Steelers don’t need starters to set multiple franchise records


The Pittsburgh Steelers made the decision to rest their starters against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday despite an outside shot of wrestling home-field advantage in the AFC from the New England Patriots and set multiple franchise records while doing so.

With leading sacker Cameron Heyward resting on the bench, the Steelers recorded 6 sacks to set a franchise record for the season with 56 and best their previous best of 55 in 1994 and 2001. On the other side of the ball, JuJu Smith-Schuster set a franchise record for receiving yards by a rookie, passing Jimmy Orr’s 910 yards in 1958.

Smith-Schuster had 9 catches for 143 yards and a score against the Brown and will finish the regular season with 58 catches for 917 yards and a touchdown. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and finished with 265 all-purpose yards on the day.

The Steelers would go on to win, albeit narrowly, 28-24 while the Patriots would take care of business against the New York Jets, so the Steelers kept their starters out of harm’s way and still gave themselves a shot to land the No. 1 seed had New England faltered. And to set a couple of long-standing franchise records in the process was a nice bonus on an otherwise cold and bitter afternoon.

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