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1940 Pittsburgh Steelers

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2-7-2, Finished 4th in NFL East Division  · 1940 NFL Season Summary

Scored 60 points (5.5/g), 10th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 178 points (16.2/g), 7th.
 Differential of -118 points (-10.7/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 0.8-10.2.

Coach: Walt Kiesling (2-7-2)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: St. Francis University (Loretto, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/General Manager Art Rooney

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 60 1977 592 3.3 27 0 97 58 189 875 4 27 4.6 403 1102 2 2.7 97
Team Defense 178 2722 630 4.3 23 15 83 192 1231 9 8 6.4 438 1491 12 3.4
Lg Rank Offense 10 10 8 1 10 8 10 9 8 9 6 9 10 9
Lg Rank Defense 7 4 10 3 1 4 3 4 10 7 8 8 7 6

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 8 boxscore T 0-0-1 Chicago Cardinals 7 7 3 129 64 65 3 9 192 128 64 4
2 Sun September 15 boxscore T 0-0-2 New York Giants 10 10 8 197 60 137 3 9 215 111 104 2
2 Sun September 22 boxscore W 1-0-2 @ Detroit Lions 10 7 11 209 37 172 1 13 231 44 187 4
4 Sun September 29 boxscore L 1-1-2 Brooklyn Dodgers 3 10 7 188 111 77 3 14 315 56 259 2
5 Sun October 6 boxscore L 1-2-2 Washington Redskins 10 40 15 188 93 95 4 14 333 186 147 1
4 Sun October 13 boxscore L 1-3-2 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 0 21 12 213 76 137 3 8 240 121 119 2
5 Sun October 20 boxscore L 1-4-2 @ New York Giants 0 12 7 148 108 40 4 14 300 142 158 6
6 Sun October 27 boxscore L 1-5-2 @ Green Bay Packers 3 24 9 95 34 61 5 13 296 120 176 3
7 Sun November 3 boxscore L 1-6-2 @ Washington Redskins 10 37 10 289 194 95 1 11 371 204 167
10 Sun November 10 boxscore W 2-6-2 Philadelphia Eagles 7 3 8 171 26 145 2 8 129 59 70 1
10 Thu November 28 boxscore L 2-7-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 0 7 5 130 65 65 6 8 120 67 53 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Billy Patterson 22 P/TB 11 9 34 117 29.1% 529 3 2.6 15 12.8 0 4.5 -0.7 15.6 48.1 14.9 0 0
Tommy Thompson 24 qb 11 2 9 28 32.1% 145 1 3.6 3 10.7 31 5.2 1.1 16.1 13.2 22.8 0 0
Merl Condit* 23 hb 10 2 2 15 13.3% 33 0 0.0 2 13.3 0 2.2 -3.8 16.5 3.3 0.0 0 0
Coley McDonough 25 4 0 8 14 57.1% 92 0 0.0 3 21.4 0 6.6 -3.1 11.5 23.0 37.5 0 0
Boyd Brumbaugh 25 b 8 4 2 7 28.6% 46 0 0.0 1 14.3 0 6.6 0.1 23.0 5.8 14.9 0 0
Lou Tomasetti 24 HB 10 9 3 6 50.0% 30 0 0.0 2 33.3 0 5.0 -10.0 10.0 3.0 25.0 0 0
George Kiick 23 FB 11 4 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 50.0 0 0.0 -22.5 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 24.9 11 58 189 30.7% 875 4 2.1 27 14.3 31 4.6 -1.4 15.1 79.5 14.4 0 0
Opp Total 11 83 192 43.2% 1231 9 4.7 8 4.2 6.4 5.47 14.8 111.9 63.1 0 0 6.4 5.5 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Billy Patterson 22 P/TB 11 9 87 171 0 0 2.0 15.5 7.9 171 0 0
Lou Tomasetti 24 HB 10 9 68 246 1 0 3.6 24.6 6.8 6 129 21.5 1 26 0.6 12.9 375 2 0
George Kiick 23 FB 11 4 66 212 0 0 3.2 19.3 6.0 3 22 7.3 0 0 0.3 2.0 234 0 0
Merl Condit* 23 hb 10 2 52 205 0 0 3.9 20.5 5.2 4 30 7.5 1 0 0.4 3.0 235 1 0
Swede Johnston 30 b 10 3 41 113 0 0 2.8 11.3 4.1 113 0 0
Tommy Thompson 24 qb 11 2 40 39 0 0 1.0 3.5 3.6 4 55 13.8 0 0 0.4 5.0 94 0 0
Boyd Brumbaugh 25 b 8 4 32 79 0 0 2.5 9.9 4.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.1 0.0 79 0 0
Coley McDonough 25 4 0 15 33 1 0 2.2 8.3 3.8 33 1 0
John Noppenberg 23 b 9 4 2 4 0 0 2.0 0.4 0.2 4 74 18.5 0 0 0.4 8.2 78 0 0
George Platukis 25 LE 11 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 290 19.3 2 45 1.4 26.4 290 2 0
Bill Sortet 28 RE 11 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 112 16.0 0 0 0.6 10.2 112 0 0
Hank Bruder 33 BB 8 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 49 9.8 0 0 0.6 6.1 49 0 0
Walt Kichefski 24 e 11 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 26 6.5 0 0 0.4 2.4 26 0 0
John Klumb 24 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 76 25.3 0 0 0.8 19.0 76 0 0
Ev Fisher 26 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 12 6.0 0 0 0.5 3.0 12 0 0
Team Total 24.9 11 403 1102 2 0 2.7 100.2 36.6 58 875 15.1 4 45 5.3 79.5 1977 6 0
Opp Total 11 438 1491 12 3.4 135.5 39.8 83 1231 14.8 9 7.5 111.9 2722 21 0

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Billy Patterson 22 P/TB 11 9 43 1693 68 0 39.4
Armand Niccolai 29 K/RT 11 11 14 6 42.9%% 6 6 100.0%%
Merl Condit* 23 hb 10 2 12 453 59 0 37.8
Swede Johnston 30 b 10 3 8 321 50 0 40.1
Boyd Brumbaugh 25 b 8 4 6 194 44 0 32.3
Coley McDonough 25 4 0 4 160 47 0 40.0
John Noppenberg 23 b 9 4 4 136 50 0 34.0
John Yurchey 23 1 0 3 121 41 0 40.3
Team Total 24.9 11 14 6 42.9%% 6 6 100.0%% 80 3078 68 0 38.5
Opp Total 11 6 23 20 87.0%%

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Tommy Thompson 24 qb 11 2 3 23 0 0 0
Merl Condit* 23 hb 10 2 2 7 0 0 0
Armand Niccolai 29 K/RT 11 11 1 5 0 5 0
John Noppenberg 23 b 9 4 1 27 0 27 0
Frank Sullivan 28 c 9 2 1 0 0 0 0
Team Total 24.9 11 8 62 0 27 0
Opp Total 11 0 -15 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Armand Niccolai 29 K/RT 11 11 6 6 24
George Platukis 25 LE 11 11 2 2 12
Lou Tomasetti 24 HB 10 9 1 1 2 12
Merl Condit* 23 hb 10 2 1 1 6
Coley McDonough 25 4 0 1 1 6
Team Total 24.9 11 2 4 6 6 6 60
Opp Total 11 12 9 2 20 6 1 178

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1940-09-08 CRD T, 7-7 2 45 pass George Platukis 45 yard pass from Billy Patterson (Armand Niccolai kick)
2 1940-09-15 NYG T, 10-10 1 26 pass Lou Tomasetti 26 yard pass from Billy Patterson (Armand Niccolai kick)
3 1940-09-22 @ DET W, 10-7 4 3 rush Lou Tomasetti 3 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)
4 1940-10-06 WAS L, 10-40 3 pass Merl Condit unknown yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Armand Niccolai kick)
5 1940-11-03 @ WAS L, 10-37 2 31 pass George Platukis 31 yard pass from Billy Patterson (Armand Niccolai kick)
6 1940-11-10 PHI W, 7-3 3 1 rush Coley McDonough 1 yard rush (Armand Niccolai kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1940-09-08 CRD T, 7-7 3 44 pass Johnny Hall 44 yard pass from Beryl Clark (Beryl Clark kick)
2 1940-09-15 NYG T, 10-10 3 1 rush Lee Shaffer 1 yard rush (Ward Cuff kick)
3 1940-09-22 @ DET L, 7-10 2 33 rush Lloyd Cardwell 33 yard rush (Whizzer White kick)
4 1940-09-29 BKN W, 10-3 1 1 rush Pug Manders 1 yard rush (Ace Parker kick)
5 1940-10-06 WAS W, 40-10 1 64 interception Jimmy Johnston 64 yard interception return (Bob Masterson kick)
6 1940-10-06 WAS W, 40-10 1 1 rush Bob Seymour 1 yard rush (Bob Masterson kick)
7 1940-10-06 WAS W, 40-10 2 30 pass Wayne Millner 30 yard pass from Frank Filchock (Bo Russell kick)
8 1940-10-06 WAS W, 40-10 3 1 rush Jimmy Johnston 1 yard rush (Bob Masterson kick)
9 1940-10-06 WAS W, 40-10 3 2 rush Jimmy Johnston 2 yard rush
10 1940-10-06 WAS W, 40-10 4 10 rush Bob Seymour 10 yard rush
11 1940-10-13 @ BKN W, 21-0 1 2 rush Pug Manders 2 yard rush (Ace Parker kick)
12 1940-10-13 @ BKN W, 21-0 1 7 pass Perry Schwartz 7 yard pass from Ace Parker (Ace Parker kick)
13 1940-10-13 @ BKN W, 21-0 4 8 pass Bill Leckonby 8 yard pass from Ralph Kercheval (Ralph Kercheval kick)
14 1940-10-20 @ NYG W, 12-0 1 60 pass Ward Cuff 60 yard pass from Eddie Miller (Ward Cuff kick)
15 1940-10-27 @ GNB W, 24-3 1 35 interception Bob Adkins 35 yard interception return (Tiny Engebretsen kick)
16 1940-10-27 @ GNB W, 24-3 4 2 rush Frank Balazs 2 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
17 1940-10-27 @ GNB W, 24-3 4 19 pass Don Hutson 19 yard pass from Hal Van Every (Tiny Engebretsen kick)
18 1940-11-03 @ WAS W, 37-10 1 39 pass Jimmy Johnston 39 yard pass from Sammy Baugh
19 1940-11-03 @ WAS W, 37-10 2 12 rush Frank Filchock 12 yard rush (Bo Russell kick)
20 1940-11-03 @ WAS W, 37-10 3 45 pass Jimmy Johnston 45 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
21 1940-11-03 @ WAS W, 37-10 4 15 pass Bob Masterson 15 yard pass from Frank Filchock (Bo Russell kick)
22 1940-11-03 @ WAS W, 37-10 4 1 rush Dick Todd 1 yard rush (Bo Russell kick)
23 1940-11-28 @ PHI W, 7-0 4 17 rush Dick Riffle 17 yard rush (George Somers kick)