Third Down Is Big Ben's Time to Shine

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Third Down Is Big Ben's Time to Shine
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The Pittsburgh Steelers rank third in the NFL in time of possession (35:50) despite having the third-worst running game. The reason is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stepping up on third downs to extend drives. Roethlisberger tops the league in passing yards (251), passing first downs (16) and QBR (99.4) on third downs after two games into the regular season, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He ranks second in completion percentage (76.0) on third down and is tied for first with three passing touchdowns.

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