Steelers: Best passing game in NFL?

| 3 years ago

Steelers: Best passing game in NFL?

PFF-headlinesOff the back of a disappointing defeat to the New York Jets, this might seem like an odd question to ask. But a look inside the numbers gives this question real credence.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently the only team in the league to have all five starters on the offensive line boast a positive pass blocking grade (with a cumulative +20.2 between them). This coupled with league-leading passing and receiving grades from Ben Roethlisberger (+25.3) and Antonio Brown (+15.6) respectively, have given the Steelers their most formidable air game in recent years.

That doesn’t tell the whole story though, Roethlisberger’s 77.9% accuracy while Passing Under Pressure is easily the best in the league, and augments the strong performance of the Steelers’ offensive line. Roethlisberger’s 98.04 PFF QB Rating (second-best in the league), and 77.0 Accuracy Percentage (fourth-best) offer further proof of a high-functioning passing attack.

It’s a bold statement to suggest this offense compares to the usually free-scoring Denver Broncos. However based on their respective performances so far in 2014, it’s certainly not unfair to say that pound-for-pound, Peyton Manning and company do not sit at the top of the pile alone.

  • [email protected]

    As a Steelers fan, I can tell you that you are NOT wrong on this – our passing game is as good as anyone’s in the league….. when we are on.
    Our problem has been inconsistency, as Chucky mentioned on MNF this past week when we played the Titans.
    But, yes, when the play calling makes sense and if we are on, then I think we are as good as anybody.

    • Madi

      It’s been that way for awhile. Our good games are as good as anybody’s. We’re finally seeing more of it because the OL is not completely terrible anymore.

      Think about next year. Wheaton in year 3, Bryant in year 2, Brown still only in his 6th year.

  • DrAWNiloc

    This might be the clincher: Going into last week, Martavis Bryant had more Fantasy Points Per Game than any other NFL WR. (He’s now 7th, which ain’t shabby.)