I've said it before and I will say it again: Without Ben Roethlisberger, this team would be a train wreck.
He is simply the best player on the roster right now, bar none.
The receivers are dropping passes all over the field. The running backs have been ineffective. The offensive line can barely block. The defense is getting old and is a shadow of its former self. Starters are getting hurt on both sides of the ball.
The only constant is Big Ben.
Yesterday, he didn't do anything spectacular, but he didn't hurt the team with a stupid throw late in the game to lose, either. (We've seen that from Ben from time to time.)
Ben has eight touchdown passes in four games this year. That puts him on pace to match his career best of 32 for the year. He has thrown one interception. At that rate, he will have thrown four picks all year, beating his career best by one.
On top of that, he is on pace to throw for more yards than he has in any year of his career by nearly 400 yards.
He's still getting sacked, but even that is not as bad as it has been in recent years, and he certainly doesn't seem to be taking the savage beatings he took in games over the last five years.
You can make a strong case that the Steelers are 2-2 because of Ben Roethlisberger, not in spite of him.
He is clearly the leader of the team on either side of the ball.