Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who got hit on two penalized plays in Monday night’s 30-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, pointed out NFL viewership could be affected by the flags.
“There’s a lot of them,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t want to criticize the officiating, especially when you’re talking about a penalty that helps the quarterback out. I was surprised at the first one. The second one I thought was legit. He hit me in the helmet. It was kind of like hearing that loud ring when your helmet gets hit.
The game featured four roughing the passer penalties (two by each team), tied for the most in a single game since 2001, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information.
Interestingly enough, Ben was looking for more flags. Or was is just a reflex?
I think I just saw a Ben Roethlisberger do a NBA style flop from a slight head hit by a DE “What are we doing here?” #MNF pic.twitter.com/P1tYbBYt3i
— WonderousATX (@wonderousATX) September 25, 2018
And of course there’s that whole Stormy Daniels incident, so maybe we just can’t trust Ben’s judgement.