Perfect 10: Canadian Chase Claypool sets Super Bowl-era record as Steelers move to 10-0

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Mapletron continues to make history in his young NFL career.

Chase Claypool caught four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 27-3 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also drew two pass interference penalties for a combined 50 yards. The performance helped the Steelers improve to 10-0 on the year, which is the best start to a season in franchise history.

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Pittsburgh’s tenth consecutive season-opening win wasn’t the only historic element of Sunday’s game.

Claypool became just the fourth receiver in NFL history to score ten touchdowns through ten career games. The first three players to accomplish that feat — Billy Howton, Harlon Hill, and Bill Groman — all did so before the Super Bowl era (1969-present).

The Abbotsford, B.C. native has now made 39 receptions for 559 yards and eight touchdowns through ten career games. He has also recorded nine rushes for 22 yards and two scores.

Claypool has made history on multiple occasions this season. He scored the longest NFL scrimmage touchdown ever by a Canadian-born player in September and had four scores against the Eagles in October, setting a new single-game Canadian record.

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Ben Roethlisberger completed 32-of-46 pass attempts for 267 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception on Sunday as he continues to build on an NFL MVP-calibre season. His favourite target of the day was Diontae Johnson, who made twelve catches for 111 yards.

The Steelers have built a commanding lead in the AFC North. Cleveland moved to 7-3 with a win over Philadelphia on Sunday, while Baltimore fell to 6-4 following a loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Pittsburgh hosts the Ravens next week in what should be a highly-competitive game.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.