Steelers Player of the Month: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

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Ben Roethlisberger is BTSC's Player of the Month for October.

The dramatic turnaround of the Steelers' 2013 season can be described perfectly by looking at the stats of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Staring down an 0-4 record, but coming off a bye week, Roethlisberger was 23-for-30 for 264 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Jets. He added another sparkling performance against the Ravens in a Week 8 win - 17-for-23, 160 yards and a touchdown. He didn't turn the ball over once in those two games.

The Steelers are coming off a tough loss at Oakland, but still managed to go 2-1 in the month after an 0-4 September. Roethlisberger's solid play is what makes him BTSC's Player of the Month for October.

Roethlisberger's numbers in the loss weren't horrible - 29-for-45 (64.4 percent) for 275 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions (the second one having been taken out of Antonio Brown's hands and was initially ruled a fumble). Steelers receivers dropped touchdown passes in each of the team's three games in the month. Brown dropped a gorgeous back shoulder throw at the front pylon against the Jets, Derek Moye missed an equally beautiful tear-drop throw down the side of the end zone against Baltimore, and Heath Miller failed to bring in a tight-window low through against the Raiders.

Stats are stats, though. Roethlisberger's effectiveness was apparent through bountiful running harvest, and low tide. The Steelers are a mess in the running game, and Roethlisberger has been one of the few constants over the last three games.

Others nominated: OG David DeCastro, LB Lawrence Timmons, WR Antonio Brown

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