There was a time when the Pittsburgh Steelers playing away from Heinz Field meant bad things were coming for the black-and-gold. After all, if you walk up to any true Steelers fan and ask them if they know what “Road Ben” is, they will tell you about the struggles quarterback Ben Roethlisberger often experiences on the field when away from the ‘Big Ketchup Bottle’.
For all the talk about Roethlisberger’s play, and the team’s play away from Pittsburgh, the team has done nothing but win while on the road in their last 17 regular season road games.
Check out this incredible stat from Missi Matthews of Steelers.com:
The #Steelers are now 15-1-1 in the team’s last 17 regular-season road games, dating back to Nov. 20, 2016, at Cleveland.— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) November 18, 2018
If you are like me, you read this statistic and wonder what is different about the team on the road which has resulted in so much success since 2016?
Ben Roethlisberger was asked this very question during his weekly Wednesday media availability, and he shed some light on what he feels might lead to the team winning when hitting the road.
“I don’t know. It’s almost one of those you are going into the lion’s den, everyone against however you want to say it. You just have to be uber focused and I guess we’ve been doing that recently.”
Are there any superstitions to the Steelers during there current winning streak/road success?
“No, honestly, I used to be superstitious when I was younger playing. I think growing up in high school or college you get those things but the older I get the more I understand. Like my faith, if you have a faith-based life, and you believe in God and all these things then superstition isn’t really real.”
Whatever the reason for the team’s success on the road, superstitions or something else, the hope is the team can continue this style of play in Week 12 when they travel to Mile High to play the Denver Broncos is another big AFC contest.
To see all of Roethlisberger’s media session, check the video below:
Ben Roethlisberger discusses John Elway, the Broncos defense and the depth on the offensive line. pic.twitter.com/wa0rEmYgXd— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 21, 2018