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09-21-2011, 02:07 AM
Steelers Week 2: By the numbers

AP/Don Wright
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Sunday's 24-0 victory over Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks was Mike Tomlin's fifth straight win in the home opener.

Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 6:58 pm | Updated: 7:35 am, Tue Sep 20, 2011.

By Mike Bires mbires@timesonline.com | 0 comments

Times sports reporter Mike Bires makes some "by the numbers" observations in the aftermath of the Steelers' 24-0 win Sunday over the Seahawks:

0: That's how many turnovers the Steelers' defense has produced after two games. No interceptions. No fumble recoveries. So it will be tough to match their takeaway total of last year when they ranked second in the NFL after creating 35 turnovers (21 picks, 14 fumbles). But at least the Steelers improved their overall team ranking by dominating the Seahawks. They're second in the league in total defense, fifth vs. the pass and 12th vs. the run.

3: That's where Daniel Sepulveda ranks among NFL punters in yards per kick. Sepulveda, who had to battle Jeremy Kapinos for a roster spot during training camp, is averaging 55.1 yards per punt. Only San Francisco's Andy Lee (573) and Oakland's Shane Lechler (56.0) have boomed it further. Sepulveda entered the season with a career average of 43.4. One of his punts Sunday was a career-best 66 yarder.

5-0: That's the record of both coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in home openers. Now in his fifth year with the Steelers, Tomlin's has a 44-22 regular-season record. At Heinz Field, he's 25-8 including 7-0 in September. Meanwhile, the Steelers are 70-30 in games Roethlisberger has started, including a 39-12 mark at Heinz Field. In the five home openers he's won, Roethlisberger has completed 74.2 percent of his throws with seven TDs, only three INTs and a 111.9 passer rating.

10: That's how many times Mike Wallace has surpassed 100 receiving yards in a game. He's done it five straight games including twice this season (107 vs. the Ravens, 126 vs. the Seahawks). Hines Ward holds the franchise record for most 100-yard receiving games with 34. But he didn't get his first until his 57th game as a pro. Wallace, a third-round pick in 2009, played in his 34th game Sunday.

50: That's how many career sacks outside linebacker James Harrison has in his career. When he dropped Tarvaris Jackson in the fourth quarter Sunday, he became the seventh player in Steelers' history to reach 50 or more sacks in a career. Harrison, 33, has averaged 11.3 sacks in each of his four years as a starter. If he gets 11 this year, he'll be tied with Joey Porter for fourth on the Steelers' all-time list with 60.