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Stats Of The Weird: Steelers vs Cardinals

The games just keep getting weirder. I can only assume Terry Hanratty will lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to victory next week. Your stats of the weird.

– Let’s start with the score, 25-13. It’s the first game with that score either team has ever been involved in. It’s only the fifth in league history though one came last year when the Houston Texans beat the Baltimore Ravens by that exact score.

Mike Vick finished the day with six yards on eight attempts. He’s the first QB with that few yards on at least that many attempts since…2014. Kind of surprising isn’t it? Not that long ago.

Geno Smith started the game 2/8 for five yards and three INTs for the New York Jets last year.

He was then benched.

For Mike Vick.

Football is strange.

Carson Palmer was the QB with that bad of a performance previously, going 1/11 for zero yards in 2010. He, of course, started for the Arizona Cardinals today.

Since 1960, Vick is only the second Steeler to post such a box score. The other was Terry Bradshaw in 1982, the twilight of his career. He went 2/13 for three yards and two interceptions.

Landry Jones is the first Steelers’ QB to throw for 2 TD passes, not named Ben Roethlisberger, since Charlie Batch on September 26th, 2010.

Besides Batch and Ben, the last QB was Tommy Maddox. In 2003.

– One positive stat for Vick. He rushed for 47 yards today, the most by a Steelers’ QB since Roethlisberger in 2007.

– Cardinals’ WR John Brown caught 10 passes for 196 yards today. It’s the third straight season the Steelers have allowed a receiver with that stat line or better. Josh Gordon in 2013 and A.J. Green last year. Both those receivers went over 200 yards.

Since 1960, it had only happened to the Steelers three times. So three times in 42 years compared to three times in three years.

– The Steelers had a safety and a linebacker intercept a pass today. First time that’s happened since Ryan Clark and Lawrence Timmons did it on October 13th, 2013.

Last time it happened and Timmons wasn’t involved? 2010 with James Harrison and Troy Polamalu.

Jordan Berry’s 79 yard punt ties the Steelers’ longest (since 1960) with Drew Butler, who did so in 2012. Butler was the Cardinals’ starting punter today.

Berry and Butler now share the record for second longest punt in Steelers’ history. It’s tied for the fifth longest in NFL history. Robert Malone holds the record of 84 set in 2013.

– The Steelers had only 12 first downs today, not including ones gained by penalty. It’s the fewest they’ve had in a regular win since 2010, when they had six – all rushing – in a 19-11 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

– It will take too long to look up now but I’m almost positive Martavis Bryant being responsible for nearly 79% of the Steelers’ passing yards is a record. At least, in a game where a receiver had over 100 yards.

What I can tell you is that Bryant had over 125 yards (137 to be exact) while the no other Steeler’ receiver had more than 30. In second place was Antonio Brown’s 24. This is the first example of a leading receiver with 125+ and second place with less than 30 since 2004.

In September of 2004 against the Baltimore Ravens, Hines Ward went for 151. The next leading Steelers’ receiver was Plaxico Burress with 30.

You might also better remember that as Ben Roethlisberger’s first career game. Just as it was Landry Jones’ today.

 

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