BEN ROETHLISBERGER** Quarterback
One year ago against this opponent at Heinz Field, Ben Roethlisberger passed for over 500 yards and threw six touchdown passes in a performance that was historic in some ways and merely magnificent in others while guiding the Steelers to a big win that served as something of a springboard for the team through the middle portion of its schedule. He couldn't possibly manufacture an encore against these same Indianapolis Colts, right?
Maybe not statistically, but in terms of significance and magnificence, Roethlisberger came awfully close. He finished by completing 24-of-39 (61.5 percent) for 364 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions, and a rating of 126.4. He also ran once for 13 yards to convert a third down. Roethlisberger had seven completions for 20-plus yards through the first three quarters during a game in which he completed passes to six different receivers, two of whom had over 100 yards, and three of whom caught at least one touchdown pass. And this 45-10 victory over Indianapolis was significant because it followed a loss in Seattle, and December is no time for losing streaks for a team fighting for a playoff spot.
Roethlisberger is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.
Also considered were Antonio Brown, who caught eight passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and also returned a punt 71 yards for another touchdown; DeAngelo Williams, who rushed for 134 yards on 26 carries (5.2 average) and caught five passes for 31 more to finish with 165 yards from scrimmage; James Harrison, who had seven tackles, including two for loss, plus three sacks, and a forced fumble; Martavis Bryant, who caught four passes for 114 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown; Jarvis Jones, whose first quarter interception at the goal line kept the Colts from capitalizing on an early turnover and taking a lead; Arthur Moats, who had three tackles, a sack, and a pass defensed; Vince Williams, who had seven tackles and a fumble recovery; Will Allen, who had three tackles, including one for loss, plus a sack; and Brandon Boykin, who had an interception and two passes defensed.