Quick Numbers: Steelers vs. Buccaneers

Pittsburgh is primed for their 2nd home game of the season this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here are some quick numbers between the two clubs:

31st

Tampa ranks next to last in both, points scored with 45, and points allowed with 95.

The latter number is heavily skewed by a week 3 thumping where the Falcons put up 56 points on them.

32nd

Despite having aerial threats such as Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans, Tampa ranks dead last in passing yardage per game, with 163 yards on average.

256

The Steelers are 11th in the league in passing yards…

778

Ben Roethlisberger is 7th in the NFL and 3rd in the AFC in passing yards, behind Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning. Big Ben is averaging 259.3 yards per game.

1st

The Steelers are first in rushing yards per game, with a 163 yard per game average; skewed by the monster week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers…

2 x 100

Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both had over 100 yards rushing. The feat was last accomplished by Walter Abercrombie and Earnest Jackson in 1986.

19

Consecutive games in which WR Antonio Brown has 5 or more receptions. Brown’s streak is tied for the NFL record with former Jets WR Laveranues Coles.

81

Le’Veon Bell’s dash against Carolina, the longest run in the NFL this season…

315

Which helped Bell accumulate 315 rushing yards so far this season; good for 2nd best in the NFL…

5.9

And 4th in the league with 5.9 yards per carry.

31

The numbers of points K Shaun Suisham has scored this year, which is 3rd best in the NFL…

8/8

While Suisham is a perfect 8-for-8 on field goal attempts this season.

4

Number of times the Steelers offense has turned the ball over this season.

9

Number of times the Bucs offense has turned the ball over in 2014.

31

Number of penalties, accepted, against the Steelers: equal to 10 or more per game.

And finally…

6

Number of times Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked, an average of 2 per game. This is an improvement over 10 sacks over the first 3 games of 2013.

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