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Stats ‘N’ At: O-line love, Kessel’s iron will, Dickerson’s defense

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James Conner cuts through a hole created by David DeCastro's block on Myles Garrett. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Welcome to Stats ‘N’ At, a weekly feature that takes a deep dive into the numbers that define our city's sports scene.

The Steelers' offense is teeming with superstars. There's Ben Roethlisberger, who just moved past Fran Tarkenton for eighth all-time in career passing touchdowns. Antonio Brown, whose career thus far has paralleled that of Jerry Rice. Gamebreaker and social media maven JuJu Smith-Schuster. And now James Conner, who's bulldozing defenders like he's Bo Jackson in Tecmo Bowl. That doesn't even count holdout Le'Veon Bell, one of the most productive all-around backs in history on a per-game basis.

None of those stars would shine near as bright, however, without the clean pockets and gaping holes provided by the Steelers' offensive line, which is as eclectic as it is talented.

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