Originally Posted by camisadelgolf
I'm sorry to break the news, but Roethlisberger is not a good quarterback. He's average at best. I'm over-simplifying, of course, but all the Bengals have to do is focus on the running game and let Roethlisberger lose the game for the Steelers. He always tries to do something he's incapable of (which is be good), and he's going to cost the Steelers the game.
The Bengals have tried that appraoch before with Ben... and lost.
Granted - Roethlisberger didn't shine last year versus the Bengals; but prior to '06, he has had his way with them pretty much.
Here is a comparison between QB's in last years two meetings, which the teams split.....
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Palmer 18/26 193 7.4 4 2
Roethlisberger 18/39 208 5.3 0 3
Palmer 20/38 251 6.6 2 0
Roethlisberger 19/28 280 10.0 1 1
Overall, since 2004, Ben is 4-2 vs the Bengals, and has never lost at Cincinnati, with a QB rating of 98.4 playing there.
And while I would like nothing more then to see the Bengals beat Pittsburgh, who leads our division...... Ben is not their problem. Ben doesn't have to be spectacular, just good enough.
Can the Bengals stop Willie Parker is the bigger issue.
People talk about how miserable the Bengal's defense is, but they also need to take a good hard look at this offensive line. Palmer has been scrambling and running his butt off. Pitt is going to blitz him terribly I feel.