Browns vs. Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger Quickly Rounding into Playoff Form

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIDecember 8, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a first quarter pass while playing the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 4, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are 9-3 right now and have been rolling of late. They have reeled off three wins in a row and won seven of their last eight games. A big part of Pittsburgh's run has been the play of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

So far this season Roethlisberger has completed 260 of 408 passes (63.7 percent) for 3,246 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His quarterback rating is a slowly improving 93.6. After a slow start to the season, Big Ben has gotten things going over the past eight games. During that stretch he has thrown for 16 touchdowns and just five interceptions. 

Roethlisberger leads the league's ninth-best passing attack, averaging 256.1 yards per game, all while dealing with an injured thumb on his throwing hand.

The Pro Bowler's turnaround has directly corresponded to his team's re-emergence as an AFC title contender. In fact the Steelers' only loss since Oct. 2 came in a tight 23-20 contest against the Baltimore Ravens. Other than that, Pittsburgh has been dominant and Roethlisberger has been superb.

Roethlisberger has also spread the ball around this season, especially to his young receivers. Mike Wallace leads the team with 58 catches and eight touchdowns, while Antonio Brown has 50, Heath Miller has 41 and Hines Ward has 36. He has done an excellent job getting everyone involved and that will pay dividends in the playoffs.

Right now Roethlisberger is playing very well and I expect that to continue tonight against the Browns.