BREAKING; Ben Roethlisberger said today that Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns is likely his final game at Heinz Field, his first public indication he will retire after the season.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) December 30, 2021
His career win-loss record (including the postseason) is 174-88-1.
69 of those wins (40 percent) came at the expense of three teams.
Not surprisingly, these teams are the Steelers’ AFC North rivals.
The Steelers won 11 AFC North titles in Roethlisberger’s 18 seasons with the most recent happening in 2020.
Here are the three teams Roethlisberger has beaten the most in reverse order; postseason games are included.
3. Baltimore Ravens, 18 Wins
Ben Roethlisberger is undefeated vs the Ravens during the Lamar Jackson era pic.twitter.com/iG7anecrQU
— Crippling Depression V2 😔😔 (7-7-1) (@VintageBigBenV2) December 9, 2021
The Baltimore Ravens managed to get 11 wins off of Roethlisberger’s Steelers; however, he won 18 in the head-to-head matchups.
Roethlisberger’s final game as a Steeler will be in Baltimore against the Ravens in Week 18.
2. Cleveland Browns, 25 Wins
Roethlisberger owns the Browns; he has since day one.
The first game I remember watching as a Steelers fan was Week 5 in 2004. I was in kindergarten. It was Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie season. This was his first game against the Browns.
— Jarrett Bailey (@JBaileyNFL) December 28, 2021
The trademark Roethlisberger style shone forth even as a rookie in his first meeting with the Browns.
He is 25-3-1 in his career against them.
The Browns turned the tide last year by defeating Roethlisberger and the Steelers in the Wild Card round of the playoffs at Heinz Field.
Many thought that would be his last home game as a Steeler.
Almost one year later, it is the Browns again who Roethlisberger meets in Heinz Field for a final time.
The Browns dropped the first game of the 2021 series to the Steelers in Cleveland.
This Steelers team will play hard on Monday to give Roethlisberger a winning farewell party.
1. Cincinnati Bengals, 26 Wins
Monday night will be Ben Roethlisberger’s final game at Heinz Field.
— Jarrett Bailey (@JBaileyNFL) December 31, 2021
The Cincinnati Bengals are surging and are poised to win the AFC North division for the first time since 2015.
The Steelers have 26 wins against Cincinnati against just 10 losses with Roethlisberger under center.
Two of those losses happened in 2021 as Joe Burrow‘s Bengals swept the Steelers.
Many Opposing Quarterbacks
The other AFC North starting quarterbacks — Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield and Joe Burrow — will be entering their collective 10th seasons in 2021 … https://t.co/0FMb4enbtB
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) December 21, 2020
As a testament to both his success and longevity, Roethlisberger has been the face of his team for 18 years.
He has not played every game; injury is the only thing that kept him from being the Steelers starter in those years.
The same cannot be said for the Ravens, Bengals, or Browns who at times struggled to find a starter for at least a duration of the time Roethlisberger has been in Pittsburgh.
The worst offenders are the Browns who have had 28 starters during Roethlisberger’s stint with the Steelers.
Football is growing and changing.
Roethlisberger, should he opt to retire, may be the last of a generation that plays his entire career with the same NFL team.
On top of that, it has been a long career.
With Ben Roethlisberger confirming this season is likely his last, he will have played 18 seasons, all with the Steelers.
That's the longest tenure for any QB in NFL history to play with just one team.
A Steeler from start-to-finish.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 30, 2021
Roethlisberger’s career has been very successful, but this may be the most impressive statistic of all.