Steelers Improve To 3-0 With Resounding 38 - 13 Victory: Behind The Numbers

Similar to Frank Mineo's weekly 'Behind the Numbers' posts previewing the upcoming week's game, here's a post-game rendition following the Pittsburgh Steelers' 38-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

0 - Number of sacks allowed by the Steelers' offensive line on Sunday. The last time they accomplished that feat was Week 12 of 2009 against the Baltimore Ravens.

1 - The Steelers rank in the following defensive categories: scoring defense and yards/play allowed.

2 - Number of plays run out of the Wildcat formation on Sunday. Unless I'm mistaken, they were the first two run by the Steelers since it became en vogue again in recent years.

3 - Number of games the Steelers have amassed more rushing yardage than on Sunday since Bruce Arians took over as offensive coordinator in '07.

4 - Number of September losses during Mike Tomlin's four years with the Steelers. Tomlin's teams are 9-4 in September since '07.

5 - Number of consecutive games that the Steelers' defense has recorded at least one interception dating back to Week 16 of last year.

6 - Number of 3-0 starts to the season in Steelers' franchise history prior to 2010 (1936, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2007).

7 - Number of games that Charlie Batch had thrown at least 3 TDs prior to Sunday.

10 - Number of sacks and interceptions by the defense through three weeks. By comparison, the Steelers had just five sacks and one interception at this point last season.

23 - Number of Steelers with at least one tackle against the Buccaneers. Coach LeBeau has substituted regularly on defense the past two weeks.

24 - Longest run in Charlie Batch's career, set during the 2nd quarter of Sunday's win.

39 - Net points differential for the Steelers through three games, the best mark league-wide. Green Bay, which plays tonight, has a differential of +34 through two games.

41.5 - Average distance of Mike Wallace’s 8 TD receptions thus far in his career (h/t: barnerburner from the comments section)

79 - Number of career receiving touchdowns for Ward, moving him into a tie for 20th place all-time with Charley Taylor (1964-1977), and Harold Carmichael (1971-1984).

181 - Number of consecutive games that Hines Ward has now caught at least one pass. Ward finished with 3 receptions for 34 yards and 1 Touchdown.

197 - Number of career field goals for Jeff Reed. Only Gary Anderson has more than Reed (309).

1,000 - Number of days between Charlie Batch's last start prior to Sunday.

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