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Ben Roethlisberger shoulders blame for Steelers’ red zone failures

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The Pittsburgh Steelers narrowly defeated a depleted Baltimore Ravens squad on Wednesday. The game was much closer than it should’ve been, as Pittsburgh’s struggles in the red zone were apparent. Following the game, Ben Roethlisberger pitted the blame on himself for the Steelers being unable to convert when they got close.

“I need to be more accurate with my passes. I need to give them better chances to make the plays”, he said after the game, via the team’s official site. “There were some plays made today when they needed to be. Look at the James Washington catch. What an unbelievable play by him to go up and make the play”.

Throughout the game, the Steelers had plenty of opportunities to score points in the red zone. However, a mixture of drops from wide receivers and off-target passes from Roethlisberger led to Pittsburgh settling for field goals — or even zero points — in the red zone.

Despite the team’s underwhelming performance, Roethlisberger wanted to shift the focus to the good plays the Steelers made during the course of the game.

“I don’t want to talk about the negative”, he added, seemingly acknowledging the fact that there were plays to be made that were not. “I’d like to talk about that positive play that he made. Plus, a lot of JuJu’s plays were tough, grind-it-out plays”.

Early in the fourth quarter, JuJu Smith-Schuster made a gritty play, catching a pass and stiff-arming Tramon Williams en route to getting the ball inside the five-yard line. The drive would result in Smith-Schuster catching a touchdown from Roethlisberger, extending Pittsburgh’s lead to 19-7.

There were certainly a ton of plays that the Steelers would love to have back in Wednesday night’s contest. Pittsburgh will look to fix the mistakes on offense as they prepare to face the Washington Football Team in Week 13.