Fun win. Weird stats.
– Specific score stat. First time the Pittsburgh Steelers have scored exactly 29 points in a game since 2005, a 29-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. That was the “backups” game in their 15-1 season. Willie Parker’s coming out party.
– Le’Veon Bell had 35 carries this week after recording 32 a week ago. He’s the first to have 32+ in back-to-back since Adrian Peterson in 2013, who also had a 32/35 split. Bell and AP are the only two to do so this decade.
– In the Mike Tomlin era, the Steelers have only run the ball more than the 43 times they did today once – last year against Buffalo (45).
It happened three times in Bill Cowher’s final year, 2006.
– Believe it or not, Le’Veon Bell’s 58 yards is the first time he’s had more than 50 in a game since December 11th of last year.
– It’s been nearly three years since Joe Haden recorded an interception in a victory. The last came on November 23rd, 2014, a 26-24 over the Atlanta Falcons.
– Sure you saw already but the Steelers were a whopping 0/4 on 3rd/4th and 1. Not third and short. Third and one.
– And I’m sure you saw the Steelers have given up a TD on all five goal line snaps this year.
– Last week, the Steelers allowed just 12 first downs to the Kansas City Chiefs. This week, just 11 to Cincinnati. First time they’ve done that in back-to-back weeks since Weeks 14-15 in 2006 against the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers.
– Ditto time of possession. 35:00 minutes in back-to-back weeks. Hasn’t happened since 2013.
– Steelers penalized only once today. Happened just once in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Played really clean today.
– AJ Green’s last two games vs the Steelers: 5 catches, for 79 yards, zero touchdowns.
– Second time in Sean Davis’ career he’s forced a fumble and picked off a pass in the same game. Other occasion was his senior year at Maryland, a win over South Florida. Two picks, FF on the game. One of each today.
(Ed Note: Davis didn’t pick off a pass today. Sorry!)
– Chris Boswell ties the Steelers record for games going 5/5 (or better) on field goals. Second of his career (also last year over Cincinnati). Jeff Reed, Kris Brown, and Gary Anderson each have two.
Boswell is a perfect 21/21 in his career against the Bengals.