The Pittsburgh Steelers are poised to play the spoiler role in the race for the AFC's No. 1 seed entering the postseason.
How explosive is Pittsburgh play-caller Todd Haley's offense?
Throwing better than ever while relentlessly attacking downfield, Roethlisberger leads all NFL quarterbacks in points per drive (2.66), yards per attempt (8.9) and completions of 40-plus yards (15).
Although it's impressive that Roethlisberger is playing at such a high level without the game's best all-around running back (Le'Veon Bell), a pair of Pro Bowlers (tight end Heath Miller, center Maurkice Pouncey) and his blindside protector (Kelvin Beachum), the replacements have more than held their own.
Better yet, Roethlisberger is enjoying gridiron life with the NFL's most dynamic wide receiver corps.
As unstoppable as Brown has been with a healthy Roethlisberger, he's not even the most talented receiver on the roster.
That honor goes to playmaking machine Martavis Bryant, whom Haley has dubbed "The Alien" for a freakish combination of size, speed and coordination not found in other human beings.
"I don't know what you do against this guy," NBC broadcaster Cris Collinsworth raved during last week's game versus the Colts. "I'm telling you: Physically, he's as talented as anybody playing in football right now. ... He's 6-foot-4, he runs about a 4.3. Seems like every time we do a game, he scores a touchdown or two. ... He is a freakish athlete."
The AFC contenders better hope Roethlisberger falls short against the stout defenses of Cincinnati and Denver in the coming weeks. If the Steelers reach the postseason, they are going to be a tough out for the higher seeds.