NFL Football – Who Are The Pittsburgh Steelers?
Despite the fact that they have the second-best record in the NFL, and despite the fact that they’d be the #1 seed in the AFC playoffs if the postseason started today, it’s possible that the Pittsburgh Steelers are still one of the most overlooked teams with a 9-2 record through 11 games in recent memory.
The Steelers are riding a six-game winning streak, and haven’t lost a game since the first day of October. And yet, everyone seems to find ways to poke holes in said streak. Their win against Kansas City looks less impressive, given the Chiefs’ recent struggles. They had to come from behind against Indianapolis, who could be one of the worst teams in the NFL, and against the Green Bay Packers, who were without Aaron Rodgers. They beat the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans, both of whom are right in the playoff mix, but nobody seems to remember those wins. And, of course, everyone simply assumes they’re going to beat Cincinnati, so they don’t get any extra credit for beating the Bengals.
But how many people realize that the two biggest stars for the Steelers — running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown — are on pace for 3,750 total yards this season, which would rank fifth all time for most yards from scrimmage in a single NFL season by a duo? Ironically enough, they’d be only one of two duos to record more than 3,700 combined yards in a season, along with Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts.
Bell currently lead the NFL in rushing, although his average of 3.9 yards per rush is his lowest since 2013. However, he started slow coming off a missed training camp, and has over 100 combined yards in five of the last six wins by the Steelers. He’s on pace for 2,002 yards from scrimmage this year.
Brown’s 1,195 receiving yards are his most through 11 games of a season in his eight-year career, and he also leads the NFL in receiving yards (he has 166 more yards than the #2 receiver, Julio Jones). IN his last two games, Brown has 20 catches for 313 yards and five touchdowns. Only one other wide receiver for the Steelers have five touchdowns over the course of the entire season (rookie sensation
In a quarterback-driven league, the reason the Steelers are somewhat overlooked is probably because of the signs of aging shown by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger is on pace to throw for his lowest completion percentage since 2010, his lowest yards per attempt since 2012, and his lowest passer rating since 2008. Buy premium football mouthpieces with strap or kids mouth guards now.
Regardless, we’ll see what the Steelers are really made of, over these next three games. Any division matchup, even if it’s Cincinnati (whom they play on Monday night), is never easy. After that, they play their arch-rival Baltimore (who’s fighting for a playoff spot of their own), and then host the New England Patriots the week after that (the only other team in the AFC with only two losses to date).