Ben Roethlisberger Sets NFL Record with 12 Touchdown Passes in 2-Game Span

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2014

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 02:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks to pass during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on November 2, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Over the course of the past two weeks, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has accomplished a feat no other signal-caller in NFL history has been able to do.

With his team hardly above water at 4-3 a mere two weeks ago, Roethlisberger flipped a switch unlike the game has ever seen and has tossed 12 touchdowns in two games, good for an NFL record:

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NFL Record: Ben Roethlisberger is the first player to throw 12 TDs in a 2-game span. http://t.co/lCdCRh8Q3Y

The lines themselves are a thing to behold now that they are fit for entry in the record books:

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Bleacher Report's Ian Kenyon and SportingCharts help to put Roethlisberger's jaw-dropping run into perspective:

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Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 12 TD in the past two weeks. In 2011, he threw 21 TD in 15 games.

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Ben Roethlisberger... Weeks 1-7: 10 passing TDs. Weeks 8-9: 12 passing TDs.

It is not as if the performances have come against fluky competition, either. In fact, the Indianapolis Colts are on a playoff pace at 5-3 and first in the AFC South while led by an elite corner in Vontae Davis. Ditto for the 5-4 Baltimore Ravens, a team led by corner Lardarius Webb.

Such is life, though, when a 32-year-old quarterback with Super Bowl experience gets to air it out to his heart's desire with weapons such as Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant while defenses need to stay honest to contain one of the game's best young running backs, Le'Veon Bell.

As NFL.com's Chris Wesseling notes, it is an interesting coincidence that the streak for Roethlisberger coincided with the emergence of 2014 fourth-round rookie Bryant:

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Steelers are averaging 41.3 points per game since adding Martavis Bryant to the WR rotation.

There may certainly be some correlation there, as the Clemson product takes the top off of defenses with his elite speed and has five touchdowns over the course of his team's three-game winning streak.

The man in charge of all of the moving pieces certainly plays a role in the historic stretch, too. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley has been the subject of scrutiny in the past, but he credits Roethlisberger's sheer talent as the reason both have found success.

"It was definitely a unique challenge," Haley said, per NFL.com's Albert Breer. "It wasn't a situation where I was coming in to fix the quarterback. He was a great player before I got here. But the landscape is always changing, and there's a reason I was brought in, and a reason the spot was available, and I got the opportunity."

Roethlisberger's continued commitment to evolving as a passer as the league shifts more and more to a pass-first approach reached a head Sunday night against an old AFC North foe.

Where this particular streak of historic form halts is difficult to discern, but the veteran passer and his arsenal of weapons in a comfortable scheme has the look of a formidable problem for any defense in the league as the Steelers eye an AFC North title and the postseason.

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