Steelers have first pick-six vs Ravens since 1996 and other odd stats
Speaking of a pick-six
Robert Spillane’s interception was the first pick-six in a game against Baltimore since the Ravens entered the league in 1996. Rod Woodson returned an interception for a touchdown in their inaugural meeting on September 9, 1996, when Steelers beat the Ravens 31-17.
Two weeks earlier, Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception for a touchdown against Cleveland. It’s the first season since 2004 that the Steelers have had two pick-sixes against an AFC North opponent and only the second time since 1987. In 2004 they intercepted the Bengals twice in both of their meetings. In 1987 they intercepted Cleveland once and Cincinnati once.
Interestingly enough, since 1970, the Pittsburgh is 25-4 when they have at least one pick-six against a team in their division. From 1970-2001 in the AFC Central, they went 8-1 overall with a pick-six. They were 3-1 against Cleveland, 4-0 against the Bengals, and 1-0 against the Ravens. Since 2002 in the AFC North, the Steelers have gone 17-3. They are 1-0 against the Ravens, 5-1 against the Bengals, 3-2 against the Browns, 7-0 against the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, and 1-0 against Jacksonville.
The Steelers are 9-0 while forcing four turnovers, including a pick-six. However, only in five games have they scored less than 29 points. In those five games, Ben has been the Steelers Quarterback in three of them.