Big Ben stands majestically in the north end of the Palace of Westminster a symbol of London's culture and a famously identifiable landmark that serves as a source of pride for the people of this British capital. At a height of 315 feet the Neo-gothic architectural tower houses the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world and produces the sounds that traditionally ring in Europe's new year. The main bell in the tower sometimes known as the Great Bell is what is actually called Big Ben. It is here a long way from Heinz Field that the Steelers hope their Big Ben regains his chime. It isn't so much that Ben Roethlisberger has suddenly become an erratic quarterback who couldn't throw a football in the River Thames from the Tower of London. On the contrary he passed for more than 400 yards last week against the Chicago Bears that included a couple spectacular touchdown throws to Antonio Brown. What is disturbing though is that Roethlisberger and the Steelers are 0-3 heading into today's 1 p.m. game against the equally winless Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium a start to the season that he and his teammates have never experienced. What's more the poor start -- the worst since 2000 -- is a continuation of how it all ended in 2012 when the Steelers lost three of their final four games to miss the playoffs. That slide came immediately after Roethlisberger returned from a three-game absence because of a shoulder and rib injury. Since his return Roethlisberger is in the throes of the worst seven-game stretch of his 10-year career. In that time he has posted a 1-6 record and generated more turnovers (14) than touchdowns (13). It is a rare dimension for the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback; for that matter it is rare for any two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
Big Ben mired in a rare slump for a winner
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Sep 29