Steelers have most combined yards ever in a victory over Denver
The Steelers knocked off the Denver Broncos, putting them at 2-0 in the young 2020 season.
However, this game had some oddities and notable occurrences when one takes a more in-depth look inside the numbers. Some noteworthy and some to give a pause for concern. Ben Roethlisberger had another career day against Denver, racking up the most combined rushing and passing yards in a single game ever against the Denver Broncos for a victory. The Steelers passed for 311 yards and rushed for 109 yards. The Steelers did pass for 403 yards and had 96 yards rushing on a November 5, 2006, game, yet they lost 20-31.
The game marked the 2nd highest passing total in a victory against Denver since December 20, 2015, when they passed for 343 yards defeating Denver 34-27.
The Steelers equaled their mark of scoring 26 points in consecutive games going back to the 2017 season. They scored 26 points in consecutive victories against Minnesota on 9/17/2017 and Baltimore on 10/1/2017, winning both games with precisely 26 points.
Bringing down the Steel Curtain
The Steelers also tied their highest sack total ever against Denver with seven quarterback sacks. They tied the mark set on September 4, 1983, when they sacked John Elway four times and injuring him.
They proceeded to sack backup quarterback Steve DeBerg three times, despite losing 14-10. The previous game with the most sacks and a victory goes back to December 16, 1978, when they sacked Denver quarterbacks Norris Weese three times and Craig Morton three times.
The Last game with their highest sack total in which they did not injure a Denver quarterback goes back to the December 22, 1979, Monday night game in which they sacked Craig Morton 4 times.
Pause for Concern
Despite the win, the Steelers offense seemed a bit sluggish at times as well. They had their 2nd lowest 3rd down conversion percentage ever since December 24, 2011, 27-0 victory over the St. Louis Rams in which they score 26 plus points.
The Steelers went 2-12 on third-down conversions for a 16.6 percentage average, thus explaining why they had five punts for 209 yards. Ben answered a question about this in the post-game interview.
Big Ben Milestone
Ben Roethlisberger, in his victory over Denver, Surpassed Eli Manning to move into 7th place all-time career passing yardage. He now has 57,085 yards. He Needs 4,276 to surpass Dan Marino and is right behind Philip Rivers, who currently sits in 6th place all time.
Week Three Vs. Houston
While anything can happen, week three could bump the Steelers to 3-0. Keep in mind the Steelers face the Houston Texans five times.
The Steelers are 3-2 lifetime against Houston and have not lost to the Texans since 2011 and their only game against Houston in which they scored less than 24 points. So if Ben Roethlisberger keeps lighting up the scoreboard, who knows what interesting occurrences could occur next week.