Steel Mill A.M.: Storylines and stats to know after Steelers’ win over Packers
Here is where the Steelers stand after a Week 12 31-28 victory over Green Bay Packers on Sunday night at Heinz Field.
Three stats to know
1. The Steelers have the NFL’s No. 1 rusher (Le’Veon Bell) by a 91-yard margin and the league’s No. 1 receiver (Antonio Brown) by both a 146-yard margin and a five-catch margin.
2. Despite having none Sunday (Brown had a 39-yard catch), the Steelers maintained their NFL lead in 40-yard-plus receptions with 11. Interestingly, though, they are tied for last in the league in 40-plus-yard rushes (zero).
3. After four sacks Sunday, the Steelers rank second in the NFL with 38. That’s as many as they had all of last season and more than they had in four of the five full seasons prior to that.
Snap counts to know
Offense: WR Martavis Bryant (58 of 74), Eli Rogers (55), TE Xavier Grimble (20), Darrius Heyward-Bey (8), Justin Hunter (7)
Defense: OLBs Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt (53 of 55), OLBs Arthur Moats and Anthony Chickillo (2), DE Cameron Heyward (50)
Coach Mike Tomlin gave the team an off day Monday. With a Monday night game upcoming, they will proceed as if it’s a regular week until a bonus practice Saturday.
Steelers (9-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-6), 8:25 p.m. Dec. 4, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
Three storylines for the week
1. In an interview with NBC leading into the Packers game, Mike Tomlin openly admitted looking forward to the Week 15 meeting with New England. With bitter division rivals between now and then, can the Steelers guard against looking TOO much ahead to the Patriots?
2. Is there an issue with the secondary? The Steelers have given up five passing touchdowns of more than 50 yards the past three games. That can’t continue against the aforementioned Patriots or in the postseason. How can the Steelers fix it?
3. Can the Steelers wrap up the North? A win next Monday night, plus losses by Baltimore this Monday night and then Sunday at home against Detroit would allow the Steelers clinch the AFC North – with four weeks left to play on the schedule.
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.