PITTSBURGH -- Ben Roethlisberger says the Steelers could run more no-huddle offense Thursday at Indianapolis, which makes total sense.
He's playing the Colts. And against the Colts, Roethlisberger identifies with obscene passing stats.
Consider this stat line from Roethlisberger's two-game stretch against Indianapolis from 2014-15: 64-of-88 passing for 886 yards, 10 touchdowns, zero interceptions and two wins. Both games were at home, but those numbers are wild in any setting.
He set a franchise record with 522 passing yards in a 51-34 win over the Colts two years ago. The 522 yards are tied for fourth in NFL history for a single game.
Guard David DeCastro treats Roethlisberger's performances against the Colts are sort of like a pitcher throwing a no-hitter. Just leave him alone. "When he’s on, he’s on. Not too many guys better than him," DeCastro said. "The ball's coming out quick, not thinking, receivers are getting open. Kind of one of those things when everything is rolling.
"Ben gets in the zone, it’s contagious."
Coach Mike Tomlin points out "it's a new year" with the Colts, who have the Lucas Oil Stadium advantage and plenty of defensive playmakers.
But obviously Roethlisberger has found a matchup he likes against Indy, which has struggled against him like NFL teams rarely do against quarterbacks.
ESPN Stats & Information found a few examples of star quarterbacks torching a team over a two-game period, and the overall numbers aren't as strong:
Aaron Rodgers: 72.7 completion percentage, 617 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Bears in 2014.
Peyton Manning: 57-of-65 passing (87.7 percent), 640 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Raiders in 2013.
Tom Brady: 54-of-68 passing (79.4 percent) for 684 yards, nine touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Bills in 2007.
Roethlisberger has hit the 300-yard passing mark once in five road games this year, but the Steelers' offense looked excellent on turf in the preseason against the Saints.
If Roethlisberger wants to run the no-huddle, guard Ramon Foster knows what to do.
"Follow him," he said.