Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) gestures at the line of scrimmage against the Detroit Lions during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Roethlisberger named AFC Offensive Player of the Month


Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November, according to multiple sources.

Fox Sports reports that Roethlisberger is the first Steelers’ player to win the award since wide receiver Hines Ward in 2004.

After the worst start (0-4) in franchise history, via NFL.com, Roethlisberger and the Steelers have put together a 5-2 record since mid-October.

Pittsburgh went 3-1 in November, with victories over the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns.

Their lone loss was a 55-31 defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots on November 3rd.

Roethlisberger completed 97 out of 157 passes (61.8%) for 1,188 yards with 11 touchdowns to just three interceptions – for a passer rating of 100.5.

Pittsburgh sits at 5-6 on the season, tied with the Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins for the 6th and final playoff spot out of the AFC.

The Steelers are currently two games behind the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North for an automatic playoff berth, whom they play in week 15.

In fact, four out of their last 5 games are against teams with legitimate playoff hopes in Baltimore, Miami, Cincinnati and Green Bay, respectively.

Pittsburgh is going to need some more quality performances out of Big Ben.

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