Speaking of struggles, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger just laid a complete egg in Week 5. He threw a horrifying five-interceptions, two of which turned into pick-sixes. Needless to say, the Steelers lost to the Jaguars at home by the score of 30-9.
It was enough of a dumpster fire performance that the Steelers should legitimately be worried about their veteran signal caller’s capabilities. After the game, Big Ben had a disturbing admission.
“Maybe I don’t have it anymore, he said, via Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network.”
Is Roethlisberger indeed washed up or did he just have a bad game? To date, the Steelers have a 3-2 record and Roethlisberger has thrown just six touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. He is also completing only 61.5 percent of his passes which marks the lowest of his career since 2010.
Roethlisberger and the offense overall are just not the fine-tuned machine we watched last year. This might well be Roethlisberger’s final season if he continues to unravel.
49ers destined to remain winless
The 49ers are building for the future. A future that might not be seen anytime in 2017. The team’s defense is allowing the third-most yards (366.4) on average per game. On offense, the 17.8 points this team is averaging simply won’t get it done.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer is surely not the long-term solution. But San Francisco made its bed by picking him up in free agency while failing to add a signal-caller early in the 2017 NFL Draft. So Far, Hoyer has thrown four touchdowns compared to four interceptions and is completing less than 60 percent of his pass attempts.
Securing points is a huge issue and it is a major red flag that kicker Robbie Gould has scored 42 of the 89 total points the 49ers have on the books. The 49ers rank 31st in third-down conversions and have managed to complete only 29.7 percent of their opportunities.
A stretch of tough opponents next, including a road game against the Washington Redskins and home matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, awaits the team. It also does not help that the 49ers do not get a rest until their Week 11 bye. Ouch.
Arizona Cardinals in desperation mode
The Cardinals (2-3) look like a team that cannot recover from losing running back David Johnson in Week 1. But, they need to if they want any shot at playing in the postseason. In a desperate move to revive an anemic run game, the team traded for veteran rusher Adrian Peterson. Though, expecting miracles from the 32-year-old running back, playing with the Cardinals shoddy offensive line, would be a stretch.
To this point, the Cardinals are the lowest-scoring team in their division, averaging just 16.2 points per game. Meanwhile, the team is giving up 25 points on average each week. The touchdowns are too few and far between with only six passing and one rushing score on record through five games. We touched on Arizona’s problematic offensive line. It has sadly allowed quarterback Carson Palmer to be hit a league-high 50 times. No quarterback at the age of 37 deserves this.
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