They might not know it, but the Steelers are playing with house money. Winning two of three games without Ben Roethlisberger positions them well for the final 10 games. They survived a major storm without compromising their place in the AFC playoff picture entering Sunday’s game in Kansas City, in which Roethlisberger might or might not play, depending how his sprained MCL heals.
If Big Ben can’t go, Jones should be the starter, no matter Vick’s health.
That said, don’t count on Jones to throw for 14 yards per attempt with a 149.3 passer rating for the second straight week. What Jones did against Arizona -- completing eight of 12 passes for 168 yards and two scores -- surpassed the expectations of even his most ardent supporters. A full week of game-planning by the Chiefs could frustrate him.
Jones’ skill set is a better fit for this offense than Vick's. Vick dipped back into that time machine to help win the game against the Chargers on Monday Night Football, but otherwise, he has struggled in Todd Haley’s system, the story said. Big Ben did some practice in 7-on-7 drills leading up to Week 6 but was a long shot to play. The odds may be a little better this week but that remains to be seen.