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November 14, 2010

Steelers Better Without Ben?

I am not a sports fan, but I know how much the Steelers mean to Pittsburghers, and what the generally accepted wisdom is.

Big Ben Roethlisberger. The key player. He's the franchise. The man. Sure he's had some problems, but Pittsburgh needs him. Lucky to have him. Couldn't do without him. Glad he only got four weeks for that icky stuff.

Curiously, when you look at the Steelers' performance (in terms of winning games) this year the Steelers actually did better without Ben than they've done with Ben.

In fact, the Steelers (with Ben) would need to win the next three games straight to match their performance without Ben. The Steelers (with Ben) would need to win the next four games straight to exceed the non-Ben team's performance.

Week 1: AtlantaWINNo Ben75% WIN
Week 2: TennesseeWINNo Ben
Week 3: Tampa BayWINNo Ben
Week 4: BaltimoreLOSSNo Ben

Week 6: ClevelandWINBen60% WIN
Week 7: MiamiWINBen
Week 8: New OrleansLOSSBen
Week 9: CincinnatiWINBen
Week 10: New EnglandLOSSBen

Will we appreciate the irony if the Steelers would've been better off firing Ben?

Awaiting further data points.

Week 11: Oakland---Ben???
Week 12: Buffalo---Ben
Week 13: Baltimore---Ben
Week 14: Cincinnati---Ben
Week 15: NewYork Jets---Ben
Week 16: Carolina---Ben
Week 17: Cleveland---Ben


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