Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Steelers @ Cleveland: The Team Matchups

Of all the indicators of how badly this season has gone perhaps the most depressing is that this game is now a battle of 3-6 teams. Here's a look at how these NFL juggernauts matchup (the Steelers seem to have an advantage in most areas except special teams).

Browns Offense v. Steelers Defense
Average total yards per game: Browns "O", 29th (251.9) v. Steelers "D", 11th (310.0)

Average net rushing yards per game: Browns "O", 31st (81.8) v. Steelers "D", 10th (98.3)

Average net passing yards per game: Browns "O", 26th (170.1), v. Steelers "D", 5th (211.7)

Third down conversions: Browns "O", 18th (32.3%) v. Steelers "D", 21st (39.8%)

Average points per game: Browns "O", 24th (16.67) v. Steelers "D", 23rd (23.0)

Steelers Offense v. Browns Defense
Average total yards per game: Steelers "O", 5th (375.7) v. Browns "D", 18th (326.6)

Average net rushing yards per game: Steelers "O", 10th (120.7) v. Browns "D", 30th (143.6)

Average net passing yards per game: Steelers "O", 5th (255.0) v. Browns "D", 6th (183.0)

Third down conversions: Steelers "O", 5th (43.8%) v. Browns "D", 18th (38.3%)

Average points per game: Steelers "O", 8th (23.89) v. Browns "D", 17th (20.44)

Special Teams
Average yardage per punt return: Browns 2nd (13.0), Steelers 31st (5.7)
Average yardage allowed per punt return: Browns 10th (7.6), Steelers 19th (8.9)

Average yardage per kick return: Browns 4th (25.1), Steelers 11th (22.7)
Average yardage allowed per kick return: Browns 20th (23.2), Steelers 23rd (23.4)

Net yardage punting average: Browns 5th (38.7), Steelers 15th (36.5)
Opponent net yardage punting average: Browns 14th (36.3), Steelers 31st (40.5)

Miscellaneous
Turnovers: Browns 30th (-8), Steelers 30th (-8) -- a tie!

Time of possession: Browns 15th (30:14), Steelers 12th (30:48)

Red Zone Touchdown Efficiency: Browns 20th (48.1%), Steelers 19th (50.0%)
Red Zone (Touchdowns) Defense: Browns 15th (50.0%), Steelers 17th (53.1%)

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