PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger had a day to forget on Sunday. With a lack of playmaking ability and true high-level play, Roethlisberger struggled mightily on Sunday. A big part of that was certainly the extraneous situations around him, but he himself has to have some of this burden upon himself.
Arguably the worst play of his day was his second interception. There was plenty to be worried about when it came to Roethlisberger’s play. However, throwing it into triple coverage with essentially three defenders waiting to pick it off may have been his worst. As such, it is very hard to defend the play at all, especially when it comes to Roethlisberger’s decision-making as he tries to make something magical happen at any point in the game. This was an ill-advised decision that Roethlisberger even admitted trying to make too much happen.
“I thought he was going the other direction,” Roethlisberger said. “Saw JuJu [Smith-Schuster]. The defender was kind of moving to his right, my left. Just awful play by me.”
On the other hand, Wilson got plenty wide-eyed when he saw the football coming in his direction. For the second-year player out of Wyoming, he has had a coming-out party over the last two weeks with three interceptions.
“I don’t know about that one,” Wilson said. “He was scrambling so I went to go track him down and tackle him. But he ended up just throwing it. I didn’t realize he was throwing it behind but Vonn [Bell] was getting on me a little bit because he thought that was his interception.”
Nothing is truly going well for the Steelers’ offense. Roethlisberger is just one of the many problems, but this play in particular certainly highlights the need for Roethlisberger to clean up his mental processing moving forward.