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PlayLine NFL Projection Week 4 : Ben Roethlisberger

Josh Engleman



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Today, I’ll be projecting the expected yards for Ben Roethlisberger tonight against the Baltimore Ravens. Roethlisberger is one of four quarterbacks (Joe Flacco, Patrick Mahomes, Case Keenum) in the “ Preswnts: $1,000,000 Perfect Line Bonus + $5,000GTD – The Rocket Launcher ($1,500 to 1st!)“.

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Ben Roethlisberger

For those of you that have checked out our previous PlayLine articles for basketball and/or baseball, you’ll know that we like to start out projections with a baseline. For the NFL, we’re only looking at one stat: passing yards. To start, I grabbed Roethlisberger’s game logs from Pro Football Reference. I used all of 2017, plus his three games from 2018, to form my base. Over 18 games, Roethlisberger had the following rates:

Average: 300 yards

Standard Deviation: 77 yards

Now, because of the small sample, I’m not really getting a ton out of these numbers. Based on our previous suggestions, I would advocate projecting Roethlisberger between 145 and 450 yards. Clearly, that’s not helpful and anyone can do that. I do think that the average is a good place to start, though. Following up on that, it looks like a relatively nice night in Pittsburgh. The current weather report shows partly cloudy skies, light wind and a 68 degree temperature. I see nothing in the weather that would lead me to think Ben couldn’t exceed his average.

What could hamper him, however, is the Baltimore Ravens defense. Through three games, the Ravens have given up just 508 passing yards, with a net yards per attempt of 4.3. I would be nervous about those numbers, but the Vegas total for this game is 51 points. That’s the third highest total of all Sunday games. With a total that high, it makes me lean towards a higher passing output for Ben.

Using this information, I want to come in above his average, but not significantly so. I’m thinking something in the 350-375 yard range fits from a statistical perspective and from a logic perspective. If you’re less of a believer in the Steelers, I’d recommend the low end. If you’re not a huge advocate of the Ravens defense, you can comfortably lean towards the higher end.

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Josh is Contributor for where he hosts video and writes content regularly across the primary sports of MLB, NBA, and NFL as well as contributing to the development of models and projections for soccer. He originally started producing projections & articles for Reddit's r/DFSports in 2014 where he built a loyal following that brought him to where he is today. Josh is most known for his elaborate Excel spreadsheets, which he shares in all of his video content. You can find him on Twitter or hanging out in Awesemo's Premium Slack. You can contact Josh by emailing [email protected].

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