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1986 Pittsburgh Steelers

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6-10-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1986 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.0, Offense: -1.3, Defense: 0.3, SoS: 0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 307 points (19.2/g), 18th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 336 points (21.0/g), 17th.
 Differential of -29 points (-1.8/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 7.1-8.9.

Coach: Chuck Noll (6-10-0)
 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 307 4811 1075 4.5 36 16 27 292 238 491 2588 16 20 5.1 140 564 2223 18 3.9 125
Team Defense 336 5252 1050 5.0 33 13 30 303 311 536 3380 22 20 5.8 176 471 1872 10 4.0 97
Lg Rank Offense 18 20 13 13 17 21 24 21 12 23 4 7 7 14
Lg Rank Defense 17 18 20 20 15 20 18 21 14 15 11 15 4 19

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 7 boxscore L 0-1 @ Seattle Seahawks 0 30 9 146 61 85 5 20 374 172 202 2
2 Mon September 15 boxscore L 0-2 Denver Broncos 10 21 17 236 206 30 3 20 326 235 91 1
3 Sun September 21 boxscore L 0-3 @ Minnesota Vikings 7 31 13 235 154 81 3 22 412 250 162 1
4 Sun September 28 boxscore W OT 1-3 @ Houston Oilers 22 16 22 375 161 214 2 19 281 200 81 3
5 Sun October 5 boxscore L 1-4 Cleveland Browns 24 27 19 308 132 176 4 16 270 162 108 3
6 Mon October 13 boxscore L 1-5 @ Cincinnati Bengals 22 24 15 288 180 108 1 16 359 211 148 1
7 Sun October 19 boxscore L 1-6 New England Patriots 0 34 11 168 54 114 4 16 317 243 74 1
8 Sun October 26 boxscore W 2-6 Cincinnati Bengals 30 9 22 332 94 238 23 371 249 122 2
9 Sun November 2 boxscore W 3-6 Green Bay Packers 27 3 19 321 195 126 2 11 240 179 61 4
10 Sun November 9 boxscore L 3-7 @ Buffalo Bills 12 16 11 185 132 53 1 18 248 76 172 1
11 Sun November 16 boxscore W 4-7 Houston Oilers 21 10 20 287 116 171 1 19 291 220 71 2
12 Sun November 23 boxscore L OT 4-8 @ Cleveland Browns 31 37 20 339 197 142 1 35 536 414 122 1
13 Sun November 30 boxscore L OT 4-9 @ Chicago Bears 10 13 18 291 159 132 3 25 406 235 171 3
14 Sun December 7 boxscore W 5-9 Detroit Lions 27 17 23 421 218 203 3 13 281 178 103 3
15 Sat December 13 boxscore W 6-9 @ New York Jets 45 24 25 364 189 175 1 22 369 223 146 4
16 Sun December 21 boxscore L 6-10 Kansas City Chiefs 19 24 28 515 340 175 2 8 171 133 38 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
16 Mark Malone 28 QB 14 14 6-8-0 216 425 50.8% 2444 15 3.5 18 4.2 48 5.8 4.6 11.3 174.6 62.5 13 97 5.36 4.19 3.0 0 2
6 Bubby Brister 24 qb 2 2 0-2-0 21 60 35.0% 291 0 0.0 2 3.3 58 4.9 3.4 13.9 145.5 37.6 6 57 3.55 2.18 9.1
10 Scott Campbell 24 3 0 0 4 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 1 5 -1.00 -1.00 20.0
18 Harry Newsome 23 P 16 0 1 2 50.0% 12 1 50.0 0 0.0 12 6.0 16.0 12.0 0.8 108.3 0 0 6.00 16.00 0.0
Team Total 26.4 16 6-10-0 238 491 48.5% 2747 16 3.3 20 4.1 58 5.6 4.4 11.5 171.7 59.7 20 159 5.06 3.93 3.9 0 2
Opp Total 16 311 536 58.0% 3669 22 4.1 20 3.7 6.8 5.99 11.8 229.3 77.1 43 289 5.8 5.0 7.4

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
43 Earnest Jackson* 27 FB 13 13 216 910 5 31 4.2 70.0 16.6 17 169 9.9 0 28 1.3 13.0 1079 5 3
34 Walter Abercrombie 27 RB 16 16 214 877 6 38 4.1 54.8 13.4 47 395 8.4 2 27 2.9 24.7 1272 8 4
24 Rich Erenberg 24 rb 16 0 42 170 1 17 4.0 10.6 2.6 27 217 8.0 3 19 1.7 13.6 387 4 1
16 Mark Malone 28 QB 14 14 31 107 5 45 3.5 7.6 2.2 107 5 7
30 Frank Pollard 29 rb 3 3 24 86 0 12 3.6 28.7 8.0 2 15 7.5 0 10 0.7 5.0 101 0 1
36 David Hughes 27 5 0 14 32 0 8 2.3 6.4 2.8 10 98 9.8 0 22 2.0 19.6 130 0 3
40 Dan Reeder 25 11 0 6 20 0 6 3.3 1.8 0.5 2 4 2.0 0 3 0.2 0.4 24 0 0
6 Bubby Brister 24 qb 2 2 6 10 1 9 1.7 5.0 3.0 10 1 1
83 Louis Lipps 24 WR 13 12 4 -3 0 8 -0.8 -0.2 0.3 38 590 15.5 3 48 2.9 45.4 587 3 2
45 Chuck Sanders 22 rb 14 0 4 12 0 13 3.0 0.9 0.3 2 19 9.5 0 10 0.1 1.4 31 0 0
80 Warren Seitz 24 16 0 3 2 0 2 0.7 0.1 0.2 2 0 0
82 John Stallworth 34 WR 11 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 34 466 13.7 1 40 3.1 42.4 466 1 0
86 Preston Gothard 24 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 246 11.7 1 34 1.3 15.4 246 1 0
85 Calvin Sweeney 31 wr 16 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 21 337 16.0 1 58 1.3 21.1 337 1 0
87 Weegie Thompson 25 wr 16 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 191 11.2 5 20 1.1 11.9 191 5 0
Team Total 26.4 16 564 2223 18 45 3.9 138.9 35.3 238 2747 11.5 16 58 14.9 171.7 4970 34 27
Opp Total 16 471 1872 10 4.0 117.0 29.4 311 3380 10.9 22 19.4 211.3 5252 32 31

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
22 Rick Woods 27 PR 15 0 33 294 0 41 8.9 1 17 0 17 17.0 311
28 Lupe Sanchez 25 KR 11 4 25 591 0 64 23.6 591
37 Donnie Elder 24 9 0 21 425 0 36 20.2 425
45 Chuck Sanders 22 rb 14 0 8 148 0 29 18.5 179
40 Dan Reeder 25 11 0 4 52 0 17 13.0 76
83 Louis Lipps 24 WR 13 12 3 16 0 10 5.3 603
36 David Hughes 27 5 0 2 16 0 16 8.0 146
80 Warren Seitz 24 16 0 2 25 0 14 12.5 27
57 Mike Merriweather* 26 LOLB 16 16 1 27 0 27 27.0 27
63 Pete Rostosky 25 t 11 1 1 3 0 3 3.0 3
85 Calvin Sweeney 31 wr 16 7 1 0 0 0 0.0 337
Team Total 26.4 16 36 310 0 41 8.6 66 1304 0 64 19.8 6584
Opp Total 16 34 364 0 10.7 56 1362 3 24.3

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
18 Harry Newsome 23 P 16 0 86 3447 64 3 40.1
1 Gary Anderson 27 K 16 0 1 7 6 7 6 14 9 3 32 21 65.6%% 32 32 100.0%%
Team Total 26.4 16 1 7 6 7 6 14 9 3 32 21 65.6%% 32 32 100.0%% 86 3447 64 3 40.1
Opp Total 16 39 22 56.4%% 38 36 94.7%% 82 3198 39.0

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
98 Gerald Williams 23 16 0 3.5 14 0
93 Keith Willis 27 LDE 16 16 12.0
57 Mike Merriweather* 26 LOLB 16 16 6.0 2 14 0 11 0 0 0 2 18 0
53 Bryan Hinkle 27 ROLB 16 16 4.5 3 7 0 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
16 Mark Malone 28 QB 14 14 0 7 1 -8 0
64 Edmund Nelson 26 RDE 16 16 5.0 0 0 2 0 0
92 Keith Gary 27 16 0 6.5
28 Lupe Sanchez 25 KR 11 4 3 71 1 67 0 0 2 1 0 0
22 Rick Woods 27 PR 15 0 3 26 0 23 0 0 2 0 0 0
34 Walter Abercrombie 27 RB 16 16 0 4 0 0 0
36 David Hughes 27 5 0 0 3 1 0 0
43 Earnest Jackson* 27 FB 13 13 0 3 1 0 0
21 Eric Williams 26 FS 16 16 3 44 0 25 0 0 0 1 0 0
67 Gary Dunn 33 NT 16 16 2.5 0 0 1 0 0
33 Harvey Clayton 25 RCB 15 12 3 18 0 14 0
83 Louis Lipps 24 WR 13 12 0 2 1 0 0
31 Donnie Shell 34 SS 15 15 3 29 0 17 0
56 Robin Cole 31 RILB 16 16 0.5 0 0 2 0 0
37 Donnie Elder 24 9 0 0 1 1 0 0
24 Rich Erenberg 24 rb 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
99 Darryl Sims 25 16 0 1.0 0 0 1 2 0
6 Bubby Brister 24 qb 2 2 0 1 0 0 0
96 Anthony Henton 23 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Terry Long 27 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
30 Frank Pollard 29 rb 3 3 0 1 0 0 0
80 Warren Seitz 24 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Dirt Winston 31 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
73 Craig Wolfley 28 LG 9 9 0 0 1 0 0
50 David Little 27 LILB 16 16 0.5
Team Total 26.4 16 42.0 20 218 1 67 0 0 27 22 12 0 14 0 1
Opp Total 16 20 31 18

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 27 K 16 0 32 21 95
34 Walter Abercrombie 27 RB 16 16 6 2 8 48
43 Earnest Jackson* 27 FB 13 13 5 5 30
16 Mark Malone 28 QB 14 14 5 5 30
87 Weegie Thompson 25 wr 16 4 5 5 30
24 Rich Erenberg 24 rb 16 0 1 3 4 24
83 Louis Lipps 24 WR 13 12 3 3 18
6 Bubby Brister 24 qb 2 2 1 1 6
86 Preston Gothard 24 TE 16 16 1 1 6
28 Lupe Sanchez 25 KR 11 4 1 1 6
82 John Stallworth 34 WR 11 9 1 1 6
85 Calvin Sweeney 31 wr 16 7 1 1 6
42 Dave Edwards 24 db 16 1 1 2
Team Total 26.4 16 18 16 1 35 32 21 1 307
Opp Total 16 10 22 3 1 2 36 22 336

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1986-09-15 DEN L, 10-21 4 7 rush Rich Erenberg 7 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
2 1986-09-21 @ MIN L, 7-31 1 18 pass Walter Abercrombie 18 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
3 1986-09-28 @ HOU W, 22-16 3 19 pass Calvin Sweeney 19 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
4 1986-09-28 @ HOU W, 22-16 5 3 rush Walter Abercrombie 3 yard rush
5 1986-10-05 CLE L, 24-27 2 1 rush Mark Malone 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
6 1986-10-05 CLE L, 24-27 2 5 pass Rich Erenberg 5 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
7 1986-10-05 CLE L, 24-27 3 6 pass Louis Lipps 6 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
8 1986-10-13 @ CIN L, 22-24 1 1 rush Bubby Brister 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
9 1986-10-13 @ CIN L, 22-24 3 1 rush Earnest Jackson 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
10 1986-10-26 CIN W, 30-9 2 10 pass Rich Erenberg 10 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
11 1986-10-26 CIN W, 30-9 2 9 pass Weegie Thompson 9 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
12 1986-10-26 CIN W, 30-9 4 1 rush Earnest Jackson 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
13 1986-11-02 GNB W, 27-3 1 18 pass Weegie Thompson 18 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
14 1986-11-02 GNB W, 27-3 3 9 pass Weegie Thompson 9 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
15 1986-11-02 GNB W, 27-3 4 6 pass Weegie Thompson 6 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
16 1986-11-09 @ BUF L, 12-16 3 5 rush Earnest Jackson 5 yard rush
17 1986-11-09 @ BUF L, 12-16 3 11 pass Weegie Thompson 11 yard pass from Mark Malone
18 1986-11-16 HOU W, 21-10 1 8 rush Walter Abercrombie 8 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
19 1986-11-16 HOU W, 21-10 1 3 rush Earnest Jackson 3 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
20 1986-11-16 HOU W, 21-10 2 17 pass Rich Erenberg 17 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
21 1986-11-23 @ CLE L, 31-37 1 1 rush Walter Abercrombie 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
22 1986-11-23 @ CLE L, 31-37 2 38 rush Walter Abercrombie 38 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
23 1986-11-23 @ CLE L, 31-37 3 1 rush Mark Malone 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
24 1986-11-23 @ CLE L, 31-37 4 1 rush Mark Malone 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
25 1986-11-30 @ CHI L, 10-13 3 12 pass Preston Gothard 12 yard pass from Harry Newsome (Gary Anderson kick)
26 1986-12-07 DET W, 27-17 2 12 pass Louis Lipps 12 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
27 1986-12-07 DET W, 27-17 3 1 rush Earnest Jackson 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
28 1986-12-07 DET W, 27-17 3 39 pass Louis Lipps 39 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
29 1986-12-13 @ NYJ W, 45-24 2 1 rush Walter Abercrombie 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
30 1986-12-13 @ NYJ W, 45-24 2 7 pass Walter Abercrombie 7 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
31 1986-12-13 @ NYJ W, 45-24 4 1 rush Mark Malone 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
32 1986-12-13 @ NYJ W, 45-24 4 40 pass John Stallworth 40 yard pass from Mark Malone (Gary Anderson kick)
33 1986-12-13 @ NYJ W, 45-24 4 67 interception Lupe Sanchez 67 yard interception return (Gary Anderson kick)
34 1986-12-13 @ NYJ W, 45-24 4 1 rush Walter Abercrombie 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
35 1986-12-21 KAN L, 19-24 3 9 rush Mark Malone 9 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1986-09-07 @ SEA W, 30-0 2 4 pass Daryl Turner 4 yard pass from Dave Krieg
2 1986-09-07 @ SEA W, 30-0 3 18 interception Dave Brown 18 yard interception return (Norm Johnson kick)
3 1986-09-07 @ SEA W, 30-0 4 10 pass Steve Largent 10 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Norm Johnson kick)
4 1986-09-07 @ SEA W, 30-0 4 49 rush Randall Morris 49 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)
5 1986-09-15 DEN W, 21-10 2 21 pass Steve Watson 21 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
6 1986-09-15 DEN W, 21-10 3 34 pass Steve Sewell 34 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
7 1986-09-15 DEN W, 21-10 4 13 pass Sammy Winder 13 yard pass from John Elway (Rich Karlis kick)
8 1986-09-21 @ MIN W, 31-7 1 55 pass Hassan Jones 55 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Chuck Nelson kick)
9 1986-09-21 @ MIN W, 31-7 1 16 pass Hassan Jones 16 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Chuck Nelson kick)
10 1986-09-21 @ MIN W, 31-7 3 12 rush Allen Rice 12 yard rush (Chuck Nelson kick)
11 1986-09-21 @ MIN W, 31-7 4 9 pass Jim Gustafson 9 yard pass from Tommy Kramer (Chuck Nelson kick)
12 1986-09-28 @ HOU L, 16-22 2 35 pass Ernest Givins 35 yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick)
13 1986-10-05 CLE W, 27-24 1 15 pass Webster Slaughter 15 yard pass from Bernie Kosar (Matt Bahr kick)
14 1986-10-05 CLE W, 27-24 2 100 kickoff Gerald McNeil 100 yard kickoff return (Matt Bahr kick)
15 1986-10-05 CLE W, 27-24 4 4 rush Earnest Byner 4 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
16 1986-10-13 @ CIN W, 24-22 1 32 pass Rodney Holman 32 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
17 1986-10-13 @ CIN W, 24-22 2 7 pass Tim McGee 7 yard pass from Boomer Esiason (Jim Breech kick)
18 1986-10-13 @ CIN W, 24-22 4 61 rush Jeff Hayes 61 yard rush (Jim Breech kick)
19 1986-10-19 NWE W, 34-0 1 43 pass Stephen Starring 43 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Tony Franklin kick)
20 1986-10-19 NWE W, 34-0 2 37 interception Fred Marion 37 yard interception return (Tony Franklin kick)
21 1986-10-19 NWE W, 34-0 2 10 pass Tony Collins 10 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Tony Franklin kick)
22 1986-10-19 NWE W, 34-0 3 2 pass Willie Scott 2 yard pass from Steve Grogan (Tony Franklin kick)
23 1986-11-09 @ BUF W, 16-12 1 3 pass Andre Reed 3 yard pass from Jim Kelly
24 1986-11-09 @ BUF W, 16-12 2 5 rush Robb Riddick 5 yard rush (Scott Norwood kick)
25 1986-11-16 HOU L, 10-21 1 33 pass Ernest Givins 33 yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick)
26 1986-11-23 @ CLE W, 37-31 2 2 rush Curtis Dickey 2 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
27 1986-11-23 @ CLE W, 37-31 2 1 rush Kevin Mack 1 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
28 1986-11-23 @ CLE W, 37-31 2 20 pass Ozzie Newsome 20 yard pass from Bernie Kosar (Matt Bahr kick)
29 1986-11-23 @ CLE W, 37-31 3 4 rush Curtis Dickey 4 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick)
30 1986-11-23 @ CLE W, 37-31 5 36 pass Webster Slaughter 36 yard pass from Bernie Kosar
31 1986-11-30 @ CHI W, 13-10 4 3 rush Walter Payton 3 yard rush (Kevin Butler kick)
32 1986-12-07 DET L, 17-27 2 60 rush Garry James 60 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
33 1986-12-07 DET L, 17-27 3 1 pass Jeff Chadwick 1 yard pass from Joe Ferguson (Eddie Murray kick)
34 1986-12-13 @ NYJ L, 24-45 2 93 kickoff Jo-Jo Townsell 93 yard kickoff return (Pat Leahy kick)
35 1986-12-13 @ NYJ L, 24-45 2 24 pass Kurt Sohn 24 yard pass from Ken O'Brien (Pat Leahy kick)
36 1986-12-13 @ NYJ L, 24-45 4 5 pass Mickey Shuler 5 yard pass from Pat Ryan (Pat Leahy kick)
37 1986-12-21 KAN W, 24-19 1 0 fumble Deron Cherry 0 yard fumble return (Nick Lowery kick)
38 1986-12-21 KAN W, 24-19 2 97 kickoff Boyce Green 97 yard kickoff return (Nick Lowery kick)
39 1986-12-21 KAN W, 24-19 2 78 blocked field goal Lloyd Burruss 78 yard blocked field goal return (Nick Lowery kick)