Thursday, November 23, 2006

Steelers @ Baltimore: The Team Matchups

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

As I count my blessings on that comes immediately to mind is this: I thank God nearly everyday (this week) that I'm not a Blatimore Ravens fan.

However, heading into Sunday's game the numbers are definitely seem to be in favor of Baltimore. Indeed, Baltimore's offensive averages and the Steelers defensive averages appear to be a perfect match. And as for the matchup between Baltimore's defense and the Steelers' offense . . . let's just say it doesn't bde well for Sunday.

Ravens Offense v. Steelers Defense
Average total yards per game: Ravens "O", 22nd (304.6) v. Steelers "D", 12th (309.2)

Average net rushing yards per game: Ravens "O", 25th (98.5) v. Steelers "D", 8th (98.4)

Average net passing yards per game: Ravens "O", 16th (206.1), v. Steelers "D", 19th (210.8)

Third down conversions: Ravens "O", 8th (41.1%) v. Steelers "D", 22nd (40.6%)

Average points per game: Ravens "O", 11th (22.2) v. Steelers "D", 22nd (22.7)

Steelers Offense v. Ravens Defense
Average total yards per game: Steelers "O", 5th (375.7) v. Ravens "D", 2nd (326.6)

Average net rushing yards per game: Steelers "O", 13th (116.3) v. Ravens "D", 3rd (82.1)

Average net passing yards per game: Steelers "O", 4th (255.6) v. Ravens "D", 8th (192.2)

Third down conversions: Steelers "O", 5th (44.4%) v. Ravens "D", 3rd (31.3%)

Average points per game: Steelers "O", 8th (23.89) v. Ravens "D", 5th (14.7)

Special Teams
Average yardage per punt return: Ravens 3rd (13.0), Steelers 30th (5.7)
Average yardage allowed per punt return: Ravens 19th (7.6), Steelers 16th (8.9)

Average yardage per kick return: Ravens 5th (25.1), Steelers 9th (23.9)
Average yardage allowed per kick return: Ravens 20th (23.2), Steelers 26th (24.4)

Net yardage punting average: Ravens 11th (38.7), Steelers 22nd (36.2)
Opponent net yardage punting average: Ravens 14th (36.3), Steelers 31st (40.2)

Turnovers: Ravens 1st (+12), Steelers 32nd (-9) -- tied with New Orleans & Oakland

Time of possession: Ravens 3rd (30:14), Steelers 11th (30:48)

Red Zone Touchdown Efficiency: Ravens 24th (44.4%), Steelers 15th (51.4%)
Red Zone (Touchdowns) Defense: Ravens 1st (30.4%), Steelers 15th (50.0%)



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