Analyzing the Steelers first 5 games of the 2023 season, by the numbers
The Pittsburgh Steelers were not in action during Week 6 as they were in the second group of teams with their bye week. With the Steelers being idle and the rest of the AFC North winning their matchups, it was not a good weekend for Steelers fans as the Ravens moved back into first place in the division. But since there was to game to break down, let’s take a look at some numbers so far this season.
So without further ado, here are some of the numbers involved in the Steelers first five games of the 2023 season.
The Steelers have followed suit every game in 2023 where if they win the turnover battle they win the game. The Steelers are +5 this season in the turnover department as they have had 6 turnovers to 11 takeaways.
While looking at the splash plays, next up is sacks as the Steelers have achieved three more sacks than what they have allowed. The Steelers defense has 17 sacks on the season while the offense has surrendered 14 sacks.
Through five games of the season, the Steelers offene is only averaging one touchdown a game as they have five offensive touchdowns for the year. Steelers have no rushing touchdowns through five games while having two defensive touchdowns.
One thing that has really helped out the Steelers offense through five games is that Chris Boswell has been a perfect 10 for 10 in field-goal attempts with a long of 57 yards. Boswell has also knocked through all five of his extra point attempts. Boswell is one of six kickers who has been the only kicker for their team in 2023 and has been successful with all thier kicks.
The Steelers have managed to average only 3.4 yards per rushing attempt through the first five games of the 2023 season. With 117 attempts for 402 yards, the Steelers are being out gained by their opponents in the rushing department by 317 yards. The Steelers leading rusher for the season is Najee Harris with 247 yards on 63 rushing attempts which is only 49.4 yards per game.
It has been well documented how slow the Steelers have been starting each game this season. In fact, the Steelers offense has only scored seven points in the first quarter in the first five games. Ironically, the Steelers defense has matched the total of seven points scored in the first quarter. In all, the Steelers have been out scored 14 to 37 in the first quarter this season.
Of the five opponents the Steelers face the season, all five teams have at least a .500 record through the first six weeks of the season. In all, the Steelers opponents they have faced this season are 18–11 including their games against the Steelers.
By suffering two blowout losses and winning three one-score games, the Steelers are carrying a hefty negative point differential out of the bye as they are -31 points on the season. The Steelers are the only team with a winning record who currently have a negative point differential in 2023.
In a very tough division which happens to be the only one in the NFL where every team is it .500 or better, the Steelers hold a key advantage in the AFC North. Even though the Baltimore Ravens surpassed them for first place during the bye week, the Steelers still carry a 2–0 divisional record which is a great start for something that will be key when it comes to tiebreakers later in the season.
Out of all the numbers, this is still the only one that matters. The Steelers have managed to win three games out of five for the season despite their limited offensive production. If the Steelers can get a few things fixed on both sides of the ball, being able to win games early in the year while not playing their best football will go a long way in shaping their record for the 2023 season.
So there are some numbers to help put the Steelers first five games in perspective. Although there are still legitimate concerns with the Steelers offense and defense, the Steelers have a winning record and are undefeated in the AFC North.
So what numbers from the Steelers season so far stand out to you? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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