After taking a deeper look into the Pittsburgh Steelers season I came away with one big takeaway, the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger are a much different team on the road this season.
If you take a look at Roethlisberger's home and away splits you will notice the stark differences between the two.
Roethlisberger missed four games in the month of October due to an ankle injury he suffered against the St. Louis Rams. He missed two home games and two away games during that stretch, so that kept the home/away splits equal at six games.
The only loss the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered at home while Ben Roethlisberger was starting was against the Cincinnati Bengals. This was Ben's first game back from injury and he appeared a little rusty. Otherwise, the Steelers offense has been one of the best while playing at home.
In the five games the Pittsburgh Steelers won at home with Roethlisberger starting, they scored no less than 30 points in those games. They scored 43 points against the 49ers, 38 against the Raiders, 30 against the Browns, 45 against the Colts, and 34 against the Broncos. That averages out to 38 points per game at home during their five victories.
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Roethlisberger also averages 2.7 touchdowns per game while home and a little over one interception per game. Those are pretty good home numbers, but everything goes downhill on the road.
The Steelers only have a .500 record on the road in games that Roethlisberger started. The more troubling stat for Roethlisberger is the 2 to 1 Interception to touchdown ratio.
Their offense and point production even dips on the road when they win. In their three road wins with Ben, they averaged 24.3 per game. That's two touchdowns less than they score at home when they win.
An even more, troubling stat for Ben is that he only scored a total of three touchdowns in their road wins, all of which came on week 17 against the Cleveland Browns. He had no touchdowns against the Rams or the Bengals. Those games mostly consisted of DeAngelo Williams touchdowns, field goals, and defensive touchdowns.
So the point I'm trying to make is that we could see a much different Roethlisberger at Sports Authority Field at Mile High this Sunday than the one we saw at Pittsburgh a few weeks back. Also, add in the fact Ben could be missing his favorite target(Antonio Brown) and starting running back(DeAngelo Williams) this week, and he is dealing with an injury to his throwing shoulder.
This should be leaving the suddenly healthy Broncos and their fans pretty confident about the team's chances on Sunday. The Steelers are banged up, not a great road team, and the Broncos are healthy and looking for revenge.