Let the weirdness begin.
– Nothing too interesting over the score but we’ll focus on the Pittsburgh Steelers surpassing the 30+ mark again. They did it for the 5th straight week and if you read us last week, you would know reaching four in a row was a franchise record. They are only the second team this season to have five in a row, joining the New England Patriots.
– Ben Roethlisberger completed 76.9% of his passes today, 30/39. He’s gone over the 75% mark three times in 2015, marking the first time he’s done that in a season since 2009.
– Heath Miller tied a career high with ten receptions today. Third time in his career with 10+ and they’ve all come in the last two years. Twice vs the Cincinnati Bengals this year and last year against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
– Antonio Brown had seven receptions today, giving him 100 on the season. It’s the third straight year he’s done that and third overall in his career. Prior to 2013, 100 receptions had been done just once in franchise history. 2002 with Hines Ward. That’s it.
– Despite Roethlisberger completing 30 passes, they went to just five different WRs. Brown, Miller, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, and DeAngelo Williams. That’s probably some sort of record.
– Stephon Tuitt is just the second Steelers’ defensive lineman since 2006 to have an interception. Brett Keisel did it last year. Aaron Smith was the last prior to Da Beard, way back in 2005.
– A cornerback and a safety had an interception for the second time this year after William Gay and Robert Golden picked off passes today. The last time that happened was in 2011 when Troy Polamalu and Gay plus Keenan Lewis and Ryan Mundy did it.
– As Dom Rinelli pointed out on Twitter, it’s the Steelers first 3 INT performance since 2011. I dug deeper and it’s the first time they’ve picked off three passes as a team and one of those came from a defensive lineman since 1993. The Steelers picked off Drew Bledsoe and the Patriots five times, including defensive end Kenny Davidson’s INT.
I would like to note I was six months old when this game happened. So yeah, been awhile.
– The Steelers have been over 50% on third down in each of the last two games. That hasn’t happened since Weeks 10 and 11 of last year.
– Daniel McCullers had half a sack today, his first in the NFL and first time on the sack sheet since October 19th, 2013 when he was still at Tennessee.
– Chris Boswell went 4/4 this season, doing so for the second time this year. Since 1990, only two Steelers’ kickers have done that. Gary Anderson in 1991 and Shaun Suisham in 2013. You’ll notice Jeff Reed isn’t on this list, who never did it twice in a season during his long Steelers’ career. Suisham has only done it three times in his Steelers’ career, too.