Statistical oddities and occurrences from the Steelers week one victory
Now that week one versus the Giants is in the books. Here is a look inside some of the odder statistics and occurrences stemming from the Steelers impressive Monday night victory.
The game against the Giants is the 2nd time since 1951 that they have played New York to a 3-3 tie after the first quarter on week one. In 1951 the game ended in a 13-13 tie. The Steelers have only had two other games tied at 3-3 at the end of the first quarter on week one; the second came at home against Detroit on September 21, 1969, and the Steelers played the last game on the road against their AFC rivals the Baltimore Ravens September 6, 1998, winning 20-13.
The Steelers are now 3-0-1 when they have played to a 3-3 first-quarter tie on the opening week of an NFL season. Until last night’s game, each of the opponents scored exactly 13 points in each contest.
This game marked a milestone for the Giant’s as well. They had never scored less than 17 points in any contest versus the Steelers until 2020. The Giants had scored 17 points eight times in the series history with the Steelers; however, they had not scored less than 18 points since their meeting in New York on October 14, 1962.
Father and son milestone
In case you missed it, the Monday night game had a special noteworthy milestone for the Steelers. It marked the first game in Steelers’ history that a father and son have both punted for the Steelers.
When the Chiefs released Dustin Colquitt after the 2019 season, the Steelers signed him to a one year contract in September of 2020. Dustin played 15 seasons with the Chiefs. Craig Colquitt, Dustin’s father, as fans may recall, played with the Steelers from 1978-1984 and winning two Superbowl rings during his reign as a Steelers punter.
Within the AFC North
The 2020 game led to another milestone of sorts as well within the AFC north. This season leaves Big Ben as the most tenured quarterback in the AFC north. It marked his 217th start.
In comparison, the Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has only had 30 starts, Lamar Jackson only has 23 for the Ravens, and Joe Burrows has one NFL start to his credit in Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. Ultimately this leaves Ben Roethlisberger as the quarterback to beat in that perennial hotly contested division.
Monday Night Football
With another victory on Monday night, Coach Mike Tomlin improved his Monday night football record to 17-2 and has now won ten in a row. Tomlins’s last loss on Monday night came against the Bengals on September 16, 2013. Tomlin is 10-2 coaching on the road and has not lost at home on Monday night.
It will be quite interesting to see what other oddities occur as the 2020 season progresses. In a season played in an unusual year that even has fans prohibited from attending games, it’s anyone’s guess as to what else might happen this year.