2004 Steelers 34 vs Browns 23
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07-17-2017, 02:14 AM

2004 Steelers 34 vs Browns 23

Rookie of the year Ben Roethlisberger, becoming more comfortable and productive with each start, confuses Cleveland with his running and creativity as the Steelers win their 3rd in a row. The first classic Big Ben moment comes when Roethlisberger scrambles to his right to elude the rush and gets leveled by Orpheus Roye, but still finds Plaxico Burress deep downfield for 51 yards to the Cleveland 9. Two plays later, un-rattled by the hit, Big Ben powers up the middle for a 6-yard TD run. Ben's mobility also sets up a 37-yard bomb to Burress that makes it 24-10 midway through the 3rd quarter. Roethlisberger rolls out of the pocket, freezing the defense and allowing Burress to slip five yards behind Cleveland DB's for an unguarded touchdown. Burress makes 6 catches for 136 yards and Duce Staley compliments Roethlisberger's performance (16 of 21 for 231 yards, 1 TD pass, 1 TD run) by scoring on a 25-yard run on Pittsburgh's 3rd offensive play and gaining 117 yards on 21 carries, his 3rd consecutive 100-yard game. Meanwhile, Bettis scores his 6th TD of season. 
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07-21-2017, 03:54 PM

I wonder what would've happened in 2004 if Tommy Maddox never gotten injured? I think Cowher would've started him against Cleveland & Cincinnati & had Ben sit
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07-21-2017, 07:19 PM

(07-21-2017, 03:54 PM)Guest Wrote: I wonder what would've happened in 2004 if Tommy Maddox never gotten injured? I think Cowher would've started him against Cleveland & Cincinnati & had Ben sit

Oh, there's no question. Ben was in there at this point of the season ONLY because Maddox couldn't play. 

But by the time the Philly game was over, it was pretty clear that Tommy Maddox was never going to get his starting job back in Pittsburgh.
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07-27-2017, 10:18 AM

The plan was Maddox for one, or two more years then Ben.

But it was apparent, even in pre-season, that Ben was farther along than even Cowher would have liked to admit.

But Cowher didn't want Ben. The ONLY QB Cowher wanted was his boy Rivers from his beloved NC State.
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