Which Steelers Were Targeted on Interceptions in 2010?

One of our favorite (and most frequent) commenters, IsraelP, asked on Twitter yesterday if any passes intended for Mike Wallace have been intercepted. The answer is yes, two of them. It’s notable that only one of the nine picks involved the ball hitting the hands of the Steelers’ receivers.

That got me to thinking, so I worked up the entire list of Steelers interceptions this year and the pass catcher originally targeted. Thankfully, with just nine interceptions all year, it’s a pretty short list. The plays are linked in the table so you can see them for youself.

Week Opponent Details
1 Falcons Intended for Heath Miller, underthrown. Miller was wide open
3 Buccaneers Intended for Mike Wallace. Underthrown, but he was covered (safety on top, DB underneath)
3 Buccaneers Intended for Hines Ward, who is open, but Batch doesn’t get ball over LB sitting in zone underneath
4 Ravens Intended for Hines Ward. Batch is forcing the ball, as Ward is covered and Lewis is lurking underneath to pick off pass
6 Browns Intended for Mewelde Moore. Terrible pass overthrown to DB
8 Saints Intended for Mike Wallace. Roethlisberger pressured, scrambles, throws late to Wallace on sideline, DB cuts in front of him
9 Bengals Intended for Heath Miller. Roethlisberger scrambling, gets nothing on it. DB cuts in front of Miller
10 Patriots Intended for Antwaan Randle-El. Throws behind him, but still hits Randle-El in hands, he drops it, Chung then catches it
13 Ravens Intended for Antonio Brown on long bomb. Overthrown, DB catches it over his shoulder, serves as a pseudo punt
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  • Anonymous

    Nice. Thank you.

    Posterity will want to know who threw those first two. (We will remember, of course.)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

      Do you mean who threw the first 4 INTs?

      • Anonymous

        No. The descriptions above specify that #3 and #4 were Batch.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

          So was INT #2. Dixon threw #1, Batch through #2-4 and Roethlisberger threw #5-9.

  • Anonymous

    Nice. Thank you.

    Posterity will want to know who threw those first two. (We will remember, of course.)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

    So Roethlisberger only threw 2 really bad INTs in 12 games (i.e. when guys weren’t hitting him). I can live with that.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Does this mean that there were only 2-3 “bad decision” INTs all year? A baseball guy (Whitey Herzog) once said he was okay with physical errors but mental errors drove him crazy. Given how much we threw this year, this seems like a remarkably low number or INTs based on mental errors from our QBs.