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Steelers Play Direction Report Through Week 7

I received an email from a reader today asking if I would post the Pittsburgh Steelers directional stats for both the offense and defense through the first seven games and you can now see them below. In case you are curious, the NFL considers a ball thrown more than 15 yards past the line of […]

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2014 NFL Week 7 TOX Stats

I now have the TOX stats through Week 7 of the 2014 NFL season compiled and this week we had the plus two or better teams go a combined TOX stat went 9-2 (81.8%). Year to date, teams with a plus two or better TOX stat are now 65-10 (86.7%). Keep in mind that the expected number […]

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2014 NFL Week 7 Stats: Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt Differential

With seven weeks of 2014 season now in the books, here are your updated adjusted net yards per passing attempt differential stats (ANY/A) for all 32 teams. As you can see, the Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers are now the top two teams when it comes to the differential stat thanks to the Cincinnati […]

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Steelers Le’Veon Bell, Jason Worilds Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Texans

Pro Football Focus already has their initial set of player grades in from the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-23 win Monday night over the Houston Texans and this week running back Le’Veon Bell (3.5) received top billing on offense thanks to his play and 145 yards of total offense. Tight end Matt Spaeth (2.7) and wide receiver […]

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Steelers Mike Tomlin Logs His Share Of Face Time During TV Broadcasts

They will study anything these days and a recent story in the Wall Street Journal is proof of that as they took on the task of actually counting how frequently head coaches and quarterbacks are  shown during TV broadcasts. For their study, the WSJ watched two full games from the 2014 season for all 32 […]

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2014 NFL Week 6 TOX Stats

I now have the TOX stats through Week 6 of the 2014 NFL season compiled and this week we had the plus two or better teams back on track as they went a combined TOX stat went 10-1 (90.9%). Year to date, teams with a plus two or better TOX stat are now 56-8 (87.5%). Keep in […]

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2014 NFL Week 6 Stats: Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt Differential

With six weeks of 2014 season now in the books, here are your updated adjusted net yards per passing attempt differential stats (ANY/A) for all 32 teams. While there are still 11 weeks left in the season, there are five teams on the AFC side that I wouldn’t bet against making the playoffs. At this […]

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Steelers Ramon Foster, Lawrence Timmons Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Browns

Pro Football Focus has now released their initial player grades for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their 31-10 Sunday loss to the Cleveland Browns and overall there really aren’t very many surprises. Offensively, guard Ramon Foster (2.9) received the highest grade from PFF for his play Sunday against the Browns and they don’t have down as […]

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2014 NFL Week 5 TOX Stats

I now have the TOX stats through Week 5 of the 2014 NFL season compiled and this week we had a well overdue correction as the teams with a plus two or better TOX stat went 7-3 (70%). Year to date, teams with a plus two or better TOX stat are now 46-7 (86.8%). Keep in […]

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2014 NFL Week 5 Stats: Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt Differential

With Week 5 now in the books, here are your updated adjusted net yards per passing attempt differential stats (ANY/A) for all 32 teams. I think we’re still a week or two away from being able to make some heavy analysis and predictions, but through the first five weeks of the season, I think the […]

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2014 NFL Week 4 Stats: Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt Differential

With Week 4 now behind us and Week 5 about to get underway later this evening, here are your updated adjusted net yards per passing attempt differential stats (ANY/A) for all 32 teams. It’s still a bit early to give any hard analysis on these numbers, but we are starting to get a real good […]

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2014 NFL Week 4 TOX Stats

I now have the TOX stats through Week 4 of the 2014 NFL season compiled and this week the teams with a plus two or better TOX stat went a perfect 12-0 (100%). Year to date, teams with a plus two or better TOX stat are now 39-4 (90.7%). Keep in mind that the expected […]

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Steelers Marcus Gilbert, Steve McLendon Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Buccaneers

Pro Football Focus now has there initial grades out for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their 27-24 loss Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and I am not very surprised that tackle Marcus Gilbert (3.6) graded out as the best player on offense. Gilbert has now put together two solid games after not playing well in […]

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Steelers Leap Up Eight Spots In ESPN Weekly Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Steelers 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday night must have been very impressive to those responsible for formulating the ESPN.com power rankings as the black and gold jumped up eight spots this week after dropping seven spots the previous week following their Thursday night loss in Week 2 to the Baltimore Ravens. […]

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2014 NFL Week 3 Stats: Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt Differential

With Week 3 now behind us, here are your updated adjusted net yards per passing attempt differential stats (ANY/A) for all 32 teams. While it’s still a bit early to give any hard analysis on these numbers, you can really see the haves and the have nots when it comes to both the passing offenses […]

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Steelers Marcus Gilbert, Lawrence Timmons Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Panthers

Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert didn’t play very well in the first two games of the 2014 season, but he had a nice bounce-back game Sunday night in the win over the Carolina Panthers. Gilbert’s excellent run blocking was way above the line Sunday night and combined with him only giving up one quarterback […]

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2014 NFL Week 3 TOX Stats

I know that all of you got up early in anticipation of the Week 3 TOX Stats being released and I have them complied for you below. In Week 3, teams with a plus two or better TOX stat went 7-2 (77.8%). The Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans were the two teams not to win […]

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2014 NFL Week 2 Stats: Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt Differential

With Week 2 now in the books, here are your updated adjusted net yards per passing attempt differential stats (ANY/A) for all 32 teams. as I mentioned in the post last week, I will be posting these stats for the first three weeks of the 2014 season without any analysis included as a good picture […]

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2014 NFL Week 2 TOX Stats

Week 2 of the 2014 NFL season is now in the books and here is your weekly TOX stat update. After an 11-0 start in Week 1, teams with a plus two or better TOX stat in Week 2 went 9-2 (81.8%). The Denver Broncos and St. Louis Rams are the two teams to buck […]

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Steelers Antonio Brown, Steve Mclendon Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Ravens

Pro Football Focus has released their initial set of player grades following the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens and as you would expect, there are quite a few red boxes this week. Despite taking a big shot early in the game and needing to be checked out for a concussion, wide […]

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2014 NFL Week 1 Stats: Adjusted Net Yards Per Passing Attempt Differential

As many of you know that have read here for a while, I am a big fan of adjusted net yards per passing attempt differentials as I like to use them as my own personal power rankings. In case this stat is new to you, here is a post from 2011 that better explains it […]

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2014 NFL Week 1 TOX Stats

As usual, I will once again be tracking the TOX stats throughout the 2014 NFL season. This is simple stat, but its 80% win track record is certainly hard to ignore. In case you need a refresher, the TOX stat is a measure of how many explosive plays (20-plus yards) teams create minus how many […]

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Steelers Le’Veon Bell, William Gay Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Browns

Pro Football Focus has released their initial player grades for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their 30-27 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns and they do not include any big surprises. On offense, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (4.7) graded out as the best player on offense. Bell produced 197 yards of total offense via 21 […]

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Steelers Chris Hubbard, Jarvis Jones Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Panthers

The Pittsburgh Steelers were shut out Thursday night by the Carolina Panthers in their 2014 preseason finale at Heinz Field, but according to Pro Football Focus, a few players turned in positive individual performances on both sides of the football. On offense, left guard Chris Hubbard (1.9), right tackle Marcus Gilbert (1.4) and wide receiver Darrius […]

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Steelers Gradkowski, Blake, Polamalu Receive Top PFF Marks For Play Against Eagles

Its hard to find a lot of good individual performances in the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-21 loss Thursday night to the Philadelphia Eagles, but Pro Football Focus thinks that they have identified a few. According to their first glance at the tape, quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (2.4), wide receiver Antonio Brown (2.4) and center Maurkice Pouncey (2.2) received […]

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Steelers Chris Hubbard, Shamarko Thomas Receive Top Marks From Pro Football Focus

After a poor showing in the first preseason game last week against the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers backup left guard Chris Hubbard rebounded in the win over the Buffalo Bills Saturday night, according to Pro Football Focus. Hubbard was the highest rated offensive player (1.3) for the Steelers Saturday night as he edged out […]

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