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1985 Pittsburgh Steelers

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7-9-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1985 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.5, Offense: 0.6, Defense: -1.1, SoS: -2.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 379 points (23.7/g), 9th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 355 points (22.2/g), 15th.
 Differential of 24 points (1.5/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 8.6-7.4.

Coach: Chuck Noll (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Tom Moore
 Defensive Coordinator: Tony Dungy

Stadium: Three Rivers Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Vincent College (Latrobe, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Founder/Principal Owner/President Art Rooney
Director of Player Personnel/de facto General Manager Dick Haley
Offensive Scheme Air Coryell
Defensive Alignment 3-4

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 379 5350 1086 4.9 36 9 25 315 254 512 3173 23 27 5.8 165 541 2177 14 4.0 125
Team Defense 355 4659 990 4.7 34 14 24 273 287 484 2783 18 20 5.4 144 470 1876 19 4.0 105
Lg Rank Offense 9 13 11 2 13 13 13 8 23 13 7 13 17 15
Lg Rank Defense 15 6 21 19 4 7 2 6 16 8 12 12 19 12

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 W 1-0 Indianapolis Colts 45 3 30 445 282 163 1 9 159 112 47 2
2 Mon September 16 boxscore L 1-1 @ Cleveland Browns 7 17 15 216 162 54 2 21 293 148 145 1
3 Sun September 22 boxscore W 2-1 Houston Oilers 20 0 22 335 102 233 8 134 84 50 2
4 Mon September 30 boxscore L 2-2 Cincinnati Bengals 24 37 27 453 340 113 3 23 366 144 222 2
5 Sun October 6 boxscore L 2-3 @ Miami Dolphins 20 24 15 282 145 137 1 24 399 277 122 4
6 Sun October 13 boxscore L 2-4 @ Dallas Cowboys 13 27 14 315 231 84 3 18 374 241 133 2
7 Sun October 20 boxscore W 3-4 St. Louis Cardinals 23 10 15 326 184 142 1 22 286 160 126 3
8 Sun October 27 boxscore L 3-5 @ Cincinnati Bengals 21 26 14 256 169 87 6 20 306 221 85 2
9 Sun November 3 boxscore W 4-5 Cleveland Browns 10 9 17 238 83 155 9 153 87 66
10 Sun November 10 boxscore W 5-5 @ Kansas City Chiefs 36 28 17 396 251 145 1 13 295 259 36 2
11 Sun November 17 boxscore W 6-5 @ Houston Oilers 30 7 24 378 130 248 2 10 162 56 106 2
12 Sun November 24 boxscore L 6-6 Washington Redskins 23 30 20 308 206 102 3 16 259 176 83 1
13 Sun December 1 boxscore L 6-7 Denver Broncos 23 31 22 327 250 77 4 20 331 238 93 1
14 Sun December 8 boxscore L 6-8 @ San Diego Chargers 44 54 28 427 275 152 4 23 448 364 84 3
15 Sun December 15 boxscore W 7-8 Buffalo Bills 30 24 25 434 264 170 3 14 323 134 189 5
16 Sat December 21 boxscore L 7-9 @ New York Giants 10 28 10 214 99 115 2 23 371 82 289 2

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
16 Mark Malone 27 QB 10 8 3-5-0 117 233 50.2% 1428 13 5.6 7 3.0 45 6.1 5.9 12.2 142.8 75.5 10 80 5.55 5.32 4.1
19 David Woodley 27 qb 9 6 4-2-0 94 183 51.4% 1357 6 3.3 14 7.7 69 7.4 4.6 14.4 150.8 54.8 13 84 6.49 3.89 6.6 1 1
10 Scott Campbell 23 qb 16 2 0-2-0 43 96 44.8% 612 4 4.2 6 6.3 51 6.4 4.4 14.2 38.3 53.8 10 60 5.21 3.42 9.4 1 1
Team Total 25.9 16 7-9-0 254 512 49.6% 3397 23 4.5 27 5.3 69 6.6 5.2 13.4 212.3 64.1 33 224 5.82 4.44 6.1 2 2
Opp Total 16 287 484 59.3% 3088 18 3.7 20 4.1 6.4 5.26 10.8 193.0 73.3 36 305 5.4 4.3 6.9

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
30 Frank Pollard 28 FB 16 16 233 991 3 56 4.3 61.9 14.6 24 250 10.4 0 20 1.5 15.6 1241 3 2
34 Walter Abercrombie 26 RB 16 16 227 851 7 32 3.7 53.2 14.2 24 209 8.7 2 27 1.5 13.1 1060 9 5
24 Rich Erenberg 23 14 0 17 67 0 12 3.9 4.8 1.2 33 326 9.9 3 35 2.4 23.3 393 3 1
19 David Woodley 27 qb 9 6 17 71 2 13 4.2 7.9 1.9 71 2 8
16 Mark Malone 27 QB 10 8 15 80 1 25 5.3 8.0 1.5 80 1 3
36 Todd Spencer 23 KR 16 0 13 56 0 11 4.3 3.5 0.8 3 25 8.3 0 13 0.2 1.6 81 0 3
10 Scott Campbell 23 qb 16 2 9 28 0 14 3.1 1.8 0.6 28 0 3
47 Steve Morse 22 16 0 8 17 0 9 2.1 1.1 0.5 17 0 0
83 Louis Lipps* 23 PR/WR 16 16 2 16 1 15 8.0 1.0 0.1 59 1134 19.2 12 51 3.7 70.9 1150 13 5
82 John Stallworth 33 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 75 937 12.5 5 41 4.7 58.6 937 5 0
85 Calvin Sweeney 30 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 234 14.6 0 69 1.0 14.6 234 0 0
87 Weegie Thompson 24 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 138 17.3 1 42 0.5 8.6 138 1 0
89 Bennie Cunningham 31 TE 11 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 61 10.2 0 17 0.5 5.5 61 0 0
86 Preston Gothard 23 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 83 13.8 0 24 0.4 5.2 83 0 0
Team Total 25.9 16 541 2177 14 56 4.0 136.1 33.8 254 3397 13.4 23 69 15.9 212.3 5574 37 31
Opp Total 16 470 1876 19 4.0 117.3 29.4 287 2783 9.7 18 17.9 173.9 4659 37 34

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
83 Louis Lipps* 23 PR/WR 16 16 36 437 2 71 12.1 13 237 0 26 18.2 1824
36 Todd Spencer 23 KR 16 0 27 617 0 40 22.9 698
24 Rich Erenberg 23 14 0 21 441 0 35 21.0 834
22 Rick Woods 26 lcb 16 9 13 46 0 10 3.5 46
41 Sam Washington 25 7 0 3 34 0 14 11.3 34
25 Anthony Tuggle 22 2 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 8
Team Total 25.9 16 49 483 2 71 9.9 65 1337 0 40 20.6 7394
Opp Total 16 43 380 0 8.8 65 1566 0 24.1

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
1 Gary Anderson* 26 K 16 0 1 1 13 12 15 14 9 5 4 1 42 33 78.6%% 40 40 100.0%%
18 Harry Newsome 22 P 16 0 78 3088 59 1 39.6
Team Total 25.9 16 1 1 13 12 15 14 9 5 4 1 42 33 78.6%% 40 40 100.0%% 78 3088 59 1 39.6
Opp Total 16 25 19 76.0%% 43 40 93.0%% 86 3517 40.9

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
19 David Woodley 27 qb 9 6 0 8 2 0 0
83 Louis Lipps* 23 PR/WR 16 16 0 5 4 3 0
56 Robin Cole 30 RILB 16 16 3.0 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0
57 Mike Merriweather* 25 LOLB 16 16 4.0 2 36 1 35 0 0 1 0 0 0
34 Walter Abercrombie 26 RB 16 16 0 5 1 0 0
10 Scott Campbell 23 qb 16 2 0 3 3 0 0
16 Mark Malone 27 QB 10 8 0 3 3 -5 0
31 Donnie Shell 33 SS 16 16 4 40 0 26 0 0 0 2 0 0
67 Gary Dunn 32 NT 10 7 2.5 0 0 3 0 0
93 Keith Willis 26 LDE 16 16 5.5
53 Bryan Hinkle 26 ROLB 14 14 5.0
50 David Little 26 LILB 16 16 1.0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 11 0
49 Dwayne Woodruff 28 LCB 12 10 5 80 0 33 0
78 Mark Catano 23 nt 15 6 3.0 0 0 1 17 0
92 Keith Gary 26 RDE 12 7 3.0 0 0 1 0 0
36 Todd Spencer 23 KR 16 0 0 3 1 0 0
21 Eric Williams 25 FS 14 14 4 47 0 29 0
91 Gregg Carr 23 lb 16 2 1.0 0 0 2 0 0
30 Frank Pollard 28 FB 16 16 0 2 1 0 0
95 John Goodman 27 rde 12 6 2.0
99 Darryl Sims 24 16 0 2.0
26 John Swain 26 db 9 1 2 4 0 4 0
24 Rich Erenberg 23 14 0 0 1 0 -12 0
86 Preston Gothard 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
62 Tunch Ilkin 28 RT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
47 Steve Morse 22 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
64 Edmund Nelson 25 rde 6 6 1.0
85 Calvin Sweeney 30 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
41 Sam Washington 25 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
52 Mike Webster* 33 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
73 Craig Wolfley 27 LG 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
22 Rick Woods 26 lcb 16 9 1.0
Team Total 25.9 16 34.0 20 211 1 35 0 0 31 36 14 0
Opp Total 16 33 34 20

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
1 Gary Anderson* 26 K 16 0 40 33 139
83 Louis Lipps* 23 PR/WR 16 16 1 12 2 15 90
34 Walter Abercrombie 26 RB 16 16 7 2 9 54
82 John Stallworth 33 WR 16 16 5 5 30
24 Rich Erenberg 23 14 0 3 3 18
30 Frank Pollard 28 FB 16 16 3 3 18
19 David Woodley 27 qb 9 6 2 2 12
16 Mark Malone 27 QB 10 8 1 1 6
57 Mike Merriweather* 25 LOLB 16 16 1 1 6
87 Weegie Thompson 24 16 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.9 16 14 23 2 1 40 40 33 379
Opp Total 16 19 18 1 5 40 19 355

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1985-09-08 IND W, 45-3 1 7 pass Louis Lipps 7 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
2 1985-09-08 IND W, 45-3 2 11 pass Louis Lipps 11 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
3 1985-09-08 IND W, 45-3 2 11 pass Rich Erenberg 11 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
4 1985-09-08 IND W, 45-3 3 6 pass John Stallworth 6 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
5 1985-09-08 IND W, 45-3 4 1 rush Mark Malone 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
6 1985-09-08 IND W, 45-3 4 16 pass Louis Lipps 16 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
7 1985-09-16 @ CLE L, 7-17 4 6 pass John Stallworth 6 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
8 1985-09-22 HOU W, 20-0 1 25 pass Louis Lipps 25 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
9 1985-09-22 HOU W, 20-0 1 5 pass Louis Lipps 5 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
10 1985-09-30 CIN L, 24-37 2 15 pass Louis Lipps 15 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
11 1985-09-30 CIN L, 24-37 3 17 pass John Stallworth 17 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
12 1985-09-30 CIN L, 24-37 3 4 pass Rich Erenberg 4 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
13 1985-10-06 @ MIA L, 20-24 2 1 rush Walter Abercrombie 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
14 1985-10-06 @ MIA L, 20-24 2 1 pass Weegie Thompson 1 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
15 1985-10-13 @ DAL L, 13-27 4 1 rush Walter Abercrombie 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
16 1985-10-20 STL W, 23-10 1 45 pass Louis Lipps 45 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
17 1985-10-20 STL W, 23-10 1 14 rush Frank Pollard 14 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
18 1985-10-27 @ CIN L, 21-26 2 49 pass Louis Lipps 49 yard pass from David Woodley (Gary Anderson kick)
19 1985-10-27 @ CIN L, 21-26 4 62 punt Louis Lipps 62 yard punt return (Gary Anderson kick)
20 1985-10-27 @ CIN L, 21-26 4 1 rush Walter Abercrombie 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
21 1985-11-03 CLE W, 10-9 3 32 rush Walter Abercrombie 32 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
22 1985-11-10 @ KAN W, 36-28 1 13 pass John Stallworth 13 yard pass from David Woodley (Gary Anderson kick)
23 1985-11-10 @ KAN W, 36-28 2 71 punt Louis Lipps 71 yard punt return (Gary Anderson kick)
24 1985-11-10 @ KAN W, 36-28 2 2 rush Walter Abercrombie 2 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
25 1985-11-17 @ HOU W, 30-7 2 2 rush Frank Pollard 2 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
26 1985-11-17 @ HOU W, 30-7 3 1 rush David Woodley 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
27 1985-11-17 @ HOU W, 30-7 4 5 rush Walter Abercrombie 5 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
28 1985-11-24 WAS L, 23-30 2 5 pass Louis Lipps 5 yard pass from Scott Campbell (Gary Anderson kick)
29 1985-11-24 WAS L, 23-30 2 9 pass Rich Erenberg 9 yard pass from Scott Campbell (Gary Anderson kick)
30 1985-12-01 DEN L, 23-31 4 31 pass Louis Lipps 31 yard pass from David Woodley (Gary Anderson kick)
31 1985-12-01 DEN L, 23-31 4 35 interception Mike Merriweather 35 yard interception return (Gary Anderson kick)
32 1985-12-08 @ SDG L, 44-54 1 15 pass Walter Abercrombie 15 yard pass from David Woodley (Gary Anderson kick)
33 1985-12-08 @ SDG L, 44-54 2 8 pass Louis Lipps 8 yard pass from David Woodley (Gary Anderson kick)
34 1985-12-08 @ SDG L, 44-54 3 1 rush David Woodley 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
35 1985-12-08 @ SDG L, 44-54 3 25 pass Walter Abercrombie 25 yard pass from David Woodley (Gary Anderson kick)
36 1985-12-08 @ SDG L, 44-54 4 15 rush Louis Lipps 15 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
37 1985-12-15 BUF W, 30-24 2 13 pass Louis Lipps 13 yard pass from Scott Campbell (Gary Anderson kick)
38 1985-12-15 BUF W, 30-24 2 4 rush Frank Pollard 4 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
39 1985-12-15 BUF W, 30-24 4 2 rush Walter Abercrombie 2 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
40 1985-12-21 @ NYG L, 10-28 3 34 pass John Stallworth 34 yard pass from Scott Campbell (Gary Anderson kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1985-09-16 @ CLE W, 17-7 2 17 pass Fred Banks 17 yard pass from Gary Danielson (Matt Bahr kick)
2 1985-09-16 @ CLE W, 17-7 4 21 rush Earnest Byner 21 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
3 1985-09-30 CIN W, 37-24 2 14 rush James Brooks 14 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
4 1985-09-30 CIN W, 37-24 2 26 pass Rodney Holman 26 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
5 1985-09-30 CIN W, 37-24 3 8 pass Eddie Brown 8 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
6 1985-09-30 CIN W, 37-24 4 4 pass Rodney Holman 4 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
7 1985-09-30 CIN W, 37-24 4 32 rush James Brooks 32 yard rush (pass failed)
8 1985-10-06 @ MIA W, 24-20 1 1 rush Tony Nathan 1 yard rush (Fuad Reveiz kick)
9 1985-10-06 @ MIA W, 24-20 2 2 pass Dan Johnson 2 yard pass from Dan Marino (Fuad Reveiz kick)
10 1985-10-06 @ MIA W, 24-20 4 2 rush Lorenzo Hampton 2 yard rush (Fuad Reveiz kick)
11 1985-10-13 @ DAL W, 27-13 2 56 pass Tony Dorsett 56 yard pass from Danny White (Rafael Septien kick)
12 1985-10-13 @ DAL W, 27-13 3 19 interception Eugene Lockhart 19 yard interception return (Rafael Septien kick)
13 1985-10-13 @ DAL W, 27-13 4 35 rush Tony Dorsett 35 yard rush (Rafael Septien kick)
14 1985-10-20 STL L, 10-23 4 5 pass Stump Mitchell 5 yard pass from Neil Lomax (Neil O'Donoghue kick)
15 1985-10-27 @ CIN W, 26-21 2 11 pass Rodney Holman 11 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
16 1985-10-27 @ CIN W, 26-21 2 57 interception Robert Jackson 57 yard interception return (Jim Breech kick)
17 1985-11-10 @ KAN L, 28-36 1 47 interception Deron Cherry 47 yard interception return (Nick Lowery kick)
18 1985-11-10 @ KAN L, 28-36 2 45 pass Jeff Smith 45 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
19 1985-11-10 @ KAN L, 28-36 4 13 pass Jeff Smith 13 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
20 1985-11-10 @ KAN L, 28-36 4 13 pass Anthony Hancock 13 yard pass from Bill Kenney (Nick Lowery kick)
21 1985-11-17 @ HOU L, 7-30 3 15 rush Mike Rozier 15 yard rush (Tony Zendejas kick)
22 1985-11-24 WAS W, 30-23 1 1 rush George Rogers 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
23 1985-11-24 WAS W, 30-23 1 18 pass Clint Didier 18 yard pass from Jay Schroeder (Mark Moseley kick)
24 1985-11-24 WAS W, 30-23 3 1 rush John Riggins 1 yard rush (Mark Moseley kick)
25 1985-12-01 DEN W, 31-23 2 24 pass Clint Sampson 24 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
26 1985-12-01 DEN W, 31-23 4 12 rush Steve Sewell 12 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
27 1985-12-01 DEN W, 31-23 4 2 rush Steve Sewell 2 yard rush (Rich Karlis kick)
28 1985-12-01 DEN W, 31-23 4 42 interception Mike Harden 42 yard interception return (Rich Karlis kick)
29 1985-12-08 @ SDG W, 54-44 1 12 rush Tim Spencer 12 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
30 1985-12-08 @ SDG W, 54-44 1 36 pass Wes Chandler 36 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Bob Thomas kick)
31 1985-12-08 @ SDG W, 54-44 1 20 pass Pete Holohan 20 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Bob Thomas kick)
32 1985-12-08 @ SDG W, 54-44 2 75 pass Wes Chandler 75 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Bob Thomas kick)
33 1985-12-08 @ SDG W, 54-44 2 3 rush Buford McGee 3 yard rush
34 1985-12-08 @ SDG W, 54-44 3 7 rush Buford McGee 7 yard rush (Bob Thomas kick)
35 1985-12-08 @ SDG W, 54-44 4 2 rush Gary Anderson 2 yard rush
36 1985-12-08 @ SDG W, 54-44 4 47 interception Jeffery Dale 47 yard interception return (Bob Thomas kick)
37 1985-12-15 BUF L, 24-30 1 77 rush Greg Bell 77 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
38 1985-12-15 BUF L, 24-30 2 33 pass Jerry Butler 33 yard pass from Bruce Mathison (Scott Norwood kick)
39 1985-12-15 BUF L, 24-30 2 61 fumble Don Wilson 61 yard fumble return (Scott Norwood kick)
40 1985-12-21 @ NYG W, 28-10 1 9 rush Joe Morris 9 yard rush (Eric Schubert kick)
41 1985-12-21 @ NYG W, 28-10 2 65 rush Joe Morris 65 yard rush (Eric Schubert kick)
42 1985-12-21 @ NYG W, 28-10 2 1 rush Joe Morris 1 yard rush (Eric Schubert kick)
43 1985-12-21 @ NYG W, 28-10 2 23 pass Bobby Johnson 23 yard pass from Phil Simms (Eric Schubert kick)