Chris Boswell sets Steelers field goal record against Dallas and other odd stats
Even Odder Stats
Pittsburgh allowed the Dallas Cowboys to run the ball for 141 rushing yards in their win. This is the most rushing yard the Steelers have allowed against the Dallas Cowboys since in a win on December 8, 1963. In that game, the Steelers allowed Dallas to run the ball for a total of 151 yards in that game. However here is the bizarre part. The final score in that game? It was Pittsburgh 24 Dallas 19, the same score as Sunday’s game.
Only twice in the annals of Steelers history have they passed the ball in excess of 300 plus yards while allowing their NFC East opponent pass for at least 220 plus yards. This stat would not be particularly odd; however, In both games, their opponent happened to be the Dallas Cowboys. The first game was a 24-27 overtime road loss to Dallas in 2012, and the second was a 35-30 loss at home.
Sunday’s victory marks their first road win over Dallas in which they punted at least four times since 2004. What would be so unusual about that? What puts this statistic into the odder category is that it occurred in Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie season during his first eight-plus game win streak in the NFL.
The Steelers had 20 first downs and 24 points in Sunday’s contest against Dallas. The Last NFC team they played in which they had at least 20 first downs and 24 points? It just so happened to be the Dallas Cowboys.
After the game with the Cowboys, the Steelers have only allowed 161 total points with all opponents. It is the least points allowed in an eight-game streak since the 2017 season in which the Steelers only allowed 162 points. What makes this particular state bizarre is that in that same eight-game streak the total amount of points scored by Pittsburgh came to 221 points. That is the exact total of points they have scored in their first eight games in the 2020 NFL season.
The Steelers have had less than 2.55 yards per rush before. However, the last two opponents that they have played when averaged just 2.55 yards per attempt or less just happened to be NFC East opponents. It was Dallas in 2016 in which they had 2.53 yards per attempt and Washington in 1965 when they had 2.54 yards per attempt