Objectively speaking, this was not the most action-packed game. Naturally, this post is a little lighter. But as always, there’s still some nuggets we can pull out.
– Martavis Bryant has 11 receiving touchdowns in his first 12 regular season games. He’s only the sixth Pittsburgh Steelers’ WR to have 11 in his first two entire seasons. Since 1960, only three Steelers have done it and none had more than five after their first 11 games.
In other words, Bryant is on a scoring streak this franchise has ever seen before.
– Charcandrick West is the first opposing running back to rush for 110 yards and one touchdown since Stevan Ridley in 2013, almost two years to the day.
Since 2000, it’s only the 14th time an individual player has done that to the Steelers’ defense. The list of names are pretty impressive: Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Fred Taylor, Jamal Lewis, Priest Holmes, Warrick Dunn, Corey Dillon. And then there’s West.
– Heath Miller didn’t catch a pass today, the first time he’s failed to haul in a reception since November 3rd, 2008. That is six years and eight days ago. It’s just the eighth reception-less game in Miller’s 160 game career.
– Dri Archer’s 38 yard kick return was the longest such play by a Steeler since Markus Wheaton in Week Ten last year. A span of 12 regular season games.
– The Steelers’ third down percentage was again atrocious today. 2/10 or 20%, following up a 3/12 performance last week. It’s the first time the Steelers have had back-to-back weeks of sub-25% conversions since Week 15-16 of the 2013 season. The Steelers actually won both of those games.
– One positive stat. The Steelers were penalized just once today for five yards. That’s the best showing since December 16th, 2012. Only the fourth time since 2000, the Kevin Colbert era, they’ve been penalized so little.