It's not a good day to be the leader of the preseason "Ben Roethlisberger for MVP" parade.
The thought process behind the now seemingly wayward prediction was that the veteran quarterback would be more comfortable in Todd Haley's offense and carry a Pittsburgh Steelers team with question marks at a plethora of positions.
"The quarterback's got to play better. And he will," Roethlisberger said after the game.
Big Ben was off target multiple times in the loss, including a high pass off Jerricho Cotchery's fingertips that was intercepted in the fourth quarter, killing a promising drive and effectively ending the game.
The 0-2 start to the season can't be placed solely at Roethlisberger's feet.
It all adds up to an exasperated Big Ben.
"Very frustrating," Roethlisberger said when asked how frustrated he was with the team's start. "We've got a long way to go. We're going to ... let this sink in for a day or two, then get ready for Chicago."
Despite the offseason Kumbaya, Haley's play-calling has to be upsetting Roethlisberger. The offense ran smoothest in the two-minute drill with the quarterback calling the plays.
It's only Week 2, so burying the Steelers -- or that MVP campaign -- is a bit premature. However, Big Ben must play closer to perfect than he did Monday or we'll be sticking a fork in them sooner rather than later.