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Getting after Ben, part II

Linebacker Antwan Barnes hasn't chased Ben Roethlisberger in earnest since Sept. 29, 2008, in Pittsburgh -- when he recorded a hit on the Steelers quarterback -- but he has an appreciation for the difficulty of getting him down.

Barnes has played the last three games at outside linebacker (with one sack) and his speed could be effective against the elusive Roethlisberger. Here is what Barnes had to say on rushing Roethlisberger:

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"When you get to him, wrap him up. Don't try to tackle him high. If you think you've got a sack [on him], he'll step up in the pocket."

Roethlisberger's ability to shed would-be tacklers come from his lower body strength, Barnes said. Still, on Ben's game-winning touchdown pass, the Packers broke contain and allowed Roethlisberger to get outside the rush. "After that," Barnes said, "it comes down to the matchups."

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In this case, Roethlisberger hit Mike Wallace with a perfect pass and the Steelers lived another week.


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