The Steelers’ four-game winning streak has quieted some of the criticism surrounding Ben Roethlisberger. The narrative has shifted from this unquestionably being Roethlisberger’s last season to the possibility of Roethlisberger returning for a 19th season in 2022.
While it is not always pretty, Roethlisberger is finding ways to help the Steelers win. In Monday night’s win over the Bears, Roethlisberger submitted his 50th career game-winning drive. It was his fourth game-winning drive of the 2021 season, an NFL best. And after a 1-3 start, Roethlisberger and the Steelers are 5-3 and right in the thick of things in the AFC playoff race.
“I wouldn’t make the assumption that it’s his last year,” CBS Sports NFL analyst Charles Davis said of Roethlisberger. “I don’t think he’s the issue that people want to make it out to be. In a lot of ways, he’s the glue holding them together.”
Davis points to the Steelers’ season-opening win over the Bills when detailing Roethlisberger’s impact. With a slew of new faces on offense that included four rookies and three new starters on the offensive line, the Steelers’ offense fell on Roethlisberger’s shoulders. After not scoring a point in the first half, Roethlisberger led the Steelers on four second half scoring drives that included his go-ahead touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson.
“They played that entire second half through Ben Roethlisberger,” Davis said, “and he carried them home — with the defense — that day.”