Ben Roethlisberger wonders if he 'doesn't have it anymore'

Todd Singleton
October 10, 2017

We knew once we were able to do that, get Ben flustered, we have a great pass rush to get to him. If they do it right, they can win. So much so that it isn't unreasonable to wonder whether the 35-year-old who mulled retirement this offseason may not have more sustained brilliance inside of him - although surrounded by brilliant playmakers, that's admittedly a hot take that could spontaneously combust at a moment's notice.

Following a Carolina three-and-out, the Lions pulled to within 27-24 with 3:22 remaining on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Fells. But he also has five- and four-catch games, the latter coming Sunday and leading to Brown's rant during and after the game about the lack of passes in his direction.

Roethlisberger finished with a passer rating of 37.8, his worst at Heinz Field since a 30.7 rating against Cincinnati early in the 2006 season.

Starting quarterback Blake Bortles completed eight of 14 passes for 95 yards and an interception while Marqise Lee caught two passes for 49 yards for the Jaguars.

"I'm not playing well enough", Roethlisberger said. Maybe those oversights are due to Gilbert's habit of missing stretches of games. Had good ones, too.

That play might have been a fluke, but the Jaguars were just as bad later in the game when running back Elijah McGuire ran for a 69-yard touchdown.

Fournette chugged for 181 yards and two decidedly different scores, including a 90-yard dash away from the NFL's second-ranked defense in the final minutes to seal a 30-9 victory. With five interceptions against one of the top offenses in the league, and putting up a roadblock across the end zone, the Jaguars held Pittsburgh's "Killer B's" to just three field goals.

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"I've been doing this a long time".

The Jacksonville defense has forced 15 turnovers so far this year, which leads the league and is tied for the fifth most through the first five games of the season since 2000.

"I'm not going to let you guys pull me into that conversation", coach Doug Marrone said with a smile during his postgame press conference.

A week that began with Ben Roethlisberger chiding Antonio Brown for his behavior in the Steelers' previous game ended in disaster for the Pittsburgh quarterback and his team.

"For me, it's always awesome to come back home to Pittsburgh", the Butler native said.

When you take in all the factors - including the Jaguars' aspirations this season and the lingering memory of a disappointing loss to the New York Jets last week - a strong argument can be made that Sunday was the Jaguars' victory since ... since ... If the offense turns in a performance resembling what they showed today, the Steelers chances of avoiding a second consecutive loss are slim to none. "It's as simple as that".

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