Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 7/1/12
Offense In a league full of parity, the Steelers are one of the few teams that have managed to remain good every season. Since drafting Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers have won at least 8 games in all 8 seasons, at least 10 games in 6 seasons and at least 12 games in 4 seasons, including a 12-4 record last year. Since 2004, they have an 89-39 record, 2nd to only the Patriots over that time period. And it’s not all about Ben Roethlisberger. Sure, Roethlisberger is one of the game’s elite quarterbacks, but the Steelers have had one of the three best defenses, in terms of points per game allowed, 6 times since 2004. Not so coincidentally, those were the same 6 seasons they had 10+ wins. Last year was no different as they had the league’s best scoring defense (14.2 points per game) and the league’s best yardage defense (4348 yards). Even more amazing is that they did this despite a mere 15 takeaways, actually fewest in the league. Since 2002, 38 teams have had 20 or fewer takeaways in ...
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