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Old 10-07-2006, 04:04 PM   #11
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Default Re: Going out on a Limb: Ben has a good game

Originally Posted by theropodx View Post
I'm so tired of hearing armchair qb's in this forum toss out theories about Ben's performance. I've heard everything from "he's got post-tramatic stress disorder" to "he's jinxed."
Someone with an opinion based upon what they see on the football field does not make them 'arm-chair' QB's - it makes them football fans.

If these people were what you claim them to be, then you are no different yourself - albeit one whose 'passing cone' (copyright Madden) is probably pink due to the rose tinted glasses you wear.

Originally Posted by theropodx View Post
BS. The team (including Ben--but not as much as people say) has played poorly. Yes, Ben has thrown INTs, but many have come late in the game when errors by other players have forced the issue. Yes, he's missed passes, but rookie receivers were not following their routes. Yes he's been hurting, and he's rusty (there, I said it), but it's not PTSD or a jinx (whatever that is).
Ben has thrown awful pretty much all game, in both games with the exception of the first couple of series against JAX.

Originally Posted by theropodx View Post
I'd love to give a lesson in statistics, but I don't have the time and they wouldn't get it anyway. But in a nutshell:

Because both losses were one score losses, the distance between those games being won was slight. One less fumble, one more receiver where he's supposed to be--dozens of other non qb errors corrected--and we win those games. We could so easily be 3-0 right now and people would be going on about how great Ben is and how they knew all along he would snap right back. Right.
Im afraid you can't go back in time and award the Steelers extra points, without factoring in how that would affect the play of the opposition.

When teams are ahead they tend to play more conservative, when behind more aggressive - if the Steelers magically eliminated the mistakes - then who is to say the opposition wouldnt have responded.

Originally Posted by theropodx View Post
And that's the problem: people here (and everywhere) are so good at calling it AFTER it happens. So, I'm going to put my money where my mouth is. I predict:

1.) The last two games were a product of natural statistical variations more than anything else and odds are Ben will have a good game at SD, if not one of his best performances.

2.) Win or lose, Ben will start playing good again. What's more, the TEAM will start playing better, and we'll come out of this season with a strong finish.

So there you go. Laying out my opinions before the game, not after. Risky I know. Ya'll should try it too.
How much money are we talking?

I'll take a $10 bet with you, if you are willing to do it through paypal.

For the record, spinning a coin and have it come down heads 20 times consecutively does not make it more likely to fall tails on the next throw - that is established statistical theory.

2 bad QB games from Ben do not ensure a world beating performance is 'just around the corner, either.

You need to define the boundaries for Bens good performance.

Here are my thoughts/predictions.

Ben wont have a better than +1 TD to INT ratio.

Ben wont throw for better than 65% completion rate.

Ben wont have a QB rating of better than 85.0.

Fancy any of that action?

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