On the day before our country's Presidential election, who knew there would be a long-shot that would step in and take charge, not in the White house, but on the field at FedEx Field against the Washington Redskins.
Ben Roethlisberger had a horrible showing in the first half of play. He did run for a touchdown, but he completed only 5/17 passes for a total of 50 yards with an interception and a passer rating of 15.1 which is about as horrible as possible.
Byron Leftwich, on the other hand, came in at the start of the third quarter and looked composed, stayed in the pocket, and delivered some blistering throws and marched the Steelers down the field. He finished the game and ended up with 7/10 completions for 129 yards and a touchdown which got him a passer rating of 145.8 which is huge and will win many games for a team.
It is clear that Leftwich sparked the offense, coupled with strong defensive play, to a convincing win over the Washington Redskins.
The questions that remain:
Is Big Ben done?
Is he just injured worse than was thought?
Have the sacks added up to diminish his performance?
Should Leftwich be the starting QB from now on?
Was this just a one time deal with Leftwich or can he consistently play like that?
There are many more questions facing the Steelers and their quarterback situation this year and only they know the answers. One thing is for sure, there are many curves ahead for the Steelers and their fans.