The Steelers have now played 10 consecutive games coming out of the bye week where they did not score a touchdown in the first quarter. In those 10 seasons, the Steelers have scored a total of six points on two field goals in two separate games. It should also be noted that the Steelers went on to win seven out of those 10 games. Although they start slow, the Steelers still have a very solid record coming out to bye under Coach Tomlin, improving to 8-4 after the win against Cleveland.
Over the last 10 seasons, the Steelers outscored their opponents 81 –47 in the second quarter of each game coming off a bye during the regular season. So even though they have started slow, the Steelers, as a whole, have “picked it up” before the half following their bye week. Outscoring the Browns 14–0 in the second quarter on Sunday definitely helped to increase this total.
Of a possible 493 defensive snaps this season, Sean Davis has logged 489. Other than missing four snaps against the Bengals in Week 6, Davis has played every snap on defense in every other game. Against the Browns, Davis was the only player to play every snap on the defensive side of the ball. After him, Terrell Edmunds and Joe Hayden played 62/64 snaps. In all, 19 different players logged snaps this past Sunday on defense.
Jaylen Samuels was given his first regular-season rushing attempts of his career against the Browns. He logged 4 carries for 17 yards on seven plays. It is the first time since Week 2 (Stevan Ridley with 3 carries for 18 yards) where a Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back other than James Conner has hit double-digits yards this season.
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By both James Conner and Antonio Brown finding the end zone twice on Sunday against the Browns, they extended their team lead for rushing and receiving TDs. After seven games, Antonio Brown is leading the Steelers in receiving touchdowns with eight, while James Conner has nine rushing scores. Brown’s total is currently leading the NFL in receiving touchdowns. Conner is second in rushing TDs only behind Todd Gurley with 11 (who has also played one more game).
On the Steelers current three-game win streak, one driving factor behind their victories has been their third down conversion rate. Over this time, the Steelers are 21 for 37 on third down giving them a 56.7% rate of conversion. This week against Cleveland, the Steelers’s also added a fourth down conversion for a touchdown.
For anyone keeping track, Chris Boswell has not missed a kick in almost 180 minutes of game play. Boswell was a perfect 4/4 on PAT‘s while adding a 42-yard field goal.