Whatever the measure, the Steelers‘The offense has been a mess this year. But one stat in particular illustrates just how lackluster Pittsburgh has been in the team’s first eight games.
NFL analyst Warren Sharp posted a tweet on Wednesday showing each team’s longest touchdown of the season. The Bills have the longest touchdown of the season at 98 yards, while 22 teams have scored at least 50 yards so far. The Steelers? Their longest touchdown of the year was… eight yards.
That’s 24 feet – 288 inches – for you math majors. The length of Pittsburgh’s longest score is less than a first down.
A reasonably prosperous person could afford a 24 foot boat. I could (probably) make two putts from 24 feet, and I’m a horrible putter. The thing is, 24 feet really isn’t very far at all.
In all, the Steelers offense has scored 10 touchdowns in eight games this season. That memorable eight-yard score came in the team’s 17-14 Week 2 loss to the Patriots, when tight end Pat Freiermuth caught a touchdown pass from Mitchell Trubisky early in the fourth quarter. Four of the offense’s 10 touchdowns came from the 1-yard line.
The longest touchdown of the season for Pittsburgh was actually its first touchdown of the year – a 31-yard interception return by Minkah Fitzpatrick – which occurred less than three minutes into the season at the Steelers’ Week 1 overtime win over the Bengals. With nine games to go, time is running out for Kenny Pickett and Co. to start producing some explosive plays.
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