Just for fun, let's prorate some of the individual offensive statistics of the Pittsburgh Steelers now that we're exactly half way through the 2009 NFL season. We'll do the same for the defense afterwards.
Santonio Holmes: 36 receptions, 590 yards, 16.4 yards per reception, 73.8 yards per game, 1 TD, 58% catch rate
- On Pace For: 72 receptions, 1,180 yards, 2 TDs
Hines Ward: 49 receptions, 646 yards, 13.2 yards per reception, 80.8 yards/game, 4 TDs, 77% catch rate
- On Pace For: 98 receptions, 1,292 yards, 8 TDs
Mike Wallace: 25 receptions, 427 yards, 17.5 yards per reception, 54.6 yards/game, 3 TDs, 61% catch rate
On Pace For: 50 receptions, 854 yards, 6 TDs
Heath Miller: 43 receptions, 371 yards, 8.6 yards per reception, 46.4 yards/game, 4 TDs, 86% catch rate
- On Pace For: 86 receptions, 741 yards, 8 TDs
Rashard Mendenhall: 100 attempts, 573 yards, 5.7 yards per attempt,. 4 TDs, 9 receptions, 78 yards, 8.7 yards per reception, 2 Fumbles
- On Pace For: 200 attempts, 1,146 yards, 8 TDs, 18 recetions, 156 yards, 4 Fumbles
Ben Roethlisberger: 185 - 262 (70.6%), 2295 yards, 14 TDs, 7 INTs, 104.1 QB Rating
- On Pace For: 4,590 yards, 28 TDs, 14 INTs
* At 70.6%, Big Ben is currently leading the NFL in completion percentage.
* He's also leading the league with 8.8 yards per passing attempt .That's an impressive number and one that should lead to plenty more victories if it were to continue. For all those who are clamoring for much more running, just remember how successful the team is at the moment throwing the ball. I myself would like to see a bit more running in certain situations, but I also try to remind myself that this team's greatest offensive asset is its ability to gobble up huge chunks of yardage via the air on short notice.
* Mendenhall's 5.7 yards per carry is bested by only Chris Johnson of Tennessee (6.7 yards per rush). I think we all know that Mendy will be getting significantly more carries as the season progresses now that he's begun to turn the corner in terms of earning the trust of his coaches and teammates.
* Mike Wallace comes in at 7th in Football Outsiders DVOA Rankings for WRs. He's 16th in DYAR. Essentially that means that Wallace is adding tremendous value per play in those situations where he's being called upon to make a play. Great stuff from our rookie.
* Heath Miller has the highest catch rate of any tight end in football. Simply put, when Big Ben looks #83s way, it's usually going to be a completion. Hopefully though, Bruce Arians will find a way to incorporate Miller's outstanding skill set in a few more vertical looks. I like him matched up in the seam 20+ yards down the field against any defensive back. At worst he'll fight for the ball and ensure an incompletion.