Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roesthlisberger says his team needs a helping hand from the fans this Sunday at Heinz Field against the Minnesota Vikings.
"I expect it and hope it'll be sold out, loud, crazy. You know, we need to bring back that homefield, Heinz Field mystique, if you will," Roethsliberger said, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
"It was always that way when I first got here, the first few years when I was here and not saying we've lost it, but teams need to fear coming into Heinz Field. One, because of the fans and the craziness and two, because of our play."
Roethlisberger's career stats tell a vivid picture between how home and away affects his performance. Simply put, the man plays better at home.
Last season, he threw for nearly identical yardage totals at home and on the road, despite playing two more road games. He had a touchdown to interception ratio of 20:5 at Heinz field, compared to 9:8 elsewhere.
With two extra road games played in his career, he has won 15 more games, thrown 43 more touchdown passes and 17 fewer interceptions at home.