Stats & Info: Mike Tomlin

Top stats to know: Texans-Steelers on MNF

October, 20, 2014
The Houston Texans have lost two straight games after starting the season 3-1, and tonight they visit the 3-3 Pittsburgh Steelers, who lost to Cleveland last week and have alternated wins and losses through six games. Here's what you need to know for "Monday Night Football" (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN).

Steelers strong on Monday night
Since 1992, Pittsburgh has won a record 15 consecutive Monday night home games, last losing to the Giants in 1991.

Coach Mike Tomlin is in his eighth season with the Steelers, and he is 7-2 on Monday night. Only Jim Harbaugh (6-0) has a higher win percentage on Monday night among active coaches.

The Texans are 3-4 on "Monday Night Football," winning their most recent appearance in Week 1 last season at San Diego.

Watt is the problem
To borrow a baseball phrase, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is filling up the box score this season with eight tackles for loss, a league-high five batted passes, four sacks, two fumbles recovered, an interception and even a blocked extra point.

Watt had three batted passes last week, tying a single-game career high. His 31 batted passes since he entered the NFL in 2011 are seven more than any other player.

And oh yeah, Watt has three touchdowns this season, tied for second on the team behind Arian Foster with five. Watt is the only player in the past 50 years to score a touchdown via a fumble return (45 yards), an interception return (80 yards) and a reception (one yard) in a single season.

Rampant running backs
Both lead running backs are having strong seasons, as Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell ranks second in the league with 542 rushing yards, just ahead of third-place Foster (513 yards).

Arian Foster
Le’Veon Bell
Bell trails only DeMarco Murray in rushing yards and is behind only Murray and Matt Forte in yards from scrimmage. Bell has recorded at least 100 scrimmage yards in his first six games this season, joining Murray as the only players to accomplish that.

For Houston, Foster has rebounded from an injury-plagued 2013 season to rush for 100 yards in four of his five games this season, scoring a pair of touchdowns in each of his last two games.

Through six weeks, Foster has carried the ball more than 21 times per game, ranking second in the league behind Murray (26.7).

Record-setting receivers
Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown has at least five catches and 50 receiving yards in an NFL-record 22 straight games. The previous best streak was 19, held by Laveranues Coles, and the second-longest current streak is T.Y. Hilton at five.

Andre Johnson
Antonio Brown
Houston's Andre Johnson is coming off season highs in receptions (seven) and yards (99) last week against Indianapolis.

That game made Johnson the 15th NFL player with over 13,000 career receiving yards. With 13,080 yards, he is nine behind Steve Largent for 14th on the NFL's career list. Johnson is 118 yards behind Andre Reed for 13th place (and most among players named Andre).

Steelers win, TO makes history

November, 9, 2010

Let's take a look at some of the notes, stats and trends from the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals...

• The win makes the Steelers 6-2 at the halfway point of the season for the fourth straight season.

• Mike Tomlin is now 6-0 on Monday Night Football as the Steelers head coach. He's the sixth different head coach to win his first six Monday games.

• Hines Ward caught a pass for the 186th consecutive game. That is the third-longest streak in NFL history. However, he has quite a ways to go to catch the all-time leader. Jerry Rice caught a pass in 274 straight games from 1985 to 2004.

• The Steelers have now allowed 123 points this season. Incredibly, over half of them (63) have been in the fourth quarter. On Monday, 14 of the Bengals' 21 points came in the final frame.

Terrell Owens had two TD receptions as he became the third player in NFL history with at least 150 career TD receptions. The others are Jerry Rice and Randy Moss.

• It's his 32nd career game with at least two TD receptions. Again, only Rice and Moss have more.

• It's also Owens' 51st career game with at least 100 receiving yards. That is the fourth-most in NFL history. Rice, Moss and Marvin Harrison are the three players in front of him in this category.

• Owens is the third player since the merger to post 10 receptions and a pair of receiving touchdowns against the Steelers. The others are Don Beebe and Ben Coates.

Antwaan Randle El threw his fifth career TD pass to Mike Wallace. Wallace caught two passes of at least 35 yards and now has caught seven such balls this season. That is tied with Brandon Lloyd for the NFL lead.

• The Steelers led 27-7 in the fourth quarter, yet almost lost the game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last team to lose a game in which they had a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter was the New York Giants on November 26, 2006. That day they lost to the Tennessee Titans after leading 21-0 in the fourth.