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Steelers vs. Jets: Ben Roethlisberger looking to cash in on broken secondary

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It should be open season for Big Ben in terms of the Steelers' passing game.

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Undrafted free agent Marcus Williams of three-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State University was tabbed by Jets head coach Rex Ryan to help his team's ailing secondary.

He hasn't really improved it any.

Williams was one of several cornerbacks who have taken snaps for the Jets this season. And for a defense that's typically had one of the better secondaries in the NFL over the last few years, the freefall of their back four players typifies the Jets' current state of failure.

None of this will bother Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the hottest player in the NFL. If Roethlisberger should not have thrown six touchdown passes against the Colts in Week 8, he definitely shouldn't have thrown six more against the pass rush-loaded Ravens in Week 9. Based on what's happened so far, and undrafted FCS rookies starting at cornerback, Roethlisberger should throw for another nine touchdowns, and probably around 700 yards.

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Those stats aren't likely to materialize. But that doesn't mean the Steelers should not have a heavy concentration of passing set up in their game plan - all of it centered around Roethlisberger.

Pride is never short from Ryan and by extension, his players. Games aren't played on paper, and a backs-against-the-wall Jets team should pose a danger to the Steelers' three game win streak. All three of those wins - the Steelers were underdogs in two of them - came in the friendly and sometimes empty confines of Heinz Field. How Roethlisberger and the Steelers will maintain their current hot streak on the road remains to be seen but a team still looking to play consistently with players who can get the job done may be enough to see Ben put up another monster Fantasy week.