Let’s get to the weird from last night’s loss.
– Beginning with the score. The Buffalo Bills beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road for only the second time in their franchise’s history. Last time it happened? 1975, winning 30-21. How did they beat the dynasty-bound Steelers?
Pittsburgh turned it over five times. Just as they did Sunday night.
– Devlin Hodges is the first rookie QB in Steelers’ history with 35+ pass attempts in a game. He is one of three rookie QBs in franchise history to have 30+ attempts in a game. The list:
1. Devlin Hodges – 38 (2019)
2. Bubby Brister – 33 (1986)
3. Chuck Ortmann – 31 (1951)
– Wide receivers to have 15+ targets and less than 30 yards this season.
– Pittsburgh now has two games with 4+ INTs this year. Mason Rudolph in the last loss, Hodges in this one. First time they’ve had two such games since Terry Bradshaw in 1977, who did it in losses to the Baltimore Colts and Houston Oilers that year.
It’s also the first time as far back as records go, 1950 on Pro Football Reference, two different QBs have thrown 4+ INTs in a game.
– They’re the first team to do that, two QBs with 4+ picks, same season, since the 2012 Arizona Cardinals. The dynamic duo of John Skelton and Ryan Lindley were part of that edition. Not company you want to keep.
– TJ Watt forced his 13th career fumble against the Bills. He already ranks top ten all-time in team history in that category, tied with Lawrence Timmons and one behind Troy Polamalu. Which is pretty crazy.
Watt has seven pass deflections this year. That’s one more than Steven Nelson.
The FFs record, if you’re curious, is Greg Lloyd’s 34. So long ways ago before approaching that figure. But he could surpass it someday.
– Including Week 11, the loss to Cleveland, Pittsburgh’s offense is averaging just 13.8 points per game. They still haven’t scored more than 28 in a single contest. That number hasn’t been hit since Week 16’s loss to New Orleans in 2018.