Ben Roethlisberger: Analyzing How QB’s Absence Impacts Steelers vs. Ravens

December 1, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

To say the Pittsburgh Steelers aren't the same team without veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger under center would be a severe understatement. 
Roethlisberger has been ruled out of Sunday's matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN.com, setting the stage for veteran backup Charlie Batch to start for the second straight week against a division rival.
Batch has certainly been around the block a few times, but he's no Ben Roethlisberger. That means that, for the second time in as many weeks, the Steelers will be limited in what they can do offensively against the Ravens.
Here, we analyze how Roethlisberger's absence impacts the Steelers in Week 13.
Deep Threat
Without Big Ben this weekend, expect Pittsburgh to struggle to get the ball downfield to its play-making wide receivers.
While Roethlisberger was averaging 7.2 yards per pass attempt before going down in Week 10, Charlie Batch is averaging just 5.9 yards per attempt after ...

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