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Breaking down the offensive line that has kept Ben Roethlisberger clean since Week 8

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has been dynamic in many ways. The pick-your-poison style offense has been highlighted by versatile weapons like Diontae Johnson, Eric Ebron, James Washington, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool.

But those weapons can’t do any damage if the straw which stirs the offensive drink, Ben Roethlisberger, can’t deliver the passes necessary to move the ball. When it comes to the Steelers’ offensive line, they have done a tremendous job of protecting Roethlisberger throughout this 2020 regular season.

How well have they done? They have only allowed 10 sacks on the season, which is tied with the Indianapolis Colts for the lowest number of sacks allowed this season.

What are they doing so well? The answer to that is a lot of things, but NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger delivers one of his patented Baldy Breakdowns on the Steelers’ offensive line. This breakdown focuses on the Steelers’ pass protection in Week 11 vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Check it out:

For those who don’t know, here is the breakdown of Steelers offensive line, and the sacks they’ve surrendered during the season:

Week 1 at Giants: 2 sacks
Week 2 vs. Broncos: 1 sack
Week 3 vs. Texans: 2 sacks
Week 4: BYE
Week 5 vs. Eagles: 1 sack
Week 6 vs. Browns: 2 sacks
Week 7 at Titans: 0 sacks
Week 8 at Ravens: 2 sacks
Week 9 at Cowboys: 0 sacks
Week 10 vs. Bengals: 0 sacks
Week 11 at Jaguars: 0 sacks

The Steelers’ ability to protect Roethlisberger might be one of the most underrated aspects of the team’s success in 2020. Last season Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges struggled to manipulate the pocket, and therefore took unnecessary sacks. This was one of the reasons they average just north of 18 points per game in 2019, and are near 30 points per game in 2020.

Roethlisberger is checking off every box, not just as he returns from elbow surgery, to be considered a legitimate MVP candidate. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12 on Thursday Night Football.

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