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1955 Pittsburgh Steelers

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4-8-0, Finished 6th in NFL East Division  · 1955 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.5, Offense: -2.5, Defense: -1.0, SoS: 4.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 195 points (16.2/g), 12th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 285 points (23.8/g), 11th.
 Differential of -90 points (-7.5/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 3.5-8.5.

Coach: Walt Kiesling (4-8-0)

Stadium: Forbes Field
 Training Camp: St. Bonaventure University (Allegany, New York)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/President Art Rooney
General Manager Francis Fogarty

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 195 3671 830 4.4 47 17 18 211 189 390 2387 12 30 5.8 119 420 1284 13 3.1 74
Team Defense 285 3109 765 4.1 29 19 11 176 123 242 1295 19 10 4.8 67 494 1814 11 3.7 98
Lg Rank Offense 12 6 12 4 7 3 3 9 12 3 8 12 6 12
Lg Rank Defense 11 2 12 4 3 1 1 12 12 1 11 6 4 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Mon September 26 boxscore W 1-0 Chicago Cardinals 14 7 23 355 236 119 5 8 86 25 61 2
2 Sun October 2 boxscore L 1-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 26 27 16 258 103 155 3 20 346 190 156 3
3 Sun October 9 boxscore W 2-1 New York Giants 30 23 26 459 297 162 4 11 290 225 65 3
4 Sat October 15 boxscore W 3-1 Philadelphia Eagles 13 7 17 306 105 201 3 6 148 140 8 5
5 Sun October 23 boxscore W 4-1 @ New York Giants 19 17 22 359 212 147 16 284 189 95 2
6 Sun October 30 boxscore L 4-2 @ Philadelphia Eagles 0 24 11 176 119 57 3 18 245 86 159 1
7 Sat November 5 boxscore L 4-3 @ Chicago Cardinals 13 27 21 466 321 145 6 12 261 78 183 1
8 Sun November 13 boxscore L 4-4 Detroit Lions 28 31 26 451 367 84 5 12 234 169 65 2
9 Sun November 20 boxscore L 4-5 @ Cleveland Browns 14 41 16 238 173 65 5 18 267 68 199 2
10 Sun November 27 boxscore L 4-6 Washington Redskins 14 23 15 308 243 65 6 20 300 -32 332 1
11 Sun December 4 boxscore L 4-7 Cleveland Browns 7 30 8 123 97 26 5 19 343 70 273 1
12 Sun December 11 boxscore L 4-8 @ Washington Redskins 17 28 10 172 114 58 2 16 305 87 218 6

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
7 Jim Finks 28 QB 12 12 4-8-0 165 344 48.0% 2270 10 2.9 26 7.6 62 6.6 3.8 13.8 189.2 47.7 0 0
18 Ted Marchibroda 24 7 0 24 43 55.8% 280 2 4.7 3 7.0 47 6.5 4.3 11.7 40.0 62.2 0 0
12 Vic Eaton 22 P/PR 12 0 0 2 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
49 Lynn Chandnois 30 RH 8 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 25.9 12 4-8-0 189 390 48.5% 2550 12 3.1 30 7.7 62 6.5 3.7 13.5 212.5 47.9 0 0
Opp Total 12 123 242 50.8% 1530 19 7.9 10 4.1 6.3 6.03 12.4 127.5 79.7 29 235 4.8 4.5 10.7

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
33 Fran Rogel 28 FB 12 0 168 588 2 19 3.5 49.0 14.0 24 222 9.3 0 28 2.0 18.5 810 2 5
49 Lynn Chandnois 30 RH 8 0 105 353 5 23 3.4 44.1 13.1 27 385 14.3 0 51 3.4 48.1 738 5 2
25 Ray Mathews* 26 LH 12 0 57 187 1 23 3.3 15.6 4.8 42 762 18.1 6 61 3.5 63.5 949 7 1
7 Jim Finks 28 QB 12 12 35 76 4 9 2.2 6.3 2.9 76 4 5
39 Sid Watson 23 KR 12 0 29 31 0 15 1.1 2.6 2.4 19 223 11.7 1 62 1.6 18.6 254 1 7
28 Leon Campbell 28 12 0 18 42 0 27 2.3 3.5 1.5 9 76 8.4 0 36 0.8 6.3 118 0 1
18 Ted Marchibroda 24 7 0 6 -1 1 8 -0.2 -0.1 0.9 -1 1 3
36 Marion Motley 35 7 0 2 8 0 8 4.0 1.1 0.3 8 0 0
81 Elbie Nickel 33 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 36 488 13.6 2 30 3.0 40.7 488 2 0
83 Ed Bernet 22 LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 22 276 12.5 1 38 1.8 23.0 276 1 1
89 Jack O'Brien 23 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 9 105 11.7 2 38 0.8 8.8 105 2 0
87 Jack McClairen 24 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 1.1 13 0 0
Team Total 25.9 12 420 1284 13 27 3.1 107.0 35.0 189 2550 13.5 12 62 15.8 212.5 3834 25 26
Opp Total 12 494 1814 11 3.7 151.2 41.2 123 1295 10.5 19 10.3 107.9 3109 30 35

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
39 Sid Watson 23 KR 12 0 23 15 0 12 0.7 27 716 0 49 26.5 985
12 Vic Eaton 22 P/PR 12 0 23 73 0 20 3.2 73
49 Lynn Chandnois 30 RH 8 0 9 223 0 46 24.8 961
28 Leon Campbell 28 12 0 4 133 0 55 33.3 251
72 Bob Gaona 24 LT 12 0 2 4 0 4 2.0 4
61 Marv Matuszak 24 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
33 Fran Rogel 28 FB 12 0 1 81 0 61 81.0 891
Team Total 25.9 12 46 88 0 20 1.9 44 1157 0 61 26.3 5079
Opp Total 12 42 1577 1 37.5 38 779 0 20.5

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
12 Vic Eaton 22 P/PR 12 0 66 2522 57 0 38.2
62 Art Michalik 25 K/MG 12 0 12 1 8.3%% 15 9 60.0%%
27 Tad Weed 22 k 6 0 6 3 50.0%% 12 12 100.0%%
85 Joe Zombek 23 1 0 5 201 45 0 40.2
Team Total 25.9 12 18 4 22.2%% 27 21 77.8%% 71 2723 57 0 38.4
Opp Total 12 25 12 48.0%% 36 33 91.7%% 80 3377 42.2

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
39 Sid Watson 23 KR 12 0 0 7 1 0 0
50 John Reger 24 RLB 12 0 2 11 0 9 0 0 0 5 4 0
7 Jim Finks 28 QB 12 12 0 5 1 0 0
33 Fran Rogel 28 FB 12 0 0 5 0 0 0
60 Dale Dodrill* 29 12 0 2 25 0 25 0 0 0 2 0 0
24 Richie McCabe 22 RS 12 0 3 29 0 25 0 0 0 1 76 1
49 Lynn Chandnois 30 RH 8 0 0 2 1 0 0
18 Ted Marchibroda 24 7 0 0 3 0 0 0
61 Marv Matuszak 24 4 0 1 7 0 7 0 0 1 1 0 0
72 Bob Gaona 24 LT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
42 Jim Hill 26 LDH 10 0 1 9 0 9 0 0 0 1 11 0
76 Willie McClung 25 RDT 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
70 Ernie Stautner* 30 RG 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
61 Lou Tepe 25 C 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
83 Ed Bernet 22 LE 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
80 Jack Butler* 28 RDH 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
28 Leon Campbell 28 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
41 Dick Doyle 25 LS 12 0 1 4 0 4 0
78 Lou Ferry 28 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
57 Dick Flanagan 29 LLB 12 0 0 0 1 9 0
25 Ray Mathews* 26 LH 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
84 Bill McPeak 29 RDE 10 0 0 0 1 2 0
82 Ed Meadows 23 LDE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
85 Joe O'Malley 22 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Frank Varrichione* 23 RT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.9 12 10 85 0 25 0 0 26 28 102 1
Opp Total 12 20 35 16

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
25 Ray Mathews* 26 LH 12 0 1 6 7 42
49 Lynn Chandnois 30 RH 8 0 5 5 30
7 Jim Finks 28 QB 12 12 4 4 24
27 Tad Weed 22 k 6 0 12 3 21
62 Art Michalik 25 K/MG 12 0 9 1 12
81 Elbie Nickel 33 RE 12 0 2 2 12
89 Jack O'Brien 23 12 0 2 2 12
33 Fran Rogel 28 FB 12 0 2 2 12
83 Ed Bernet 22 LE 12 0 1 1 6
18 Ted Marchibroda 24 7 0 1 1 6
24 Richie McCabe 22 RS 12 0 1 1 6
85 Joe O'Malley 22 10 0 1 1 6
39 Sid Watson 23 KR 12 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.9 12 13 12 1 1 27 21 4 195
Opp Total 12 11 19 1 5 33 12 285

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1955-09-26 CRD W, 14-7 3 4 pass Jack O'Brien 4 yard pass from Jim Finks (Art Michalik kick)
2 1955-09-26 CRD W, 14-7 4 27 pass Ray Mathews 27 yard pass from Jim Finks (Art Michalik kick)
3 1955-10-02 @ RAM L, 26-27 3 8 rush Lynn Chandnois 8 yard rush (Art Michalik kick)
4 1955-10-02 @ RAM L, 26-27 3 1 rush Jim Finks 1 yard rush
5 1955-10-02 @ RAM L, 26-27 4 2 rush Lynn Chandnois 2 yard rush
6 1955-10-02 @ RAM L, 26-27 4 50 fumble Richie McCabe 50 yard fumble return (Art Michalik kick)
7 1955-10-09 NYG W, 30-23 2 13 pass Ed Bernet 13 yard pass from Jim Finks
8 1955-10-09 NYG W, 30-23 3 1 rush Jim Finks 1 yard rush (Art Michalik kick)
9 1955-10-09 NYG W, 30-23 4 1 rush Fran Rogel 1 yard rush (Art Michalik kick)
10 1955-10-09 NYG W, 30-23 4 23 pass Ray Mathews 23 yard pass from Jim Finks (Art Michalik kick)
11 1955-10-15 PHI W, 13-7 1 1 rush Jim Finks 1 yard rush (Art Michalik kick)
12 1955-10-15 PHI W, 13-7 3 2 rush Lynn Chandnois 2 yard rush
13 1955-10-23 @ NYG W, 19-17 1 21 rush Ray Mathews 21 yard rush
14 1955-10-23 @ NYG W, 19-17 2 2 rush Jim Finks 2 yard rush (Art Michalik kick)
15 1955-10-23 @ NYG W, 19-17 3 4 rush Lynn Chandnois 4 yard rush
16 1955-11-05 @ CRD L, 13-27 2 21 pass Ray Mathews 21 yard pass from Jim Finks (Tad Weed kick)
17 1955-11-13 DET L, 28-31 2 6 pass Jack O'Brien 6 yard pass from Jim Finks (Tad Weed kick)
18 1955-11-13 DET L, 28-31 4 1 rush Lynn Chandnois 1 yard rush (Tad Weed kick)
19 1955-11-13 DET L, 28-31 4 47 pass Ray Mathews 47 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Tad Weed kick)
20 1955-11-13 DET L, 28-31 4 8 rush Ted Marchibroda 8 yard rush (Tad Weed kick)
21 1955-11-20 @ CLE L, 14-41 1 16 pass Elbie Nickel 16 yard pass from Jim Finks (Tad Weed kick)
22 1955-11-20 @ CLE L, 14-41 2 30 pass Elbie Nickel 30 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Tad Weed kick)
23 1955-11-27 WAS L, 14-23 2 61 pass Ray Mathews 61 yard pass from Jim Finks (Tad Weed kick)
24 1955-11-27 WAS L, 14-23 4 62 pass Sid Watson 62 yard pass from Jim Finks (Tad Weed kick)
25 1955-12-04 CLE L, 7-30 4 fumble Joe O'Malley yard fumble return (Tad Weed kick)
26 1955-12-11 @ WAS L, 17-28 2 1 rush Fran Rogel 1 yard rush (Tad Weed kick)
27 1955-12-11 @ WAS L, 17-28 2 29 pass Ray Mathews 29 yard pass from Jim Finks (Tad Weed kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1955-09-26 CRD L, 7-14 4 92 interception Leo Sanford 92 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
2 1955-10-02 @ RAM W, 27-26 2 1 rush Dan Towler 1 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
3 1955-10-02 @ RAM W, 27-26 2 74 pass Bob Boyd 74 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)
4 1955-10-02 @ RAM W, 27-26 4 17 pass Tom Fears 17 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Les Richter kick)
5 1955-10-09 NYG L, 23-30 1 25 pass Kyle Rote 25 yard pass from Frank Gifford (Ben Agajanian kick)
6 1955-10-09 NYG L, 23-30 3 34 pass Buford Long 34 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
7 1955-10-09 NYG L, 23-30 4 71 pass Kyle Rote 71 yard pass from Charlie Conerly
8 1955-10-15 PHI L, 7-13 2 42 interception Bibbles Bawel 42 yard interception return (Dick Bielski kick)
9 1955-10-23 @ NYG L, 17-19 1 5 pass Kyle Rote 5 yard pass from Don Heinrich (Ben Agajanian kick)
10 1955-10-23 @ NYG L, 17-19 2 16 pass Bob Schnelker 16 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
11 1955-10-30 @ PHI W, 24-0 3 29 rush Ted Wegert 29 yard rush (Dick Bielski kick)
12 1955-10-30 @ PHI W, 24-0 3 10 pass Pete Pihos 10 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Dick Bielski kick)
13 1955-10-30 @ PHI W, 24-0 4 2 rush Ted Wegert 2 yard rush (Dick Bielski kick)
14 1955-11-05 @ CRD W, 27-13 1 26 interception Pat Summerall 26 yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)
15 1955-11-05 @ CRD W, 27-13 2 34 pass Gern Nagler 34 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
16 1955-11-05 @ CRD W, 27-13 2 18 pass Dave Mann 18 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
17 1955-11-13 DET W, 31-28 2 30 pass Dave Middleton 30 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick)
18 1955-11-13 DET W, 31-28 2 34 pass Lew Carpenter 34 yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Doak Walker kick)
19 1955-11-13 DET W, 31-28 3 21 pass Doak Walker 21 yard pass from Bill Stits (Doak Walker kick)
20 1955-11-13 DET W, 31-28 4 7 interception Bill Stits 7 yard interception return (Doak Walker kick)
21 1955-11-20 @ CLE W, 41-14 1 15 interception Ken Konz 15 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
22 1955-11-20 @ CLE W, 41-14 2 6 pass Dante Lavelli 6 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
23 1955-11-20 @ CLE W, 41-14 2 42 pass Dante Lavelli 42 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
24 1955-11-20 @ CLE W, 41-14 3 3 rush Ed Modzelewski 3 yard rush
25 1955-11-20 @ CLE W, 41-14 3 4 rush Otto Graham 4 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
26 1955-11-20 @ CLE W, 41-14 4 5 rush Maurice Bassett 5 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
27 1955-11-27 WAS W, 23-14 1 20 rush Leo Elter 20 yard rush (Norb Hecker kick)
28 1955-11-27 WAS W, 23-14 2 33 rush Leo Elter 33 yard rush (Vic Janowicz kick)
29 1955-11-27 WAS W, 23-14 3 49 punt Joe Scudero 49 yard punt return
30 1955-12-04 CLE W, 30-7 1 4 rush Otto Graham 4 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
31 1955-12-04 CLE W, 30-7 2 46 pass Ray Renfro 46 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
32 1955-12-04 CLE W, 30-7 3 17 pass Pete Brewster 17 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
33 1955-12-11 @ WAS W, 28-17 1 22 rush Leo Elter 22 yard rush (Vic Janowicz kick)
34 1955-12-11 @ WAS W, 28-17 3 11 pass Ralph Thomas 11 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Vic Janowicz kick)
35 1955-12-11 @ WAS W, 28-17 4 5 pass Dale Atkeson 5 yard pass from Eddie LeBaron (Vic Janowicz kick)
36 1955-12-11 @ WAS W, 28-17 4 3 rush Vic Janowicz 3 yard rush (Vic Janowicz kick)