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Big Ben Roethlisberger is imploding, and that's magnificent news for Patriots

Alex Reimer
November 29, 2018 - 1:26 pm

Big Ben Roethlisberger has been acting like a big baby recently with a proclivity to throw some atrocious interceptions. It’s some of the best news the Patriots have received about their playoff chances all season.

The Broncos ousted the Steelers 24-17 last week, with Roethlisberger throwing a game-ending pick on the two-yard line to defensive lineman Shelby Harris. The throw was an abomination, but that’s not how Roethlisberger saw it. Instead, he blamed Antonio Brown for running a bad route.

“AB, you have to come flat,” Roethlisberger said about the play, per the Washington Post. “You can’t drift in the end zone, because those undercuts can happen.”

Roethlisberger also threw an interception directly into the arms of cornerback Chris Harris Jr., setting up a Broncos touchdown. Big Ben has tossed five picks over the last two weeks, which must mean he is gearing up for December. Last year, Roethlisberger threw a horrendous goal-line interception against the Patriots, and went on to blame then-offensive coordinator Todd Haley for his shortcoming. 

Even a new offensive coordinator hasn’t stopped Roethlisberger from criticizing the Steelers’ play-calling. This week, he said all of the Steelers’ pass plays on the goal line should’ve been intended for JuJu Smith-Schuster, who caught a 97-yard touchdown earlier in the contest. 

Roethlisberger also lambasted rookie wideout James Washington for dropping a ball in the third quarter. “He has to make it,” Roethlisberger said

It’s a tired act from Roethlisberger, and worst of all, he doesn’t seem to possess any self-awareness. In an interview Wednesday, he defended his right to publicly chastise his teammates. 

Being around for a long time with a lot of different players,” Roethlisberger said, per Trib Live. “You have to know how to motivate different guys in different ways. I think that’s part of being a leader, being a captain, just understanding players. Sometimes you just grab them off to the side, and sometimes you have to be honest with them.”

On paper, it looks like the Steelers are the toughest matchup remaining on the Patriots’ schedule, especially considering the game is at Heinz Field. It will likely decide who gets the No. 2 seed, or perhaps even leapfrogs the Chiefs for the top spot.

And right on cue, the Steelers’ seem like they're on the verge of self-combusting. Per usual, Big Ben is leading the way.