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Looking At The YAC Allowed In The Steelers 27-10 Win Over The Jets


Last week I noted the poor job the Pittsburgh Steelers did in their opener against the Denver Broncos at tackling the catch as they allowed 126 total YAC in that game. Now of course it did not help that Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had 70 of those yards on the 1 yard screen pass from quarterback Peyton Manning that ended in a touchdown 70 yards later, but you just can\’t back those yards out as every play counts.

In the win Sunday against the New York Jets, not only did the Steelers defense allow just 10 pass completions on the day, they also only allowed just 34 YAC on those 10 catches with 14 of it coming on the pass completion from Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley during the Jets first offensive possession of the game.

In total, the defense allowed a very acceptable 3.4 yards per catch in the game and only two explosive plays of 20 yards or more through the air, both to Kerley.

Limiting explosive plays is a key winning element in every football game and many times those plays occur after failing to wrap up the pass catcher quickly. Against the Jets the Steelers did a much better job in both of these areas.

PLAYER YDS YAC
10-S.Holmes 11 2
11-J.Kerley 45 19
19-E.Gates 10 -1
10-S.Holmes 14 3
87-K.Reuland 7 2
86-J.Cumberland 2 0
87-K.Reuland 13 4
86-J.Cumberland 11 2
11-J.Kerley 22 1
10-S.Holmes 3 2
TOTALS 138 34

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  • Brendon Glad

    Seems like mundy was better at strong than at free safety. But I only see the game once so I can’t say I was closely analyzing him in either game. Peyton Manning can cause problems for many. But one can go to the tebow game for another reference point to say that the statement could be accurate

  • Brendon Glad

    It does beg the question though (if in fact mundy DID play better at SS) if Ryan Clark were out for another big game is Troy P capable of playing FS….and would that in fact be a better plan to take?

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