When Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took to the airwaves for his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, there was plenty to talk about. The upcoming game against the Seattle Seahawks, his injured foot and knee and playing in Seattle for the first time in his career.
Possibly the most important topic discussed was Roethlisberger's health. For November football, Roethlisberger said he feels about as good as expected for this time of year. However is he 100-percent healthy? That might be stretching it a bit.
"As healthy as you can be this time of year," Ben said in describing himself. "The foot is getting better, the knee feels good, you know it will take an offseason probably to get 100% but I feel well enough to hopefully play some good football."
Mike Tomlin echoed such a sentiment in his weekly press conference as he stated for November football, Roethlisberger is "great". However, the team's Week 12 opponent, the 5-5 Seattle Seahawks, will be a very difficult test for the Steelers offense.
"Physical, get up, get their hands on us," Ben described the Seahawks' defense. "Obviously we know about their secondary but their pass rush really gets after it. Their front seven is as good as it gets as well and they're going to get after it. Another big challenge for our O-line especially being that we'll have to use the silent count, so that's advantage them and their pass rush."
One thing which might have escaped the major news is how playing in Seattle will mean Roethlisberger has played in every NFL city and venue, barring any new stadiums like the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium, and he is looking forward to experiencing "the 12th man" up-close-and-personal this Sunday.
"It's the last stadium I haven't played in and heard a lot of amazing stories about Seattle and their fans and how loud it is there, so excited to go up there and play a great football team," Roethlisberger said.
"That's all I've heard is it's the loudest place," Ben said. "I'm excited, I know their fans are passionate. I'll be interested to see how many Steelers fans, if there's any Terrible Towels up there, I know that every place that I've gone to date there's been tons, so it will be interesting to see how many, I know there will be some, but how many will be up there."
"I'm excited. I'm excited for, like I said, the atmosphere that I've heard so much about, you see it on TV, you hear it. I assume that they're over the Super Bowl from '05, but maybe not, so maybe there's still going to be some hard feelings, I don't know."
Hard feelings or not, the Steelers will be tested on both offense and defense against the back-to-back NFC Champions Sunday, and if they are able to win their 7th game of the 2015 season, it could catapult them into the upper echelon of teams as they push towards the postseason.