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1987 Pittsburgh Steelers

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8-7-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1987 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.7, Offense: -2.2, Defense: 2.9, SoS: 1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 285 points (19.0/g), 20th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 299 points (19.9/g), 10th.
 Differential of -14 points (-0.9/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 7.1-7.9.

Coach: Chuck Noll (8-7-0)
 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
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 285 4410 973 4.5 33 8 23 263 198 429 2266 13 25 5.0 126 517 2144 11 4.1 114
Team Defense 299 4920 962 5.1 44 17 25 289 290 481 3310 22 27 6.5 170 455 1610 8 3.5 94
Lg Rank Offense 20 25 9 1 25 25 28 27 26 28 4 5 20 6
Lg Rank Defense 10 13 5 11 14 13 23 14 3 27 12 4 5 4

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 13 boxscore W 1-0 San Francisco 49ers 30 17 21 266 83 183 24 356 309 47 4
2 Sun September 20 boxscore L 1-1 @ Cleveland Browns 10 34 17 185 127 58 6 18 304 180 124 2
3 Sun October 4 boxscore W 2-1 @ Atlanta Falcons 28 12 19 361 219 142 3 13 215 148 67 4
4 Sun October 11 boxscore L 2-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 21 31 16 319 170 149 1 15 313 141 172 2
5 Sun October 18 boxscore W 3-2 Indianapolis Colts 21 7 23 378 126 252 1 15 270 195 75 5
6 Sun October 25 boxscore W 4-2 Cincinnati Bengals 23 20 17 282 204 78 17 433 292 141 2
7 Sun November 1 boxscore L 4-3 @ Miami Dolphins 24 35 22 315 199 116 1 26 478 332 146 3
8 Sun November 8 boxscore W 5-3 @ Kansas City Chiefs 17 16 25 391 141 250 4 15 224 123 101 5
9 Sun November 15 boxscore L 5-4 Houston Oilers 3 23 8 170 84 86 3 21 373 221 152 1
10 Sun November 22 boxscore W 6-4 @ Cincinnati Bengals 30 16 14 328 194 134 2 28 448 373 75 5
11 Sun November 29 boxscore L 6-5 New Orleans Saints 16 20 17 284 172 112 6 15 258 144 114 2
12 Sun December 6 boxscore W 7-5 Seattle Seahawks 13 9 18 308 99 209 16 215 80 135 2
13 Sun December 13 boxscore W 8-5 @ San Diego Chargers 20 16 14 254 150 104 1 27 435 321 114 5
14 Sun December 20 boxscore L 8-6 @ Houston Oilers 16 24 22 348 172 176 3 17 283 221 62 1
15 Sat December 26 boxscore L 8-7 Cleveland Browns 13 19 10 221 126 95 2 22 315 230 85 1

Passing

No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
16 Mark Malone 29 QB 12 12 6-6-0 156 336 46.4 1896 6 1.8 19 5.7 63 5.6 3.5 12.2 158.0 46.7 18 151 4.93 2.85 5.1 3 3
15 Steve Bono 25 qb 3 3 2-1-0 34 74 45.9 438 5 6.8 2 2.7 57 5.9 6.1 12.9 146.0 76.3 6 30 5.10 5.23 7.5 0 1
6 Bubby Brister 25 2 0 4 12 33.3 20 0 0.0 3 25.0 10 1.7 -9.6 5.0 10.0 2.8 2 14 0.43 -9.21 14.3
7 Reggie Collier 26 2 0 4 7 57.1 110 2 28.6 1 14.3 49 15.7 15.0 27.5 55.0 101.8 1 3 13.38 12.75 12.5
Team Total 25.7 15 8-7-0 198 429 46.2 2464 13 3.0 25 5.8 63 5.7 3.7 12.4 164.3 50.3 27 198 4.97 3.07 5.9 3 4
Opp Total 15 290 481 60.3 3506 22 4.6 27 5.6 7.3 5.68 12.1 233.7 74.6 26 196 6.5 5.0 5.1

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
No. 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 28 FB 12 9 180 696 1 39 3.9 58.0 15.0 7 52 7.4 0 23 0.6 4.3 748 1 2
30 Frank Pollard 30 fb 12 7 128 536 3 33 4.2 44.7 10.7 14 77 5.5 0 17 1.2 6.4 613 3 3
34 Walter Abercrombie 28 RB 12 12 123 459 2 28 3.7 38.3 10.3 24 209 8.7 0 24 2.0 17.4 668 2 4
16 Mark Malone 29 QB 12 12 34 162 3 42 4.8 13.5 2.8 162 3 10
20 Dwight Stone 23 KR 14 0 17 135 0 51 7.9 9.6 1.2 1 22 22.0 0 22 0.1 1.6 157 0 0
45 Chuck Sanders 23 5 0 11 65 1 14 5.9 13.0 2.2 1 11 11.0 0 11 0.2 2.2 76 1 0
15 Steve Bono 25 qb 3 3 8 27 1 23 3.4 9.0 2.7 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.3 0.7 29 1 5
44 Rodney Carter 23 rb 11 2 5 12 0 4 2.4 1.1 0.5 16 180 11.3 3 26 1.5 16.4 192 3 0
7 Reggie Collier 26 2 0 4 20 0 12 5.0 10.0 2.0 20 0 0
33 Merril Hoge 22 13 0 3 8 0 5 2.7 0.6 0.2 7 97 13.9 1 27 0.5 7.5 105 1 0
18 Harry Newsome 24 P 12 0 2 16 0 16 8.0 1.3 0.2 16 0 1
40 Dan Reeder 26 2 0 2 8 0 4 4.0 4.0 1.0 8 0 0
82 John Stallworth 35 WR 12 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 521 12.7 2 45 3.4 43.4 521 2 1
87 Weegie Thompson 26 wr 12 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 313 18.4 1 63 1.4 26.1 313 1 0
85 Calvin Sweeney 32 WR 9 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 217 13.6 0 34 1.8 24.1 217 0 0
88 Joey Clinkscales 23 wr 7 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 240 18.5 1 57 1.9 34.3 240 1 0
84 Danzell Lee 24 TE 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 124 10.3 0 24 0.9 9.5 124 0 0
83 Louis Lipps 25 wr 4 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 164 14.9 0 27 2.8 41.0 164 0 0
89 Charles Lockett 22 wr 11 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 116 16.6 1 25 0.6 10.5 116 1 1
81 Lyneal Alston 23 wr 3 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 84 28.0 2 42 1.0 28.0 84 2 0
86 Preston Gothard 25 te 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 9 4.5 1 7 1.0 4.5 9 1 0
85 Russell Hairston 23 db 3 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 16 8.0 1 11 0.7 5.3 16 1 1
80 Theo Young 22 te 12 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 10 5.0 0 6 0.2 0.8 10 0 0
65 Jim Boyle 25 t 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0.3 0.0 0 0 0
Team Total 25.7 15 517 2144 11 51 4.1 142.9 34.5 198 2464 12.4 13 63 13.2 164.3 4608 24 37
Opp Total 15 455 1610 8 3.5 107.3 30.3 290 3310 11.4 22 19.3 220.7 4920 30 41

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
26 Rod Woodson 22 PR 8 0 16 135 0 20 8.4 13 290 0 36 22.3 425
20 Dwight Stone 23 KR 14 0 28 568 0 34 20.3 725
83 Mel Anderson 22 2 0 7 38 0 10 5.4 1 8 0 8 8.0 46
83 Louis Lipps 25 wr 4 2 7 46 0 12 6.6 210
28 Lupe Sanchez 26 db 12 3 6 116 0 27 19.3 116
27 Thomas Everett 23 FS 12 9 4 22 0 11 5.5 22
86 Ralph Britt 22 3 0 2 9 0 5 4.5 9
47 Bruce Jones 25 2 0 2 38 0 22 19.0 38
89 Charles Lockett 22 wr 11 1 2 3 0 5 1.5 119
23 Spark Clark 22 1 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
29 Cornell Gowdy 24 db 13 3 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
33 Merril Hoge 22 13 0 1 13 0 13 13.0 118
99 Avon Riley 29 3 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 25.7 15 36 244 0 20 6.8 56 1060 0 36 18.9 5912
Opp Total 15 46 395 0 8.6 65 1083 0 16.7

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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 24 P 12 0 64 2678 57 1 41.8
1 Gary Anderson 28 K 12 0 9 8 5 5 11 7 2 2 27 22 81.5% 21 21 100.0%
10 John Bruno 23 p 3 0 16 619 56 1 38.7
5 David Trout 30 k 3 0 1 1 2 0.0% 10 10 100.0%
Team Total 25.7 15 10 8 6 5 11 7 2 2 29 22 75.9% 31 31 100.0% 80 3297 57 2 41.2
Opp Total 15 26 20 76.9% 34 31 91.2% 70 2744 39.2

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
27 Thomas Everett 23 FS 12 9 3 22 0 21 0 1 1 2 7 0 72 0
26 Rod Woodson 22 PR 8 0 1 45 1 45 0 0 3 2 0 0 20 0
98 Gerald Williams 24 nt 9 1 1.0 0 0 1 0 0 17 0
54 Hardy Nickerson 22 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 17 0
16 Mark Malone 29 QB 12 12 0 10 5 -3 0
57 Mike Merriweather 27 LOLB 12 12 5.5 2 26 0 15 0 0 0 4 4 0
78 Tim Johnson 22 12 0 5 0
15 Steve Bono 25 qb 3 3 0 5 3 0 0
34 Walter Abercrombie 28 RB 12 12 0 4 3 2 0
53 Bryan Hinkle 28 ROLB 12 12 2.0 3 15 0 8 0 0 1 1 0 0
35 Delton Hall 22 RCB 12 12 3 29 1 25 0 0 1 2 50 1
43 Earnest Jackson 28 FB 12 9 0 2 3 0 0
49 Dwayne Woodruff 30 LCB 12 12 5 91 1 33 0
92 Keith Gary 28 rde 11 6 4.0
29 Cornell Gowdy 24 db 13 3 2 50 1 45 0 0 0 2 1 0
30 Frank Pollard 30 fb 12 7 0 3 1 1 0
91 Gregg Carr 25 12 0 3.0 1
56 Robin Cole 32 RILB 12 12 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
93 Keith Willis 28 LDE 11 10 3.0
50 David Little 28 LILB 12 12 1.5 0 0 1 0 0
86 Ralph Britt 22 3 0 0 1 1 0 0
33 Larry Griffin 24 db 7 3 2 2 0 2 0
89 Charles Lockett 22 wr 11 1 0 1 1 0 0
18 Harry Newsome 24 P 12 0 0 1 1 -17 0
99 Avon Riley 29 3 0 1 4 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
31 Donnie Shell 35 SS 13 13 1 50 1 50 0 0 0 1 19 1
95 Xavier Warren 23 2 0 1.0 0 0 1 11 0
72 Buddy Aydelette 31 lt 12 5 0 0 1 5 0
91 Tommy Dawkins 22 de 2 2 1.0
67 Gary Dunn 34 NT 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
42 Dave Edwards 25 db 3 3 1 0 0 0 0
85 Russell Hairston 23 db 3 2 0 1 0 0 0
84 Danzell Lee 24 TE 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
64 Edmund Nelson 27 RDE 10 8 0 0 1 0 0
28 Lupe Sanchez 26 db 12 3 0 1 0 0 0
41 Chris Sheffield 24 5 0 1 2 0 2 0
82 John Stallworth 35 WR 12 11 0 1 0 0 0
20 Dwight Stone 23 KR 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
87 Weegie Thompson 26 wr 12 3 0 0 1 0 0
94 Bert Williams 23 lb 3 3 0 0 1 0 0
97 Joe Williams 22 3 0 1.0
35 Ray Williams 22 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
73 Craig Wolfley 29 LG 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.7 15 24.0 27 336 5 50 0 1 37 45 80 2 131 0 1
Opp Total 15 27 41 24 2

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1 Gary Anderson 28 K 12 0 21 22 87
44 Rodney Carter 23 rb 11 2 3 3 18
16 Mark Malone 29 QB 12 12 3 3 18
30 Frank Pollard 30 fb 12 7 3 3 18
34 Walter Abercrombie 28 RB 12 12 2 2 12
81 Lyneal Alston 23 wr 3 1 2 2 12
35 Delton Hall 22 RCB 12 12 1 1 2 12
31 Donnie Shell 35 SS 13 13 1 1 2 12
82 John Stallworth 35 WR 12 11 2 2 12
5 David Trout 30 k 3 0 10 10
15 Steve Bono 25 qb 3 3 1 1 6
88 Joey Clinkscales 23 wr 7 3 1 1 6
86 Preston Gothard 25 te 2 2 1 1 6
29 Cornell Gowdy 24 db 13 3 1 1 6
85 Russell Hairston 23 db 3 2 1 1 6
33 Merril Hoge 22 13 0 1 1 6
43 Earnest Jackson 28 FB 12 9 1 1 6
89 Charles Lockett 22 wr 11 1 1 1 6
45 Chuck Sanders 23 5 0 1 1 6
87 Weegie Thompson 26 wr 12 3 1 1 6
49 Dwayne Woodruff 30 LCB 12 12 1 1 6
26 Rod Woodson 22 PR 8 0 1 1 6
91 Gregg Carr 25 12 0 1 2
Team Total 25.7 15 11 13 2 5 31 31 22 1 285
Opp Total 15 8 22 3 1 31 20 2 299