'Winning football games is most important'

The best photos of QB Ben Roethlisberger from the 2015 season.

Ben Roethlisberger isn't concerned about how others perceive him in relation to his fellow NFL quarterbacks.

Eventually, Roethlisberger suspects, he'll find his proper place in such comparisons.

"To me, winning football games is most important, not stats or where they're going to put me in a ranking," Roethlisberger said.

"I just know that one day they're going to look back and be like, 'Man, we didn't give this guy enough credit.'"

He's getting plenty these days for leading a Steelers offense that has scored 30 or more points in a franchise-record five consecutive games.

Roethlisberger is quick to maintain his receivers are likewise deserving of credit, among others.

"They make me better," he said this week on the WDVE Morning Show. "I hope that I make them better. That, to me, is the sign of a good group, that you push each other, you make each other better, you bail each other out when someone doesn't do something right.

"Honestly, to me, it starts up front. The guys up front are as good as a group that I've ever had. When they give me time to make the reads, to stay in the pocket, not get sacked, then all I have to do is throw the ball and let the other guys do all the work."

The Steelers will have plenty of work to do on Sunday at Heinz Field against a Denver Broncos' defense ranked No. 1 in the NFL in yards per game (272.5), points per game (17.3), sacks (44) and defensive touchdowns (five).

Here is a look at the statistical leaders for the both the Steelers and Broncos heading into the Week 15 contest at Heinz Field.

The Steelers may choose to slug it out with the Broncos.

But the Steelers can also attempt to air it out if they decide to play it that way, an indication of how much Roethlisberger, the offense and the way the game is being played have all evolved.

"The NFL has changed since I started playing," Roethlisberger said. "When we had Coach (Bill) Cowher, at halftime, if we had a one-point lead you knew you were going to throw the ball one to two times in the second half. You knew you were going to turn around and hand it off, hand it off, hand it off. We won football games. We won a Super Bowl (following the 2005 season) kinda doing that even though in the playoffs the year we kinda came out throwing, threw the ball a lot.

"The league has changed so much you have to have the guys on the outside like we have now. And you have to be able to throw it 30, 40, 50 times a game."

STATUS REPORT
PROBABLE - S Will Allen (not injury related), LB Bud Dupree (back), CB William Gay (not injury related), LB James Harrison (not injury related), TE Heath Miller (rib), S Mike Mitchell (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (knee), TE Matt Spaeth (knee), RB DeAngelo Williams (illness)

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