Roethlisberger feasted on pass-rushers

February, 4, 2009
2/04/09
12:07
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Big Ben and the Arizona pass rush, by number of rushers
4 or fewer 5 or more
Comp-Att 11-20 10-10
Yards 75 181
TD-INT 1-1 0-0
Rating 59.4 118.8

The Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger can be at his best against pressure.

The chart shows his production in Super Bowl XLIII depending on how many Cardinals defenders rushed him.

The Cardinals were most effective sending four or fewer rushers. The information, charted by ESPN Stats & Information, drives home that point. During the winning drive, Roethlisberger completed both pass attempts for 53 yards against five or more rushers.

This would tend to support the idea that defenses should force Roethlisberger to read coverages instead of taking chances.

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