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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