By the Numbers: Defense stuffs the Buffalo offense

A deeper dive into some key numbers from the Week 14 matchup against the Buffalo Bills.


If you watched Tunch's Keys to the Game this week, you know that Tunch Ilkin dedicated Key #1 AND Key #2 to stopping the Bills' rushing attack. Mission accomplished. The Steelers defense allowed just 67 total rushing yards. The Bills' primary weapon on the ground, LeSean McCoy, was held to 27 yards on the ground.


One reason the Steelers succeeded in defending the run was a collection of 7 tackles for loss. Bud Dupree led the category with 3, but Ryan Shazier, Sean Davis, Stephon Tuitt and L.T. Walton each contributed an additional tackle for a loss.


We have a few milestones to discuss now that Week 14 is in the books. With the 27-20 win over the Bills, head coach Mike Tomlin earned his 100th win. He became the third head coach in Steelers franchise history to reach the 100 win mark. The other two? Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher. Those three head coaches also happen to be the Steelers' only three head coaches since 1969.


The Steelers are the first franchise in NFL history to have three different head coaches reach the 100 win milestone.


Despite the 18° wind chill in Buffalo, Le'Veon Bell was on fire, rushing for 236 yards on 38 carries. Three of those carries resulted in rushing touchdowns. Bell's longest run went for 33 yards. Need a little more? Bell averaged 6.2 yards per carry. Bell's performance against the Bills set a single-game Steelers record for rushing yards, surpassing Willie Parker, who logged 223 rushing yards on Dec. 7, 2006 vs. Cleveland.


Almost forgot - Bell also hauled in 4 receptions for 62 more yards, putting him just shy of 300 total yards of scrimmage. Those 298 yards are the second-most in Steelers history. The top spot belongs to a guy named Antonio Brown, who clocked 306 yards from scrimmage on Nov. 8, 2015 vs. Oakland.


It was a big day for the Steelers defense in terms of sacking the quarterback. Dupree led the team with 2.0 sacks, followed closely by Davis (1.5), Shazier (1.0) and Tuitt (0.5). When it was all said and done, the Steelers' sack total stood at 5.


Game action from Week 14 against the Buffalo Bills.

Seven different receivers caught passes from Ben Roethlisberger. Antonio Brown led the team with 5 receptions for 78 yards, but Roethlisberger also completed passes to Bell, Eli Rogers, Landry Jones, Ladarius Green, David Johnson and Jesse James.


Artie Burns picked off Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor in the 3rd quarter, marking the third interception of his career.


There was a big gap in time of possession, thanks in large part to Bell's 38 carries. The Steelers offense possessed the ball for 38:41, a whopping 17:22 longer than the Bills' offense (21:19).


Chris Boswell returned to the field after missing last week's game and didn't miss a beat. Boswell connected on both of his field goals (37 and 39 yards) and all three of his extra point attempts.

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