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Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 11:22am
Post-surgery outlook for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger shifted from 2-3 weeks to 4-6 weeks. Steelers have NE, bye, BAL, DAL, CLE on slate.
Related players: Landry Jones, Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates, Eli Rogers, LeVeon Bell
This is obviously a blow to the entire Pittsburgh offense. Since 2015, Roethlisberger has missed four games, and the team's passing yards decreased by 45%, total points decreased by 25% and passing touchdowns decreased by 39%. So all the Pittsburgh receivers take a hit while Roethlisberger is out. Landry Jones will start in the interim. He has a career completion percentage of 57.1% with a good YPA (9.2) and a not-so-good TD-to-INT ratio (3:4). He may work his way into streaming consideration if things break his way, but this is a sizable downgrade at quarterback. Roethlisberger's absence might benefit Bell, who tends to see more carries when his quarterback his out. But last season that increase in carries was offset by a reduced role in the passing game, so it looks like a wash for Bell. UPDATE: Our source in Pittsburgh said that the timeline came from Roethlisberger, who tends to “play up” his injuries so that he looks “tough” when he returns early. Our source said that he was told Roethlisberger is expected to return in Week 9 after the team’s bye. So owners should stream for the next couple of weeks and see how his recovery is going at that point.
Posted by Dale Lolley
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 12:26am
Week 7 vs. New England
Brown had his third game of the season with four receptions last week and matched his season-low with 39 yards. That's not what you were hoping for. That said, he's still had a strong overall season and is capable of having a big game each week. But he won't have Ben Roethlisberger throwing him the ball this week as Landry Jones takes over for the injured QB. New England has done a nice job overall against opposing receivers, but did allow Miami's to go off for 20 catches, 280 yards and a score in Week 2. Brown should get enough to be a No. 2 receiver with upside playing at home, where the Steelers have been much better.
2016 Strength of Schedule - PIT
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2016 Game Stats
|Per game||6.86||84.57||0.71||10.71||12.33||0.29||2.71||0||0||9.50||62.86/66.43||94.77% |