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Steelers lead the league at throwing the ball at or behind the line of scrimmage on third-and-long

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Overall, the Steelers offense has been painful to watch this year. But the most mind-boggling part is the passes that are well short of the first down marker on third-and-long. I'm not sure if it's Matt Canada's play-calling or Ben Roethlisberger is just checking it down and not making the proper reads. Regardless, it makes just no sense.

According to Warren Sharp of Sharp Football, no team throws the ball at or behind the line of scrimmage on third-and-long like the Steelers, who have a league-high 24 attempts. Of those Steelers' 24 attempts short of the line to gain on third-and-long, only one has been converted.

The next closest team is the Texans at 17 attempts, who have a rookie quarterback in Davis Mills.

In the Steelers' 26-14 win over the Browns on Monday night, Roethlisberger completed 24 of 46 passes (52.2%) for 123 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and a quarterback rating of 56.3. Roethlisberger averaged just 2.7 yards per pass attempt.

According to NFL on CBS, Roethlisberger had the fewest yards per attempt in a game, among quarterbacks with 45+ passes ever. Roethlisberger has thrown for 159 years or fewer in each of his last three games. It's a combination of issues, as the wide receivers haven't been playing well, either. However, one thing is clear, the Steelers' passing game is broken.

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