One criticism levied against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is that he doesn’t spread the ball around enough to all of the team’s skill-position players.
Prior to Antonio Brown’s calf injury, he was having by far the most productive season of any wide receiver in the NFL. Running back Le’Veon Bell is having career-best season running the ball, but he is also the Steelers’ second-leading receiver, trailing only Brown. The two of them combined for 181 receptions on the season going into Week 16, while the rest of the team had 160 receptions combined.
However, one way that Roethlisberger is spreading the wealth is with touchdowns. He threw a touchdown pass to Steelers wide receiver Justin Hunter in the first half of their Week 16 matchup against the Houston Texans. Hunter is the 10th different player who Roethlisberger has thrown a touchdown pass to this season, per ESPN Stats and Info.
Justin Hunter is the 10th different player Ben Roethlisberger has thrown a touchdown to this season.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 25, 2017
Brown leads the Steelers with 9 touchdown receptions, but he’s followed by rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster who has 5. Wide receiver Martavis Bryant and tight end Jesse James are tied for third with 3 touchdown receptions.
With that type of skill-position talent, if Roethlisberger spreads the ball around a little bit more during the playoffs, the offense will be unstoppable.