When Ben Roethlisberger walked onto the field for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Cleveland Browns in Week 10, it wasn't as the starting quarterback. Roethlisberger was serving as the backup quarterback for Landry Jones, who was injured midway through the first quarter of the game. Fans held their breath as Roethlisberger, who suffered a mid-foot sprain in the team's Week 9 game against the Oakland Raiders, took his first few snaps.
The stadium exhaled, and continued to cheer as Roethlisberger pile up 379 yards and 3 touchdowns on the day, enough to earn him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for Week 10.
QB Ben Roethlisberger is AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Well deserved. AB shoulda won it the week before, too.— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) November 18, 2015
The honor was Roethlisberger's second of the 2015 season, and the 13th of his career. It also should be noted this is the first time he has won any type of award coming off the bench in relief.
Most thought Antonio Brown would win the same award for his monstrous performance against the Raiders the previous week, but he was overlooked in the long run for Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Steelers now get to sit back and watch a weekend of football as they have their bye week and will be looking to get healthy for their final 6 games of the regular season.