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Steelers Dick LeBeau Looks To Improve On 18-2 Record Against Rookie Quarterbacks Monday Night

UPDATE: I have changed this post to reflect the way Ryan Scarpino is reporting the stat. He is taking into account multiple games in the same season along with the one playoff game against Joe Flacco.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau enters the game Monday night against the Tennessee Titans with an 18-2 record against rookie quarterbacks since taking over in 2004.

Titans quarterback Zack Mettenberger will be the second rookie quarterback to start a game this season against the Steelers as the first in 2014 was Blake Bortles of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Back in Week 5, Bortles was 22-of-36 passing for 191 yards with two touchdowns and a costly interception that was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Currently, Troy Smith and Brandon Weeden are the only two rookie quarterbacks to ever start a game against LeBeau since 2004 and win. Both of those wins, however, deserve to have asterisks beside them as Smith’s win came in a meaningless season finale back in 2007. The Steelers had clinched a playoff spot at that point and as a result they sat several of their starters. Smith was 16-of-27 for 171 yards in that game with one touchdown.

As for Weeden’s win in 2012 against LeBeau, the Steelers offense minus an injured Ben Roethlisberger turned the football over eight times in that game. Weeden finished that contest with a very meager stat line as he was 17-of-26 passing for 158 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was also sacked four times in that game.

Mettenberger enters Monday night’s game having lost his first two starts in the Titans previous two games. He has completed 45-of-73 passes so far this season for 495 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Steelers are currently favored by six points by most online betting sites and that number has grown by two points since it first opened. Dating back to 2012 the Steelers haven’t played well against teams with a sub .500 record, but you have to like LeBeau’s chances of running his record against rookie quarterbacks to 19-2 Monday night nonetheless.

Stats Of Rookie Quarterbacks Starting Against Dick LeBeau 2004-2014

Player Date Team Result Week Day Comp Att Comp% Yds TD Int Rate Y/A
Blake Bortles 10/5/14 JAX L 9-17 5 Sun 22 36 61.1 191 0 2 52 5.31
E.J. Manuel 11/10/13 BUF L 10-23 10 Sun 22 39 56.4 155 1 1 63.5 3.97
Geno Smith 10/13/13 NYJ L 6-19 6 Sun 19 34 55.9 201 0 2 48.8 5.91
Brandon Weeden 11/25/12 CLE W 20-14 12 Sun 17 26 65.4 158 1 1 78.7 6.08
Robert Griffin 10/28/12 WAS L 12-27 8 Sun 16 34 47.1 177 1 0 72.8 5.21
Andy Dalton 12/4/11 CIN L 7-35 13 Sun 11 24 45.8 135 1 0 77.6 5.63
Andy Dalton 11/13/11 CIN L 17-24 10 Sun 15 30 50.0 170 2 2 61.8 5.67
Blaine Gabbert 10/16/11 JAX L 13-17 6 Sun 12 26 46.2 109 1 0 70.8 4.19
Colt McCoy 1/2/11 CLE L 9-41 17 Sun 20 41 48.8 209 1 3 41.6 5.10
Jimmy Clausen 12/23/10 CAR L 3-27 16 Thu 10 23 43.5 72 0 1 33.2 3.13
Colt McCoy 10/17/10 CLE L 10-28 6 Sun 23 33 69.7 281 1 2 80.5 8.52
Joe Flacco 1/18/09 BAL L 14-23 20 Sun 13 30 43.3 141 0 3 18.2 4.70
Joe Flacco 12/14/08 BAL L 9-13 15 Sun 11 28 39.3 115 0 2 22.2 4.11
Joe Flacco 9/29/08 BAL L 20-23 4 Mon 16 31 51.6 192 1 0 81.7 6.19
Troy Smith 12/30/07 BAL W 27-21 17 Sun 16 27 59.3 171 1 0 90.2 6.33
John Beck 11/26/07 MIA L 0-3 12 Mon 14 23 60.9 132 0 0 76.7 5.74
Bruce Gradkowski 12/3/06 TAM L 3-20 13 Sun 20 34 58.8 175 0 3 35.8 5.15
Charlie Frye 12/24/05 CLE L 0-41 16 Sat 20 39 51.3 183 0 0 64.4 4.69
Kyle Orton 12/11/05 CHI L 9-21 14 Sun 17 35 48.6 207 0 0 67.2 5.91
Eli Manning 12/18/04 NYG L 30-33 15 Sat 16 23 69.6 182 2 1 103.9 7.91
Totals 330 616 53.6 3356 13 23 60.9 5.45
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