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Ben Roethlisberger Continues His Career Domination of Cleveland

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It's no mystery to Steelers fans, but it's worth fleshing out just a bit. Ben Roethlisberger owns the Cleveland Browns. Since entering the league in 2004, Big Ben is a perfect 10-0 against Pittsburgh's old rival along Lake Erie. This accomplishment is worth noting because the last quarterback to begin his career 10-0 against a single opponent was one John Elway. Because both quarterbacks are big (6'5"), mobile, and extremely clutch with the game on the line, they've at times been compared to each other. With Big Ben really honing his craft from the pocket as well, the comparisons should come even more frequently and hold a bit more water.  

Anyway, congratulations to Big Ben and on behalf of Steeler Nation, let me say THANK YOU for giving us the satisfaction of thoroughly owning the Browns the past five plus years.

Let's take a look at some of his performances over that time span.

Game Score Att./Comp. Yards TD/INT Rating
Game #4 '04 W 34-23 16/21 (76.2%) 231 1/1 107.4
Game #9 '04
W 24-10 10/16 (62.5%) 134 0/1 62
Game #15 '05 W 41-0 13/20 (60%) 220 1/0 120.0
Game #10 '06 W 24-20 25/44 (56.8%) 272 2/3 61.9
Game #13 '06 W 27-7 11/21 (52.4%) 225 1/0 106.2
Game #1 '07 W 34-7 12/23 (52.2%) 161 4/0 114.3
Game #9 '07 W 31-28 23/34 (67.6%) 278 2/1 99.9
Game #2 '08 W 10-6 13/20 (60%) 179 1/0 110.2
Game #16 '08 W 31-0 9/14 (64.3%) 110 0/1 58.6
Game #6 '09 W 27-14 23/35 (65.7%) 417 2/1 113.6
 TOTALS 10-0 155/248 (62.5%) 2227 14/7  -----

 

Big Ben obviously had plenty of help from his teammates on both sides of the ball, but he also has played extremely well individually against Pittsburgh's arch rival from Cleveland. Roethlisberger posted a quarterback rating over 100 in 6 of his 10 starts against the Browns, with a 7th falling just a fraction shy at 99.9. His 2:1 TD:INT ratio is also quite a bit better than his career ratio of  109:74. He's also been good scrambling to make plays. First of all 3 of his 12 career rushing touchdowns have come against the Browns. The second contest in 2007 immediately comes to mind as one where Ben's toughness fighting for yards on the run helped the team ultimately emerge victorious.

Great stuff from our franchise quarterback. Doesn't get much better than that.