By the Numbers: 2015 Steelers defense

PITTSBURGH, Pa.- The Steelers defense enters Week 9 with 11 take-aways on the season, including 2 INTs in Week 8 vs. Cincinnati. Here are a few more numbers on the 2015 Steelers defense.

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CB Antwon Blake and S Mike Mitchell have both recorded a pair of interceptions through Week 8. This total ranks both Blake and Mitchell tied for fifteenth among all NFL defenders.


DE Stephon Tuitt has set a single-season career-high and ranks second among the Steelers' defense with 3.5 sacks through the eighth week of the 2015 season. He recorded a quarterback takedown in three straight games from Weeks 2-4.


LB Bud Dupree is tied for the NFL-lead among rookies in 2015 with 4.0 sacks through Week 8. His 4.0 sacks are tied as the third-most by a Steelers rookie and lead the Steelers in 2015.


LB Ryan Shazier recorded a game-high 15 tackles in Week 2's home opener against San Francisco. The second-year linebacker ranked fifth among all NFL defenders with 22 tackles in Weeks 1-2 of the 2015 season.


The Steelers have held opponents to 18.4 points per game through Week 8 of 2015, the fifth-best average in the NFL.

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Pittsburgh's defense ranks fifth in the NFL with 22.0 sacks in 2015.


LB Lawrence Timmons leads the Steelers with 58 total tackles (37 solo, 21 assists) through Week 8. 58 total tackles ranks Timmons tenth in the AFC and tied for fifteenth in the NFL in this category.


The Steelers have held opponents to 97.0 rushing yards per game through Week 8 of 2015, the eighth-best average in the NFL.

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