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Steelers Successful When Ringing The Bell On Third Downs This Season

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is certainly having a great 2014 season as he already has 1144 yards from scrimmage through the first nine games. 433 of those yards have come on 47 receptions and you might be surprised to learn that 10 of his catches have come on third down and produced either a first down or touchdown in the process.

Of all of the players in the league that have been targeted 15 or more times so far this season on third downs, Bell leads all running backs with 15 catches. Only one time this season has he not caught a ball thrown his way on third down and that incompletion came back in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers as the pass to Bell from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was batted down at the line of scrimmage by a defensive lineman.

Bell is also averaging 10.9 yards per reception on third downs this season and of his 164 third down receiving yards this season, 143 (87.2%) of them have come after the catch, according to our charting.

Bell has also produced the few times he’s carried the football this season on third downs as four of his five money down carries have resulted in the chains being moved. As a means of comparison, fellow Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount has only moved the chains twice on six his third down rushing attempts. Those six rushes resulted in seven yards gained and five of those yards came on one carry.

While the purpose of this post is to highlight Bell’s contributions on third downs, you can’t ignore what wide receiver Antonio Brown has done this season for the Steelers on the money down. 12 of Brown’s 17 third down receptions this season have resulted in either a touchdown or first down and that equates to very respectable 17.2 yards per reception.

As you have probably already figured out by now, Roethlisberger is once again having a great season when it comes to passing on third downs.

Entering Week 10, Roethlisberger has completed 67.4% of his third down passes this season and that ranks him fourth in the league in that statistic when compared to all quarterbacks that have attempted at least 50 passes on third down. In case you’re curious, the three quarterbacks ahead of Roethlisberger are Tony Romo, Alex Smith and Drew Brees.

In order to add some depth to Roethlisberger’s third down numbers, 41 of his 58 (71%) completed third passes have resulted in either a touchdown or a first down.

Over the course of the last three weeks, Roethlisberger has completed 70.6% of his third down passes.

Sortable 2014 Third Down Receiving Stats Through Week 9 (Minimum 15 Targets)

PLAYER TARG REC REC % YDS YPC TD 1D/TD 1D/TD %
Golden Tate 30 21 70.0% 390 18.6 3 16 76.2%
Antonio Brown 26 17 65.4% 293 17.2 2 12 70.6%
Eric Decker 22 17 77.3% 174 10.2 4 12 70.6%
Rob Gronkowski 22 15 68.2% 243 16.2 2 14 93.3%
Eddie Royal 21 15 71.4% 225 15.0 3 10 66.7%
Zach Ertz 22 15 68.2% 214 14.3 2 14 93.3%
Kelvin Benjamin 24 15 62.5% 207 13.8 2 10 66.7%
Allen Robinson 24 15 62.5% 192 12.8 0 11 73.3%
Demaryius Thomas 21 15 71.4% 185 12.3 2 10 66.7%
Le’Veon Bell 16 15 93.8% 164 10.9 1 10 66.7%
James Jones 23 15 65.2% 152 10.1 1 10 66.7%
Jason Witten 19 15 78.9% 150 10.0 1 12 80.0%
Mohamed Sanu 20 14 70.0% 259 18.5 1 10 71.4%
Dez Bryant 25 14 56.0% 225 16.1 2 12 85.7%
Sammy Watkins 21 13 61.9% 241 18.5 1 11 84.6%
Reggie Wayne 24 13 54.2% 200 15.4 1 12 92.3%
Anquan Boldin 19 13 68.4% 194 14.9 2 12 92.3%
Antonio Gates 20 13 65.0% 181 13.9 5 12 92.3%
Martellus Bennett 21 13 61.9% 156 12.0 3 10 76.9%
Kendall Wright 18 13 72.2% 154 11.8 2 6 46.2%
Keenan Allen 24 13 54.2% 151 11.6 0 10 76.9%
Andre Johnson 23 13 56.5% 135 10.4 0 8 61.5%
Michael Crabtree 19 13 68.4% 117 9.0 2 7 53.8%
Steve Smith 23 12 52.2% 359 29.9 2 9 75.0%
Larry Fitzgerald 20 12 60.0% 257 21.4 1 11 91.7%
Julio Jones 24 12 50.0% 177 14.8 1 8 66.7%
Doug Baldwin 16 12 75.0% 169 14.1 0 8 66.7%
Jordy Nelson 23 12 52.2% 167 13.9 1 10 83.3%
Emmanuel Sanders 18 12 66.7% 152 12.7 3 10 83.3%
Miles Austin 17 12 70.6% 144 12.0 1 11 91.7%
Julian Edelman 17 12 70.6% 128 10.7 0 8 66.7%
Larry Donnell 15 12 80.0% 120 10.0 1 8 66.7%
Andrew Hawkins 25 12 48.0% 114 9.5 0 9 75.0%
Randall Cobb 15 11 73.3% 206 18.7 4 10 90.9%
Delanie Walker 17 11 64.7% 173 15.7 2 6 54.5%
T.Y. Hilton 17 11 64.7% 170 15.5 0 8 72.7%
Allen Hurns 17 11 64.7% 135 12.3 0 7 63.6%
Dwayne Bowe 15 11 73.3% 133 12.1 0 10 90.9%
Greg Olsen 21 11 52.4% 106 9.6 1 8 72.7%
Mychal Rivera 18 11 61.1% 77 7.0 1 7 63.6%
Greg Jennings 19 10 52.6% 139 13.9 1 7 70.0%
Jordan Matthews 19 10 52.6% 87 8.7 1 7 70.0%
Arian Foster 17 10 58.8% 83 8.3 0 4 40.0%
Andre Roberts 19 10 52.6% 82 8.2 0 9 90.0%
Brian Hartline 16 10 62.5% 81 8.1 1 9 90.0%
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