Stats Of The Weird: Steelers Vs Lions

Let’s get weird.

– First, the box score. The 20-15 Pittsburgh Steelers win is the first such score in franchise history, win or lose. The last score league wide took place December 23rd, 2001.

JuJu Smith-Schuster finished the game with 193 yards. That’s the second most by a Steelers’ rookie in franchise history. Only Jimmy Orr’s 205 way back in 1958 had more.

It’s the most yards by a rookie wideout since 2014, when Mike Evans had 209.

– And oh yeah, his 97 yard TD is the longest passing play in Steelers’ history.

– The TD catch tied for the second longest TD catch by any rookie in league history. The longest won’t be broken, Marc Boerighter’s 99 yard catch and score in 2002. JuJu is tied with two guys from long ago, Jerry Tarr (1962) and Gaynell Tinsley (1937).

– The Steelers allowed the most yards ever in a game where they held the opponent out of the end zone. And by a healthy margin. Detroit racked up 482 yards of total offense, breaking the previous Steelers record of 362 in a 9-0 loss to Jacksonville back in 2006.

As you may have heard on the broadcast, it’s the third most yards allowed ever, by any team, without giving up the end zone. Only the 1994 Seattle Seahawks (496) and 1986 Washington Redskins (501) did better. Or worse. Depending on how you look at it.

– Pittsburgh is the first team since the Colts in 2012 to give up that many yards and hold the opponent to 15 or fewer points. Only the 8th time in NFL history. Most Pittsburgh’s ever allowed too. Their previous record was 469 two years ago in their win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Le’Veon Bell fumbled away a ball for just the third time of his career.

Artie Burns’ nine tackles are a career high. Led the Steelers Sunday night.

– For the first time since 2011 and just the fourth time in his career, Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 300 yards while completing fewer than 20 attempts.

– Last one and not a good note to go out on. The Steelers’ offense has gone eight straight games to open up the year failing to score 30 points. That’s the longest such streak since 2000, when they didn’t accomplish it until the 12th game.

About the Author

Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • Frank Mineo

    Likely the offense not scoring 30…if the defense did that it would be money!

  • RMSteeler

    They might hit 30 if the ST and DEF score.

  • Alex Kozora

    haha yeah, meant offense, sorry

  • Frank Mineo

    Teasing man. Keep up the great work. Appreciate what you do.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Week 10. Indy. Ben LOVES to play that team. We’ll be fresh. And they are a dumpster fire on defense. We score over 30 that game.

    BOOK IT!

  • Chris

    Hey Alex. Thanks for this. My favorite post of the week. Also, I was curious about the last 20-15 score in the NFL. Want weird? While not Steelers related, the Bears won 20-15 in part by a Brian Urlacher TD reception! It was also his only career catch.

  • Alex Kozora

    Really? Did not know that. Thanks for the tidbit, Chris.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Love this Alex. That 2000 team that you mention not scoring 30 points until week 12 is also the only Steelers team from 1951-2016 not to have anyone selected to the pro bowl.

  • Alex Kozora

    Oooh good stat!

  • Zarbor

    Only way this putrid offense hits 30 is if the defense scores. Book it.

  • Darth Blount 47

    We shall see.

  • John W.

    I understand that the pass from Ben to JuJu was the third time in his career that Ben has had a pass of 90 or more yards, which apparently ties an NFL record.

  • Delboka

    I thought Burns played poorly. He seems to play too far off WRs and missss on his attempts to lay big hits.

  • Gizmosteel

    I blame knucklehead Butler for the soft cover 2 way too often in the game.

  • AndyR34

    Hope JuJu is remembered longer than Boerighter, Tarr, and Tinsley.

  • falconsaftey43

    Burns’ tackling is the single most frustrating thing I’ve ever seen on a football field. Someone needs to teach him how to tackle. Guys miss tackles, go for a big hit and bounce off, it happens. I just have no idea what Burns is attempting to do. He’ll literally run along side the guy and just lean his shoulder on him. WHAT IS THAT?!?!?!? He doesn’t try to grab him, isn’t in any kind of situation where he can hit him. He just runs next to him and kind of leans on him. I hate it so much every time I see it.

  • John Noh

    I actually saw Artie fight to make a tackle on a running back, a la Ike Taylor. That was a most pleasant surprise. I hope he knows that he has to do that every game.

  • John Noh

    The best thing is that, after the Colts game, the Steelers will have five of the remaining seven games at home. That’s going to be a big advantage over the other front-runners in the AFC.

  • LAD

    Hi Alex, just curious, have been league wide, any 97 or 98 yds play that was a non scoring play?