Ben Roethlisberger discusses Steelers as double-digit underdogs against Chiefs: ‘Let’s go play and have fun’


The Pittsburgh Steelers clearly hear what is being said outside the facility ahead of Sunday night’s showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The game is a rematch against the Kansas City Steelers 36-10 on December 26. And, given that Pittsburgh is a 12.5-point underdog, tipsters expect the Chiefs to overwhelm the Steelers again. This fact has not escaped the notice of Ben Roethlisberger, who used self-mockery when asked about his team’s role as a decided underdog.

“We haven’t discussed it, but I guess as a group you understand that we’re probably not supposed to be here,” Roethlisberger said on Wednesday. “We’re probably not a very good football team. Out of the 14 teams in it, we’re probably number 14. We’re double-digit underdogs in the playoffs. So let’s just play, have fun and see what happens. “

Roethlisberger offered a similar response when asked what the difference is between being an underdog in the playoffs and being the favorite. Unlike this time around, the Steelers have been favored and at home the last three times they have entered the playoffs.

“We’re probably 20-point underdogs, and we’re going into the No.1 team that has won the AFC the last two years,” Roethlisberger said. “Probably the best football team. We don’t stand a chance so let’s just play and have fun.”

Sarcasm aside, Roethlisberger said he spoke to his young teammates about the increased importance of taking care of playoff football. He added that he also stressed the importance of playing fast, freely and having fun. The Steelers, after all, weren’t even supposed to be in this situation after a 1-3 start and need to win and see several other things fall in their favor in Week 18.

But things fell into place for the Steelers, who also took care of their own business by coming in from behind to defeat the Ravens in overtime. At 9-7-1, the Steelers made the playoffs for the 12th time in Roethlisberger’s Season 18 as a Pittsburgh quarterback.

“It’s special,” Roethlisberger said of the playoff opportunity. “I don’t think nobody knew if we were going to be here. I didn’t know if I would talk to you again.… I just try to never take it for granted and enjoy every minute of it, because we don’t. don’t know if we’ll be here next week.

Roethlisberger made one of the most unlikely playoffs in NFL history. In 2005, the Steelers won the Super Bowl as the sixth seed, while also sending out Jerome Bettis as the champion in his final season. Similarities have already been made between this team and the current Steelers team. Roethlisberger is not ready to make comparisons.

“I don’t want to take anything away from this team, but they were a pretty good football team,” Roethlisberger said. “We had Hall of Fame members and all that. Not that we don’t have great footballers here. We have a long way to go to compare ourselves to this team, in my opinion.”

Roethlisberger has an idea of ​​what would need to happen for this Pittsburgh side to have a chance to be compared to the 2005 squad, starting with Sunday night’s game at Arrowhead Stadium.

“There is going to be a storm, you have to weather it,” Roethlisberger said. “You hope you produce a bit of a storm for them too.… We’re just going to go out and play, worry free, and whatever happens, happens.”

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