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Is Big Ben trippin?
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As you may know, from the month of May through August football fans are bored out of heir fucking minds from May until training camp starts in July. Once the draft ends, there isn’t shit going on besides mini camp drill highlights, wild sportscaster predictions and petty headlines.

In recent news, Ben Roethlisberger’s reaction to the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting quarterback Mason Rudolph in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft seems to be the most petty of headlines floating around. Although NFL draft analysts applauded the Steelers for plucking the talented quarterback off the board, Big Ben was baffled by the pick.

 “I was surprised when they took a quarterback because I thought that maybe in the third round, you know you can get some really good football players that can help this team now," said Ben during an interview on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan.

Critics took his statement as a shot at Rudolph. Is Ben's statement a sign of fear? Is this a changing of the guard, marking the end of the Ben Roethlisberger era?

....hell naw...

This is Ben Roethlisberger we’re talking about here. Do you really think a Super Bowl-winning, 500 yard-a-game passing future Hall of Famer is worried about a rookie coming in to take his spot?

Absolutelty not!

Big Ben is trying win another Super Bowl so his crippled ass can retire. Clearly the Steelers aren’t trying to help him do that. Drafting ANOTHER quarterback in the 3rd round, after drafting one last year in the 4th and another one in the 3rd two years before does nothing for the immediate future.

The Steelers are a few players away from being the most dominant team in the AFC. They just lost the biggest focal point of their defense with Ryan Shazier’s injury, and saw their Pro Bowl Center Mike Pouncey leave for the Chargers in free agency. Where does a 3rd round quarterback help here? Is Josh Dobbs and Landry Jones not the answer? They’re basically the same quarterback as Mason Rudolph.

Don’t get me wrong, finding a franchise QB is about as hard as finding Boardwalk in McDonald's Monopoly, so I get the reason why they selected him, But if I was in Ben's shoes, I’d react the same way.

NFL divisional playoff preview

If the divisional round of the NFL playoffs is anything near the excitement of the wild card round, NFL fans should get ready to be on the edge of the couch all weekend! Let’s look at this week’s matchups.

Atlanta Falcons @ Philadelphia Eagles, 4:35pm ET - NBC, Saturday,  January 13

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The battle of the birds. The Falcons are coming off a huge win over the Rams and will look to carry that momentum into Philadelphia this weekend. The Falcons have playmakers all over the field with an experienced group of wideouts in Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu and a veteran quarterback in Matt Ryan who is looking to lead the Falcons back to the Superbowl. The Eagles defense is stingy giving up only 306.9 yards per game, good for fourth in the league, so a big day from Julio is needed for Atlanta to put up some points.

The Eagles go into the playoffs without star quarterback Carson Wentz, who was having an MVP caliber season before going down with a season ending ACL injury. Nick Foles will have a tall task in trying to prove himself against a Falcons secondary that came up huge last week, but if the Falcons can manage to keep pressure on Foles, expect Saturday to be a long day for the Eagles.

Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots, 8:15pm ET - CBS, Saturday, January 13

(Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

(Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

Are we really expecting the Titans to go into New England and dethrone the Patriots? Anything is possible after the Titans pulled off the unlikely upset last week against the Chiefs in a tough environment. The Titans will look to be road warriors again and defy the odds and they are not looking to back down.

“It’s a playoff game," safety Kevin Byard said about the upcoming game, "so it’s not like it’s the preseason where I can go out there, ‘Oh, it’s Brady,’ and I’m chillin’…This is a playoff game. So I don’t really care if it was Joe Montana... I’m trying to go out there and win the game. I want to make him look like Blake Bortles.”

Beard led the league with eight interceptions and had two huge picks in the season finale against the Jaguars to help clinch a playoff spot. But the Patriots aren’t the Jags or the Chiefs. Tom Brady is 6-1 all time against the Titans and has only thrown one interception against them in his career. This is a David and Goliath matchup, but expect Brady and the Patriots to try and put the Titans away early.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:05pm ET- CBS, Sunday, January 14

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Jaguars handled the Steelers in a 30-9 week 5 win in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have been much better since then, finishing 13-3 and proving to be one of the best teams in the league. The league’s leading receiver Antonio Brown has been out since week 15 with a calf injury, but he plans to play against the Jags. Bne Roethlisberger was terrible in their first matchup, throwing five interceptions and no touchdowns.

Blake Bortles was no better last week against the Bills, having more yards rushing than he did passing, and with a hot crowd behind them, the Steelers defense could get after the Jaguars offense. Jacksonville will need to play tough defense and grind this one out on the ground to keep the Steelers offense off the field if they plan to keep up in this game.

New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings, 4;40pm ET - FOX, Sunday, January 14

(JIM MONE/AP)

(JIM MONE/AP)

The Vikings flexed their muscles on the Saints at home, defeating them 29-19 in week one. But since then, Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook have both went down to injury. Insert running backs Jerrick McKinnon and Latavius Murray, and quarterback Case Keenum, who has been efficient all season throwing for 3547 yards with 22 touchdowns 7 interceptions and a 67.6 completion rating. The Vikings boast the top ranked defense in the league in yards per game and the Saints explosive offense ranked second in total yards during the regular season.

The Saints will have their hands full trying to shutdown receiver Adam Thielen, who caught 91 balls for 1276 yards this season. But don't count out the Saints, who always have a chance with Drew Brees at quarterback. This game could go either way, and it will take all four quarters (and maybe more) for this game to be decided.