If you know me, you know I love obscure statistics. And so with this being the slowest weekend of the regular season due to the bye week, we’ll look at a couple achievements some Pittsburgh Steelers could reach before the end of the regular season.
– Should Ben Roethlisberger go on a tear and average 350 yards per game for the rest of the season, he will pass Dan Fouts for 12th all-time in NFL passing history. This assumes Eli Manning passes Fouts first. Eli is only about 600 yards shy.
– Antonio Brown needs 10 touchdowns to pass Buddy Dial for 5th in all-time receiving touchdowns in Steelers history. Ten would give AB 43. He will, at worst, pass Ray Mathews to move into 8th all-time.
– An afterthought as a receiver, Matt Spaeth has a touchdown streak spanning six seasons. That’s on the line. Last time he went an entire season without catching a touchdown pass was 2008, when he caught a career high 17 passes.
Over the last six seasons, he’s grabbed just 32 passes but found the end zone seven times. That’s a 21.9% scoring rate.
– Martavis Bryant will become the 56th receiver in Steelers’ history to have 1000 career yards. Celebrate!
– Lawrence Timmons needs exactly one sack to move into 10th place on the Steelers’ all-time list. Cameron Heyward needs two to move into the top 20 with 21, tying Larry Foote. 2.5 will tie Heyward with Carnell Lake, the team’s defensive backs coach.
– Jacoby Jones needs 197 kick return yards to become the 31st player in NFL history with 5,000 in his career. One more kick return touchdown will tie him for third all-time with six. Let’s see if he makes it that far.
– Chris Boswell needs 12 more successful field goals to have the most by a rookie in Steelers’ history. That’d give him 26, surpassing Kris Brown’s total of 25 in 1999.
– Mike Tomlin is on track to become the next 100 regular season win coach in NFL history. He has 88, one ahead of Lovie Smith. Tomlin needs five wins to pass the great Bill Walsh for 43rd all-time. Obviously, this is one that won’t happen this year but in 2016.