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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&D LOS COMP TARGET COVERAGE YDS YAC PERS # RUSH BLITZ DEF
1-10 NE 40 YES 81-A.Hernandez 94-L.Timmons 8 3 11 5 YES BASE
3-3 NE 47 NO 84-D.Branch 22-W.Gay 0 0 11 4 NO DIME
1-10 NE 20 YES 83-W.Welker 50-L.Foote 7 0 2 3 NO BASE
1-10 NE 31 YES 33-K.Faulk N/A 7 5 12 4 NO BASE
1-15 PIT 48 NO 83-W.Welker 29-R.Mundy 0 0 2 5 YES DIMB
2-15 PIT 48 NO N/A N/A 0 0 12 5 YES DIME
2-2 PIT 2 YES 84-D.Branch 23-K.Lewis 2 0 12 6 YES DIME
1-10 NE 20 YES 87-R.Gronkowski 29-R.Mundy 23 18 12 6 YES DIME
2-12 NE 41 YES 83-W.Welker 24-I.Taylor 10 3 12 5 YES DIME
3-2 PIT 49 YES 83-W.Welker 24-I.Taylor 2 -1 12 4 NO DIME
1-10 PIT 47 NO 87-R.Gronkowski 28-C.Allen 0 0 12 4 NO DIME
2-10 PIT 47 YES 87-R.Gronkowski 28-C.Allen 17 0 12 4 NO DIME
2-17 PIT 37 NO 87-R.Gronkowski 43-T.Polamalu 0 0 12 4 NO DIME
2-8 NE 23 NO 83-W.Welker 24-I.Taylor 0 0 12 4 NO DIME
3-8 NE 23 YES 87-R.Gronkowski 28-C.Allen 7 0 11 5 YES DIME
1-10 NE 21 YES 87-R.Gronkowski N/A 19 20 13 4 NO DIME
1-10 PIT 45 YES 84-D.Branch 24-I.Taylor 10 0 12 5 NO BASE
1-10 PIT 35 YES 84-D.Branch N/A 8 8 12 4 NO DIMB
1-15 PIT 29 YES 83-W.Welker 24-I.Taylor 4 0 12 4 NO DIME
2-11 PIT 25 NO 81-A.Hernandez 23-K.Lewis 0 0 12 4 NO DIME
3-11 PIT 25 YES 33-K.Faulk 43-T.Polamalu 1 0 12 5 YES DIME
1-10 NE 20 NO 17-T.Price 24-I.Taylor 0 0 13 5 NO BASE
3-2 NE 28 YES 87-R.Gronkowski 28-C.Allen 10 8 12 4 NO DIME
1-10 NE 38 NO 85-C.Ochocinco 23-K.Lewis 0 0 13 4 NO DIME
3-8 NE 40 YES 33-K.Faulk N/A -6 1 12 5 YES DIME
1-10 NE 33 YES 83-W.Welker 24-I.Taylor 8 1 12 4 NO DIME
2-2 NE 41 YES 84-D.Branch 22-W.Gay 16 9 12 4 NO DIME
1-10 PIT 43 YES 87-R.Gronkowski 28-C.Allen 10 1 12 4 NO DIME
1-10 PIT 33 YES 33-K.Faulk N/A 18 15 12 5 YES DIME
1-10 PIT 15 YES 83-W.Welker 24-I.Taylor 8 0 12 4 NO DIME
2-2 PIT 7 NO 81-A.Hernandez 22-W.Gay 0 0 12 5 YES DIME
1-4 PIT 4 NO 84-D.Branch 23-K.Lewis 0 0 12 4 NO DIME
2-9 PIT 9 YES 87-R.Gronkowski 29-R.Mundy 1 0 12 4 NO DIME
3-1 PIT 1 YES 33-K.Faulk 25-R.Clark 1 0 12 4 NO DIME
1-1 PIT 1 YES 81-A.Hernandez 43-T.Polamalu 1 0 23 6 YES GOAL

Coverage Stats By Player

PLAYER ATT COMP COMP % YDS YPA YAC TD INT
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.

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