Steelers Week 8 Coverage Stats Versus Patriots

Below are the Steelers coverage stats for the week 8 Sunday afternoon game against the New England Patriots. They are broken down by play and include down and distance, line of scrimmage, direction, yards gained, yards after catch, personnel the offense used, defensive package, number of pass rushers and whether or not the defense blitzed on the play.

The big thing that sticks out this week is how good the defense did for the most part at not allowing many yards after the catch against a team that has made a living off it this season. On 24 completions the Patriots had 91 yards after the catch, but that is way off of their average after catch this season and Wes Welker was held to just 3 yards after the catch on 6 catches. He led the league in YAC heading into the game and Ike Taylor really did a number on him when he was in charge of covering him.

William Gay and Keenan Lewis continued their strong play as well against the Patriots. Lewis gave up the short touchdown to Deion Branch, but that was very hard to defend and the ball was thrown only where Branch could have caught it.

Ryan Mundy and Cortez Allen drew tight end Rob Gronkowski several times each down in the slot and both gave up catches to him. Gronkowski had a good game, but it was a far cry from the 3 touchdown game he had last year against the Steelers.

On the day, Tom Brady still finished with a 69% completion ratio, but the Patriots only hit on one passing play of 20 yards or more and Brady threw for a very modest 198 yards. All in all it was an outstanding performance in coverage against arguable the best quarterback in the game.

Coverage Stats By Play

D&DLOSCOMPTARGETCOVERAGEYDS YACPERS# RUSHBLITZDEF
1-10NE 40YES81-A.Hernandez94-L.Timmons83115YESBASE
3-3NE 47NO84-D.Branch22-W.Gay00114NODIME
1-10NE 20YES83-W.Welker50-L.Foote7023NOBASE
1-10NE 31YES33-K.FaulkN/A75124NOBASE
1-15PIT 48NO83-W.Welker29-R.Mundy0025YESDIMB
2-15PIT 48NON/AN/A00125YESDIME
2-2PIT 2YES84-D.Branch23-K.Lewis20126YESDIME
1-10NE 20YES87-R.Gronkowski29-R.Mundy2318126YESDIME
2-12NE 41YES83-W.Welker24-I.Taylor103125YESDIME
3-2PIT 49YES83-W.Welker24-I.Taylor2-1124NODIME
1-10PIT 47NO87-R.Gronkowski28-C.Allen00124NODIME
2-10PIT 47YES87-R.Gronkowski28-C.Allen170124NODIME
2-17PIT 37NO87-R.Gronkowski43-T.Polamalu00124NODIME
2-8NE 23NO83-W.Welker24-I.Taylor00124NODIME
3-8NE 23YES87-R.Gronkowski28-C.Allen70115YESDIME
1-10NE 21YES87-R.GronkowskiN/A1920134NODIME
1-10PIT 45YES84-D.Branch24-I.Taylor100125NOBASE
1-10PIT 35YES84-D.BranchN/A88124NODIMB
1-15PIT 29YES83-W.Welker24-I.Taylor40124NODIME
2-11PIT 25NO81-A.Hernandez23-K.Lewis00124NODIME
3-11PIT 25YES33-K.Faulk43-T.Polamalu10125YESDIME
1-10NE 20NO17-T.Price24-I.Taylor00135NOBASE
3-2NE 28YES87-R.Gronkowski28-C.Allen108124NODIME
1-10NE 38NO85-C.Ochocinco23-K.Lewis00134NODIME
3-8NE 40YES33-K.FaulkN/A-61125YESDIME
1-10NE 33YES83-W.Welker24-I.Taylor81124NODIME
2-2NE 41YES84-D.Branch22-W.Gay169124NODIME
1-10PIT 43YES87-R.Gronkowski28-C.Allen101124NODIME
1-10PIT 33YES33-K.FaulkN/A1815125YESDIME
1-10PIT 15YES83-W.Welker24-I.Taylor80124NODIME
2-2PIT 7NO81-A.Hernandez22-W.Gay00125YESDIME
1-4PIT 4NO84-D.Branch23-K.Lewis00124NODIME
2-9PIT 9YES87-R.Gronkowski29-R.Mundy10124NODIME
3-1PIT 1YES33-K.Faulk25-R.Clark10124NODIME
1-1PIT 1YES81-A.Hernandez43-T.Polamalu10236YESGOAL

Coverage Stats By Player

PLAYERATTCOMPCOMP %YDSYPAYACTDINT
23-K.Lewis 4 1 25% 2 0.5 0 1 0
22-W.Gay 3 1 33% 16 5.3 9 0 0
43-T.Polamalu 3 2 67% 2 0.7 0 1 0
29-R.Mundy 3 2 67% 24 8.0 18 0 0
24-I.Taylor 8 6 75% 42 5.3 3 0 0
28-C.Allen 5 4 80% 44 8.8 9 0 0
N/A 6 5 83% 46 7.7 49 0 0
50-L.Foote 1 1 100% 7 7.0 0 0 0
94-L.Timmons 1 1 100% 8 8.0 3 0 0
25-R.Clark 1 1 100% 12 12.0 0 0 0

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  • CoverCorner

    I came here looking for some of those guys who were waiting for the NEW secondary to be “tested”. Just curious to hear what you thought about this first test. I say A+

  • Joel Miller

    I like Ike…for the Pro Bowl. He deserves to start opposite Revis.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TVYWSND6VLMM7DSGYLS5XECW74 BradyS

    Agreed

  • Thomas

    I would have thought that Cortez’s stats would be better since I really didn’t hear his name that much.

  • Eye-In-The-Sky

    This secondary can compete with anybody. Lewis has lock down corner skills, Gay is tough in the slot, Ike, Troy & Clark we know well, and with Allen, Brown, Mundy & B-Mac on deck, I think we’re ready for the top passing attacks in the league. Don’t sweat the INTs, they will only come when the other guys make mistakes (and this IS the NFL). We want to be opportunistic… but not riverboat gamblers.

  • kevin

    Cortez gave up some catches, but they were not big deals. I thought he was all over guys on those catches to keep them from getting any YAC. In particular, he struggled to keep Gronkowski from getting a third down conversion on one play, holding him up long enough for Clark to finish him off.