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Steelers Reach Stunning Milestone for 100th Time Under Mike Tomlin



Steelers T.J. Watt

For the second game in a row and the 100th time under Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Steelers recorded multiple sacks  and takeaways in their 23-15 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday night at Allegiant Stadium. The defense sacked Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo four times and forced three interceptions. According to ESPN Stats & Info, no team has registered more multiple sack and takeaway games since Tomlin become the Steelers head coach in 2007. Pittsburgh has produced 10 sacks and seven takeaways during their two-game winning streak.

Steelers All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt has been on a tear this season, recording six sacks in three games. That’s more than he had all of last year (5.5) when he played just 10 games. Per Next Gen Stats, on Sunday night, Watt recorded six pressures and two sacks on 29 pass rushes against right tackle Jermaine Eluemunor (20.7% pressure rate). Eluemunor had allowed just one pressure in his first two games this season. His 2.1% pressure rate was the lowest among right tackles in Weeks 1-2. The Raiders didn’t even allow a single sack this season prior to facing the Steelers.

Outside linebacker Alex Highsmith was kept at bay by Raiders left tackle Kolton Miller, recording no tackles and two quarterback hits. That provided opportunities for other Steelers to make plays, however, and rookie defensive tackle Keeanu Benton did just that by notching his first sack in the NFL.

Benton used his club-swim move to get it done, which has afforded him many wins throughout his short career, and at Wisconsin. With Cam Heyward out for a considerable amount of time, Benton has stepped up to make numerous plays in the two games since Heyward went on injured reserve.

Backup outside linebacker Markus Golden recorded the fourth sack for the Steelers in the game, and it was a beauty. Golden executed a cross chop/club/rip move on Miller and displayed impressive bend to bring down Garoppolo.