Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has revealed his side will keep going for two-point conversions from the two-yard line, instead of kicking for one point from the new distance this season of 33 yards.
This is a smart approach by the team, as they have been more successful on two-point conversions this season, than kicking the ball for an extra point after a touchdown.
They’re three-for-three on two-point conversions, but kicker Josh Scobee is only four-for-five on PATs.
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As long as they’re averaging 2.0 points per two-point conversion attempt and 0.8 points per one-point kick attempt, the Steelers are more than likely to go for two. Roethlisberger made this clear to ESPN.
He said: “Oh, we’re going to keep doing it. We don’t practice it this much to not do it. We practice it every single day. . . I tried to tell you guys early on that we would do it, and I think you guys kind of didn’t quite believe it. But it’s something we feel comfortable with.”
If you're being successful, then why not keeping going for it. No one has been able to stop you, but this could all change now.
Maybe the Steelers have revealed a little bit too much accidently of their offensive game plan moving forward. They may be more unsuccessful now as teams practice more defending against two-point conversions before playing the AFC North side.
We'll get an idea if this is happening when the Steelers play against the St Louis Rams this weekend. But if the Steelers are being successful with two-point conversions, then maybe more teams should consider it as their go-to option after they've scored a touchdown.
The new rule change for this year has certainly made the game more exciting, as more teams are missing PATs this season than last. However, the risk has always been greater than the reward for the teams when it comes to two-point conversions, which is why not many teams are going for it despite the changes.
So far though, the Steelers are going for the more risky option, and it is paying off.