Steelers still a playoff team; Roethlisberger MVP favorite

After falling to 6-4 with a loss to the 1-8 New York Jets, most Pittsburgh Steelers fans are worried once again that the Steelers are on the verge of missing the playoffs for a third straight year.
After three dominating wins against the Texans, Colts and Ravens at Heinz Field, the Steelers were arguably the hottest team in the NFL; they were 6-3 and tied for first in the AFC North, then laid a huge egg in New York against the Jets. There is cause for concern in Pittsburgh; however Steelers fans should keep calm. Even after the loss, Ben Roethlisberger is still, without a doubt, in the Most Valuable Player race.
10 weeks into the season, Roethlisberger has already passed for over 3,000 yards and is second in the league in passing yards. He is third in the NFL in passing touchdowns with 23, and he has only thrown five interceptions, one of those interceptions coming off of a dropped pass. Roethlisberger has a completion percentage of 68.5 and a quarterback rating of 107.3. This season, Big Ben threw six touchdowns in back-to-back games which is an NFL record.
Some may say that Peyton Manning or Tom Brady may be more deserving for this year’s MVP award; however Manning is having a typical all-pro Peyton Manning season. We are used to Manning’s teams dominating in the regular season while racking up a lot of yards; so while Manning is having another spectacular season, no one is surprised nor impressed. Manning also is playing with a higher ranked defense and more weapons on offense.
Last time I checked, Tom Brady still has the best coach in the league in Bill Belichick and is playing with the 12th ranked defense.
Roethlisberger is playing on a team with the 20th ranked defense, the most penalized team going into week 10 and the controversy of fans and the media criticizing the play-calling of his offensive coordinator Todd Haley almost every week.
Even though the Steelers are 6-4, three out of their last six games are against teams that have a record below 500. Two are against the struggling rival Cincinatti Bengals and a game against the Kansas City Chiefs who are not much of a threat.
The Steelers can easily finish the season with an 11-5 or 12-4 record and yes, Roethlisberger didn’t have the greatest game this past Sunday. However, I expect him to bounce back, and if Ben continues throwing two to three touchdowns a game and keeps his interceptions down, he will be the 2014 NFL MVP.

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