The Chiefs still did a few things well against the Steelers. And, as usual, a few things very badly.
We've got some good stats and some bad stats from the KC Chiefs Monday night loss to the Steelers. I went heavy on the good stats because, let's face it, we all know how awful this season has been. Every single thing we say about the team doesn't have to be about them being 1-8. (Maybe only 99 percent of the things we say.)
Good stats and bad stats for Chiefs-Steelers:
The good stats
(Stats via the Chiefs)
The Chiefs held the Steelers to 249 net yards of total offense in the contest. It was the first time that Pittsburgh has been held to fewer than 250 yards of offense since the Steelers were held to 210 yards against Baltimore (10/3/10). It was only the second time all season that Pittsburgh's been held under 300 net offensive yards.
Ben Roethlisberger's injury helped here but he only had a few more yards passing than his backup, Byron Leftwich. The Steelers top two backs averaged less than three yards per carry. They forced two fumbles. It was a successful day defensively.
LB Derrick Johnson forced a fumble of RB Isaac Redman. It was his first forced fumble of the season and the 17th of his career. His 17 forced fumbles rank him fourth all time in Chiefs history. He registered 13 tackles (12 solo) in the game. It marks his third double-digit tackle performance of the season. With those 13 tackles, he now has 827 career tackles, tying DB Kevin Ross (827) for fifth in team history.
He is this generation's DT or Neil Smith. That defender that's on the team for a decade. Not saying he's on the level of a DT or Neil Smith (well, maybe Smith) he's going to spend close to 10 years here. He'll break a lot of records.
WR Dwayne Bowe caught four passes for 55 yards (13.8 avg.) in tonight's game, moving into sixth place all-time in team history with 5,553 career receiving yards. He passed E Chris Burford (5,505) for sixth.
If Bowe spends another season in Kansas City, he'll be pushing third place, which is currently owned by Henry Marshall at 6,545 yards.
RB Jamaal Charles carried the ball 23 times for 100 yards (4.3 avg.) with one rushing touchdown in tonight's contest. The game marks his third 100-yard rushing performance of the season and the 13th of his career. The rushing touchdown was his third of the season and the 15th of his career. All three of Charles' touchdown rushes in 2012 have been 10 or more yards (91, 37, 12).
Charles touched the ball on every Chiefs possession except the final one of regulation.
Also, that last stat is neat: all of Charles rushing TDs this season have come from beyond 10 yards.
TE Tony Moeaki recorded three catches for a career-high 68 yards (22.7 avg.), including a career-long 38-yard reception in the first quarter from QB Matt Cassel. Moeaki's previous long reception was a 34-yard catch.
Moeaki's big day came out of nowhere. His 38-yard reception in the first quarter put the Chiefs in field goal range, which was the first sign the Chiefs were going to end the streak. That was confirmed when Charles sprinted through the middle of the field for six.
P Dustin Colquitt punted eight times for 337 yards and landed five of those punts inside the 20-yard line. All three are season-high marks for 2012.
Extend this man's contract, please.
The bad stats
(Stats via ESPN Stats and Info)
Pittsburgh's defense caused all sorts of trouble for Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who was 1-for-8 against five-or-more pass rushers.
Cassel is not good under pressure. We all know that.
The Steelers also forced Cassel into 0-for-8 passing on third down. Cassel's eight third-down pass attempts are the most any quarterback has had in a single game without a completion in the last five seasons.
Wow. Really? Before this game, Cassel led the NFL in completion percentage on third down.
Another streak extended though, as head coach Romeo Crennel fell to 0-9 as a head coach against the Steelers, the worst record by any current coach against a team.