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mesaSteeler
11-29-2011, 07:10 AM
Steelers By The Numbers: Week 12
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/local_sports/steelers-by-the-numbers-week/article_d898c524-4846-5171-8134-1f81fbeb59e5.html?mode=print

By Mike Bires mbires@timesonline.com | Posted: Monday, November 28, 2011 11:45 pm

1: It was a night of firsts for several Steelers.Rookie tight end Weslye Saunders caught the first touchdown pass of his pro career. On the 2-yarder in the second quarter, Saunders displayed his agility by getting two feet down just as he neared the end line. Safety Ryan Mundy and cornerback Keenan Lewis, both drafted in 2009, intercepted their first career passes. Lewis' pick at the Steelers' 14-yard line in the last minute of play clinched the win. Cornerback Ike Taylor had his first interception of the season and linebacker Jason Worilds his first sack of the year. Seven different Steelers have interceptions this season, but none have more than one.

5: If the AFC playoff pairings were based off current standings, the Steelers would be the No. 5 seed. They would open the playoffs in Oakland. The AFC's top six teams: 1. Texans (8-3); 2. Patriots (8-3); 3. Ravens (8-3); 4. Raiders (7-4); 5. Steelers (8-3); 6. Bengals (7-4). For the Steelers to host at least one playoff game, they would have to have a better record than the Ravens (8-3). If they finish with the same record, the Ravens win the division because they've already swept the Steelers.

9: The Steelers have a problem, but it's a good problem. Never before has the Steelers assembled a group of pass catchers as talented and deep as they have now. "There are not enough footballs for all of them," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said last week. "Whoever gets open is going to get it." Against the Chiefs, nine different Steelers caught at least one pass. That's the fourth time that's happened this year and the third time in the Steelers' last four games. Perhaps even more mind-boggling is that nine different Steelers have caught at least one touchdown this season. That's only the third time that's ever happened in the franchise's 79-year history.

0: Strong safety Troy Polamalu has yet to intercept a pass. Last season he had seven en route to earning Defensive Player of the Year honors. He's the only starter in the Steelers' secondary without a pick. That's not to say Polamalu is having a down year. He did get beat for a long touchdown in the Nov. 13 win in Cincinnati by rookie wide receiver A.J. Green. But for the most part, Polamalu has been solid in pass defense. In run support, he's been exceptional. Going into the game in Kansas City, Polamalu led the team with 50 solo tackles. Of course, Polamalu's health is now an issue again. He left the game in K.C. in the first quarter with concussion-like symptoms. That's the second time that's happened to him this season. There are no guarantees he'll play Sunday against the Bengals.

290: Were the Steelers that bad offensively? Or was the Chiefs' defense that tenacious? Regardless, the Steelers only racked up 290 yards in K.C., a season low. Their success rate of 27 percent on third down (3 of 11) was their lowest of the season, and their 13 points were their fewest in any of their eight wins. Ben Roethlisberger's 193-yard passing performance ended his streak of 18 straight games with 200 or more. "It ends up looking, in the grand scheme of things, like the offense was just all over the place and maybe we were," Roethlisberger said. "But they're little things. Nothing glaring. No reason to panic. That's what ‘team' is all about. The defense stepped up huge for us." Roethlisberger is right. It was just one of those games in which the offense couldn't get it going. The bottom line is that the Steelers once again found a way to win.

Bayz101
11-29-2011, 08:08 AM
Steelers had trouble sealing games offensively all year until the latest Cincy game. We had a bye, and now we're off a bit. Hopefully we pick it up next Sunday at Cincy.