There are times when you’re sifting through the seemingly million Twitter handles who cover the NFL, and you stumble upon some tweets which actually make sense and are very revealing.
Often these snippets can stimulate a full-on article, but other times you want to share the information in an odds-and-ends format.
- Maybe Roethlisberger isn’t as bad as everyone thought
While most fans are busy talking about the end of the Ben Roethlisberger era and how poorly he’s played throughout the first eight games, maybe he isn’t as bad as most thought.
In 2016, Roethlisberger was near the top of the league in most “pickable passes”. What is a pickable pass? A pass which should have been intercepted but, for whatever reason, fell incomplete.
In 2017, Roethlisberger doesn’t even find himself on the list. Some may suggest he’s playing it safe most of the time, but this is certainly a step in the right direction after the 2016 season.
Most QB pickable passes (through Week 8)— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) November 3, 2017
- AB is good
As if you didn’t already know how good Antonio Brown is by now, maybe the following statistic will solidify just how great he is every single game.
Most clutch receptions (through Week 8)— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) November 3, 2017
A. Brown 36
M. Evans 31
M. Thomas 28
When it comes to clutch receptions, there’s no one better than Brown. Think about the clutch receptions he’s made so far this season. The game-winning touchdown catch against the Chiefs in Week 6. The game-clinching catch vs. the Browns in Week 1, and even the big play to set up the team’s first touchdown vs. the Lions in Week 8.
Yeah, AB isn’t just good, he’s great.
- Big Ben still loves the long ball, but the long ball doesn’t love him
Ben Roethlisberger has always been one to love the long ball, and the long ball usually loves him back. But in 2017 the feelings between the two haven’t been mutual. Roethlisberger is still chucking it deep, but more and more of those passes are falling to the turf.
Apologies, last chart was jacked up. Here's the % of 15+ air yard throws and the completion percentage on those throws this year. pic.twitter.com/jzPjPA9hoj— JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) November 3, 2017
What’s notable about this chart is that Roethlisberger has thrown the most deep passes of the quarterbacks listed and has the highest percentage of deep throws, but his 34.2-percent completion rate is middle-of-the-pack at best.
It isn’t as though the Steelers don’t have enough deep threats—the team just hasn’t connected on as many passes of 15-yards or more in the air. If the team is capable of connecting on a few of these--looking at you Martavis Bryant—it could put this offense over the top for the first time this season.