PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A deep dive into the numbers from the Week 3 game against the St. Louis Rams.
26 + 34
With the return of running back Le'Veon Bell to the Steelers lineup, one of the most asked questions was how running back DeAngelo Williams would be utilized. On the Steelers' first offensive play, both running backs emerged from the huddle - and lined up as receivers.
Speaking of #26, Le'Veon Bell rushed 19 times for 62 yards and 1 TD. He also logged 7 receptions for 70 yards for a grand total of 132 yards against the Rams.
Punter Jordan Berry was called upon four times in Week 3. He averaged 49.0 yards per punt and put two of those four inside the 20-yard line. His long punt of the day was a booming 57-yarder.
The Steelers and Rams logged similar defensive performances. The Steelers defense allowed 259 total yards, just one yard more than the Rams defense, which allowed 258 total yards.
The Steelers defense was stingy when it came to third down. The Rams converted just 2 of their 10 (20%) third down opportunities.
The kickers were perfect for both teams, connecting on each their four total field goal attempts.
Let's say it again - Defense. The St. Louis Rams spent 27:41 attempting to cross the goal line. The Steelers defense never let that happen. The Rams were 0-for-1 in in red zone efficiency.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown logged nine receptions in the first half alone. This marks a career-high for receptions in any half of a game, but it also ties a franchise record for the most catches in any half of a game (Hines Ward, 9, second half, 11/30/03 vs. Cincinnati).