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Looking into the Steelers blitzing tendencies, and passes out of ‘12’ personnel

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off their bye, and when you look at some unique stats it explains a lot about the team moving forward.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are 6-2 coming off their bye week, and there are many impressive aspects of their game. What might be the most impressive is how the team has consistently found ways to win. Sometimes it is with defense, and there have been times, although few, it was the offense which stood tall when it mattered the most.

Speaking of the defense, the team is currently tied for 4th in the NFL with 26 sacks, but what might be really surprising is how little the team is blitzing.

This is where the new odds-and-ends article comes into play. If I find some information which is interesting, most likely via Twitter, I will put it in an article to stimulate some discussion, as well as shed some light on how it may impact the black-and-gold.

The first nugget of information was regarding the Steelers’ pass rush. While the team is highly ranked when it comes to sacking the quarterback, they are one of the lowest blitzing teams in the NFL.

Keith Butler has always wanted to get pressure with four players, and blitz only when appropriate. This has helped protect the back end, and it seems to have been working through the first half of the season.

The other nugget is regarding the Steelers penchant to run 12 Personnel. This is when you have 1 RB, 2 TE and 2 WRs on the field, but the Steelers don’t just like to run this formation, they like to throw it down the field while in 12 personnel.

Pittsburgh has the league’s highest yards per attempt in the league (11.4 yards per attempt) out of 12 personnel.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on the black-and-gold heading into Week 10.