Odd Stats from the Steelers Bengals Game on Sunday

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is hit by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94).
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is hit by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94). /

The Steelers played the rival Bengals on Sunday. While the loss was hard for Steelers fans, it still produced interesting side notes.

While the game was not overly impressive to Steelers fans, there is a mix of both positive and negative milestones and stats to come out of the game Sunday.

More Big Ben milestones

Ben’s touchdown pass to the rookie Pat Freiermuth was his 399th career touchdown pass. He only needs one more touchdown pass to become the eighth player all-time to throw for more than 400 touchdown passes. Once he hits the mark, he will need 20 to catch Dan Marino and 21 to catch Phillip Rivers.

With Ben’s sack in with 10:45 remaining in the 4th quarter, it was the first time Ben’s offensive line allowed a sack in the 4th quarter since 12/22/2019 against the Jets.

5 game win streak snapped

The Steelers entered halftime against the Cincinnati Bengals down 14-7. Oddly the Steelers had an 11-9 all-time record against the Bengals when down 14-7 at halftime. The Steelers have had a 5-0 win streak against the Bengals when down 14-7 at the half going back to 2012.

In conjunction with this impressive feat,  until Sunday’s game, Big Ben had a 7-2 record  against the Bengals when being down 14-7 at the half as well

Even Odder

The Steelers are 6-9 against the Bengals in September, and they lost to the Bengals 24-10; their last loss to the Bengals in September dates back to 9/16/2013, and the number of points they scored in that loss? Exactly 10 points.

Rusty steel curtain

The Steelers on Sunday failed to register a sack against Joe Burrows. As a result, they snapped their impressive 75 game sack streak, the longest such streak ever recorded in the NFL.

The last game in which the Steelers never sacked a Cincinnati quarterback goes back 15 consecutive games to 9/16/2013.

Very offensive

Not exactly the type of stat you want to see on this list; however, the game notated the struggles the Steelers have had with their offense. First, Pittsburgh has not scored points in the first quarter going back to their 12/2/20 win over the Ravens last year. They have not scored in the first quarter since, including one playoff game against Cleveland.

In tandem, the Steelers have not scored points on their last 13 opening drives and is the longest streak in the NFL.

The ‘Wizard of Boz’ come up short

Despite kicking a stadium record 56-yard field goal against the Raiders a week ago, Chris Boswell missed his first-ever field goal against the Bengals in the 3rd quarter of Sunday’s game. Until his miss on Sunday, he was 31-31 in field goal attempts against the Bengals.

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Next Week Pittsburgh faces the Green Bay Packers. Whatever happens in that game, expect to see more odd, unusual stats and new milestones like Ben Roethlisberger’s 400th touchdown pass.