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By the Numbers: Don't forget about the defense

A deep dive into the numbers from the third preseason game of 2016 against the New Orleans Saints.


Sure, he only played two series, but QB Ben Roethlisberger made quite a splash in a short time. Big Ben went 12/17 for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns - one to TE Jesse James and one to WR Antonio Brown. He finished with an out of this world QB rating - 136.4.


Then it was Landry Jones' turn to impress. After a disappointing game against the Eagles, Jones bounced back in a big way, completing 19 of his 22 pass attempts for 206 yards, a touchdown pass to WR Sammie Coates and an equally impressive quarterback rating of 120.8.


Time to talk defense. The Steelers defense forced two turnovers thanks to interceptions by LBs Steven Johnson and Tyler Matakevich. There would have been a third turnover - a fumble forced by LB Ryan Shazier and recovered by CB Stephon Tuitt, but the officials determined Cockrell gained posession of the ball just out of bounds. Still, a 2-1 win in the turnover battle is a good day at work.


Despite running 6 fewer offensive plays than the Saints, the Steelers offense managed to win the battle for total net yards, topping the Saints' 360 yards by 57 for a total of 417 yards on offense.


For those of you counting, that's how many interceptions were thrown by the Steelers quarterbacks against the Saints.


Nine of the Steelers' 27 points came from a man who needs no introduction. K Chris Boswell connected on each of his five kicks, including both field goal attempts (40 and 48 yards) and three extra points.


Proving that his new three-year contract was well-earned, LB Vince Williams led the team with 8 total tackles - 5 solo and 3 assist.


Seven different Steelers defenders recorded a pass defensed, including LB Lawrence Timmons, DT Javon Hargrave, LB Steven Johnson, CB William Gay, LB Tyler Matakevich, CB Al-Hajj Shabazz and LB Mike Reilly.


The lone sack of the Steelers defense went to rookie DT Javon Hargrave for a loss of eight yards.

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