Eight Steelers turnovers more than enough

November, 26, 2012
11/26/12
10:39
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David Richard/US PresswireThe Cleveland Browns were always around the ball on Sunday.
How costly were those eight turnovers by the Pittsburgh Steelers in that shocking loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday?

Here are eight notes to know on the Steelers misfortunes, one for each of the eight miscues they committed.

1-- The Steelers had more possessions that ended with turnovers (8) than they had possessions that ended in other ways (7).

2--The eight turnovers committed by the Steelers on Sunday combined to cost Pittsburgh 20.5 “expected points” in a game decided by six.

When we say expected points, we’re basing it on historical data referring to how much the average team would have scored if given the same situations of field position, down, distance, and time remaining.

The five lost fumbles alone cost the Steelers 12.8 expected points.

3-- The overall play of the Steelers offense cost Pittsburgh 23.8 expected points on Sunday, the worst performance by the Steelers offense since the start of 2008.

4-- Overall, the Steelers lost 75.9 percentage points in win probability with their eight turnovers.

5-- The last time the Steelers had at least seven turnovers in a game against the Browns was September 10, 1989, when they had eight. Cleveland won that game 51-0 at Three Rivers Stadium.

6-- Since 1993, six teams have committed eight turnovers in a game. Those teams are 0-6, and the five teams before the Steelers lost by an average of 18.2 points.

7-- Since 1940, a team has been -7 in turnover differential 75 times, Those teams are 3-72 in those 75 games. The Steelers were lucky to keep it close. Only 10 of those 75 were decided by six points or less.

8--In the 347 instances since 1993 in which a team’s quarterback has thrown at least three interceptions and no touchdowns, those teams are 23-323-1. That’s a .067 winning percentage.

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