There are concerns most times a team has to go n the road, but has there been a significant difference for the Steelers in 2020?
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 9-0 and looking to get to double-digit wins in only 10 for the first time in franchise history. The next test is a trip to Jacksonville to take on the 1-8 Jaguars. Although they are at the bottom of the NFL standings and have lost eight straight games, having to go on the road can sometimes be a concern.
In this installment of Crunching the Numbers, we’ll take a look at some of the numbers in regards to how the Steelers have performed on the road this season.
When it comes to the offense, the Steelers have averaged 26.25 points per game in there four road contests in 2020. While this is a very solid points total, it is almost a touchdown less than what they have been averaging at home which is 33.2 points per game.
When it comes to the defense, the Steelers are only giving up 20.75 points per game on the road. When comparing it to their home games, it is just over a field goal more as at home they are averaging 17.6 points per game surrendered.
Something which skews the numbers when it comes to road games is the Steelers have been underdogs in two of the four games in which they have played on the road. The Steelers were one point underdogs in Tennessee in Week 7 followed by four point underdogs in Baltimore in Week 8. As we know, the Steelers were victorious in both these games. Since half of the Steelers road games are against teams they were not supposed to beat, the fact that their numbers do not have much of a drop off is quite significant. When it comes to home games in 2020, the Steelers have been favored by at least a field goal in every game.
The Steelers have also not gotten to the quarterback as much on the road in 2020 as they are averaging 2.75 sacks per game. When playing at home, the Steelers average nearly doubles as they are averaging 5 sacks per contest.
One of the many statistics in which there is not a large significant difference between the Steelers at home versus on the road is their ability to take away the ball. The Steelers are averaging 2 takeaways per game on the road while averaging slightly less at Heinz Field with 1.8 per game.
To bring it all back to reality, the most important thing is it the Steelers already have four road wins in 2020. Even though they were underdogs in two games, the Steelers have four road victories and are looking for number five in Jacksonville.
Speaking of Jacksonville, the Pittsburgh Steelers perform much better on the road when taking on the Jaguars versus when they play at home under Mike Tomlin. Since 2007, the Steelers are undefeated in Jacksonville at 3-0 with their only road record matching this mark being in Indianapolis. At home, including the playoffs, it’s a much different story as the Steelers are only 1–4 against the Jaguars where the one win was a narrow victory in a game where they were favored by 12.5 points.
So there are some numbers in regards to the Steelers when it comes to going on the road. While there is a small drop off as the team plays away from Heinz Field, they were also playing higher competition and still came through with the victory. Most importantly, Jacksonville does seem to be one of the places where going on the road has not bothered to Steelers.