because I think that’s what motivates you, but you also have to find a way to move on and that is why today we have moved on and were getting ready for this week.”

Roethlisberger said it wasn’t as bad as it may have looked when they watched the game back yesterday.

“It really came down to not making plays when we had to make plays. They made them and we didn’t,” Roethlisberger said. “We didn’t make a lot of mistakes, we just didn’t make the plays that were there to be made.”

He said that was the most frustrating part is knowing what to do in making those plays, but just not being able to execute.

Roethlisberger said the game plan was to run the ball against the Browns, and he thought they were having success with it, but it came down to not being able to score inside the red zone. He says they have to start scoring touchdowns instead of settling for field goals.

“We ran the ball and I know that should make the fans happy, because them and the media were asking for us to run it,” Roethlisberger added. “But we still have to find a way to get it in the end zone.”

The offensive troubles have prompted some to call for the firing of offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Roethlisberger told the guys that all coaches are going to feel the heat when things are not going right, and it’s part of the job. He says they have to just let all of the negative comments roll right off their backs, and the simple way to resolve it is to starting playing better and win some games.

“We as players need to play better,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s our responsibility to play the best we can and right now. I will take the blame that I’m not playing my best football and I need to. So if I play better football, then maybe people will get off the coaches’ back.”

He told the guys that he will work harder with the receivers moving forward to make sure they are all on the same page and that he gives them the best opportunity to make plays.

Roethlisberger didn’t really take kindly to the comments made by his former coach Bill Cowher and former teammate Hines Ward, who both called the Steelers finesse on offense and soft on defense.

“They are in the media now so they are media guys, you know, so they are entitled to their media opinions and that’s fine, “ Roethlisberger said. “We’re not going to change or do anything different because of what people say. We’re just gonna bust our butt and play for each other and do what we can to win football games.”

That starts Monday night at Heinz Field against the Houston Texans, which will be the first of three straight games at Heinz Field.

Roethlisberger says he hopes to see the Steelers fans show up at all the games, and be the loud fans they have come to love, and show these teams what Heinz Field is all about and that it will present a true home field advantage.

“This will be a huge test for us,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s one game at a time and we will see if we can step up our play and play our best football.”


You can listen to the full interview here.


Browns 31, Steelers 10

October 12th, 2014 by

“We came in with the right attitude and mindset. I didn’t play well enough. It’s very frustrating. We’re all frustrated but we’ll stay together…I hold myself to a higher standard and I’ve got to be better.” – Ben.


You can listen to Ben’s post-game interview here.

Make it a Black & Ghoul…er…Black & Gold Halloween!

October 10th, 2014 by

And share it with us!!


If you have a Big Ben (or one of his teammates like Troy or DaBeard) going out for Halloween, or attending a costume party this year, and you’d like to send us their photo, we’d love to post it in Ben’s Steelers Halloween Album.

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Left: Justin Husar told his mom, Amber, that he wanted to dress up as his favorite Super Hero, Big Ben! Top right: Jovan Ortiz headed out for some Halloween fun in his Virginia neighborhood. Not only does he wear his Big Ben uniform to Trick or Treat, but dad Jonathan says he wears it while watching Steelers games too! Middle right: Waylon Flowers is a Big Ben fan from the Washington State who practices every day and really loves to watch the Steelers every Sunday on NFL Sunday Ticket. Bottom right: Brandon Crusan’s son made it simple for his dad Brian when he was asked to choose a Halloween costume: Big Ben!


Did we mention grown-ups are welcome?

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Left: Cynthia Filmore as Coach Tomlin and her boyfriend, Michael, as the best TE in the business! Right: Michelle Stiehler as Troy, and her husband, Al, as the EXTRA-LARGE bottle of Head & Shoulders shampoo!


Have a furry Trick-or-Treater headin’ out to scare up some ghosts and goblins?

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Left: Duce, named after the Steelers’ Duce Staley, wants to know if any of the humans in his neighborhood are handing out cats on Halloween? If so, he’s going to need a bigger Trick or Treat bag! Middle: Emma waits at the door in her #43 jersey for the night’s Trick or Treaters. Right: Kismet is going the “formal costume route” – wearing a gold tie with the uniform in hopes of getting a big haul to hide in the backyard!


Or just some really cool Steelers-themed Halloween decorations?

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Top: Steelers UK fan Gordon Dedman (yes, that’s actually his last name)turns his Steelers Man Cave into a ghoulish place to watch a game! Bottom left: We respectfully disagreed with Amanda Marie Doerr when she said she wasn’t an artist when she painted her pumpkin free-hand with her favorite Steelers! Bottom middle: Jennifer Hixon thinks her Big Ben Pumpkin Scarecrow is the perfect way to keep those pesky ravens out of her yard! Bottom right: Big Ben lights up the night on Halloween in front of Carly Krysak’s house!



Send your photo(s) via email to: bigben7website@gmail.com and we’ll post ‘em in Ben’s Halloween Album!



The Roethlisbergers get into the Halloween spirit too:

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In fact, they captured a crazy little monkey in their house that escaped from the Pittsburgh Zoo last Halloween, and sent in his photos before zoo authorities came to get him!


You can see more family photos here.


Grants announced for two police departments

October 9th, 2014 by

Today, Ben announced the fourth and fifth grant of the 2014-15 season from The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation at The Giving Back Fund.

The Foundation will be distributing grants to the Cleveland Metroparks Ranger Department and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department within proximity of where the Steelers will play the Browns on Sunday, October 12th.

“This grant will significantly contribute to our efforts to provide good law enforcement services to our residents, partners and stakeholders throughout Cuyahoga County.” – Jeffery K. Patterson, CMHA CEO and Safety Director.


The Cleveland Metroparks Rangers plan to use their grant toward safety equipment for their K-9 unit, while the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) will apply the grant funds to the purchase and training of a new dog.

OfficersSmiddy_HoldemanCuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s Chief of Police Andrés González said, “We are thrilled to receive this grant. It will enhance our operations and improve our delivery of services.”

This marks the eighth season that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation has distributed grants to K-9 units. The mission of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs in Pittsburgh, PA. Roethlisberger and the Foundation also strive to support Make-A-Wish.

The Foundation distributed $157,600 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2013 NFL season and has distributed in excess of $1.2 million since 2007.

In commenting on why the mission of the foundation is so important to him, Roethlisberger said, “We’re very fortunate to be in the position that we are able to help these K-9 units. The work that is performed by the dogs and their handlers as well as the bond that is formed is incredible. We’re just thrilled to do our small part.”

This season, fans of The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation can support future K-9 grants by purchasing candy on Sarris Candies’ website, (www.SarrisCandiesFundraising.com), using a special purchase code (77-7777). Sarris will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.


Check out Ben’s foundation page for more info, and feel free to contact Stephanie Sandler at The Giving Back Fund with any questions about donating or submitting grants for your department!


Photo: That’s Officer Smiddy and his furry partner, Chewbacca & Officer Holdeman with his equally furry partner, Loki, from an earlier grant in 2011. The puppies were donated by a breeder, and funds from the grant provided by Ben’s Foundation that season paid for their training and supplies.

Big Ben talks Browns

October 8th, 2014 by

From Steelers.com today:


Oct08Re: Being disappointed about his play after the game:

Yeah I was. There were three, four or five plays I’d like to have back but you could probably say that about any game. Some of them are going to be plays that you guys don’t even know about. Obviously the fumble but just a couple things here and there that I’d like to have back.


Do you feel at home at Cleveland?

Well it’s a very hostile environment and I anticipate, and I’m sure a lot of guys around here or people that have been here for a while, this is as big of a game probably in Cleveland in a while. Just because of their record, our record, us coming in there, AFC North (and) the rivalry that’s there. I anticipate it being a hostile environment, maybe like nothing I’ve ever seen up there before.


Do you get up more to play the Browns?

Heck yeah. Well I’m a competitor. It’s a division rival. It’s my home state. Yeah I always get up a little bit more.


Re: Red zone scoring issues and if they need to run the ball more frequently in that area of the field:

No, we need to just execute. We were 1-of-4 last week. I think the week before we were a lot better. We’re going to take what the defense gives us. Last week it was throwing the ball. We just need to execute better.


Is the pass heavy play-calling in the red zone a by-product of operating out of the no-huddle?

Some of it is but that’s me calling plays (and) feeling like we had the advantage in the pass game down there. So I called passes and I don’t regret any of it.


Re: Having lots of big plays in the first half against Cleveland and if that was a mind-set approach or what the Browns did:

A little bit of both. You never really expect a screen, I think we had two screens early, to go real big. You expect to get first downs and things like that. But for them to go as big as they did I think it’s just a by-product of what they gave us.


Does it feel like more of a rivalry based on how things are going this year?

I don’t know in the last the couple of years if we ever played them this early (in) both games. Especially play there this early, it’s been a long time since that’s happened to my knowledge. Usually early in the season teams are still trying to figure each other out (and) figure (themselves) out. Both teams have OK records for where we are right now so I think that all those factors make this a little bigger rival than it’s been in maybe the last year or two.


You can read his entire interview and watch the video here.


MAGAZINE/BOOK ALERT!

WHAT: Nothing at this time
WHEN:
WHERE:

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
WHEN: Sunday, June 22, 2014
WHERE: Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, Warrendale, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance here.

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational
WHEN: Monday, June 23, 2014
WHERE: Treesdale Golf and Country Club, Gibsonia, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance to play in the tournament (foursomes only) here.

 


2014 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

8/9 Pre-Season – NYG Loss: 20-16
8/16 Pre-Season – Buffalo Win: 19-16
8/21 Pre-Season – @ Philadelphia Loss: 31-21
8/29 Pre-Season – Carolina Loss: 10-0
9/7 Cleveland Win: 30-27
9/11 @ Baltimore Loss: 26-6
9/21 @ Carolina Win: 37-19
9/28 Tampa Bay Loss: 27-24
10/5 @ Jacksonville Win: 17-9
10/12 @ Cleveland Loss: 31-10
10/20 Houston Win: 30-23
10/26 Indianapolis 4:25PM
11/2 Baltimore 8:30PM
11/9 @ New York Jets 1:00PM
11/17 @ Tennessee 8:30PM
11/24 BYE N/A
11/30 New Orleans 1:00PM
12/7 @ Cincinnati 1:00PM
12/14 @ Atlanta 1:00PM
12/21 Kansas City 1:00PM
12/28 Cincinnati 1:00PM