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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
One positive from Steelers' eight turnovers

By Jamison Hensley

It's a rare occurrence for the Pittsburgh Steelers to turn the ball over eight times. It hasn't happened in 23 years. How long ago is that? None of the Steelers running backs who fumbled Sunday were even in grade school in 1989.

But here's another remarkable feat from Sunday's 20-14 loss at Cleveland: the Steelers still managed to keep the game close despite those turnovers.

Our friends at ESPN Stats & Information came up with eight points about the Steelers' eight turnovers, and you should click on the link to read the entire piece. What stood out to me was how the Steelers went against the trend in terms of margin of defeat.

Since 1993, six teams have committed eight turnovers in a game. Those teams are 0-6, and the five teams before the Steelers lost by an average of 18.2 points.

Since 1940, a team has been minus-7 in turnover differential 75 times. Those teams are 3-72 in those 75 games. Only 10 of those 75 were decided by six points or less.

What helped the Steelers was the fact the Browns only scored 17 points off the turnovers. Here's what happened following the Steelers' eight giveaways: four punts, two touchdowns, one field goal and one turnover that ended the game.