Steelers QB Problem and How They Fare While Big Ben Is Gone

Brandon BergContributor IAugust 17, 2010

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 14:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up prior to the game against the Detroit Lions on August 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Ben Roethlisberger is suspended for at least the first four games. How are the Steelers going to fare without him? Who is going to be the quarterback?

Although QB Dennis Dixon completed as many passes as Leftwich and threw for more yards, Dixon ran the ball 6 times. The Steelers are worried that Dixon's running preference is going to land him on the IR.

"And it's not necessarily with the twos [second unit] or the threes [third unit], it's a special package," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said Monday. "When you play without Ben, you're going to utilize all the players you have. He'll have a package, and how he plays within that package will determine how much he plays."

Look for Leftwich to hold onto the starting spot for now, but look for Dixon to gain some snaps with the first team as the preseason moves on into the regular season.

If you take a look at the first four games, I see three potential playoff teams on the schedule. The Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger, look like a bubble team that could win 7 or 8 games this year.

However, as we all know, Big Ben won't be with them for the first four, and quite possibly the first six.

I look for the Steelers to drop the games against the Falcons, Titans and Ravens. The winnable game I see there is the Buccaneers. Unfortunately, that game has to be played in Tampa, which makes it easy for me to see them coming out 0-4 in that stretch.

However, I do see the Steelers getting one win out of the first four games. How do you think they will fare?

The quote from Bruce Arians was used from the Associated Press.