Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Browns v. Steelers: Team Matchups

How much could change in a few weeks? Unfortunately for both of these teams, the answer is not much.

The Browns have improved slightly in their kickoff return average (moving from fourth in the league to third), but their red zone defense (i.e. as it relates to giving up touchdowns) has significantly worsened.

Meanwhile, the Steelers punt coverage has improved while their punter's net average continues to sink, reltive to other punters in the league; and the running game is an embarrasement.

Browns Offense v. Steelers Defense
Average total yards per game: Browns "O", 29th (267.5) v. Steelers "D", 11th (301.4)

Average net rushing yards per game: Browns "O", 30th (85.9) v. Steelers "D", 8th (100.3)

Average net passing yards per game: Browns "O", 24th (181.6), v. Steelers "D", 14th (201.1)

Third down conversions: Browns "O", 21st (35.8%) v. Steelers "D", 21st (40.8%)

Average points per game: Browns "O", 29th (16.75) v. Steelers "D", 20th (21.42)

Steelers Offense v. Browns Defense
Average total yards per game: Steelers "O", 7th (346.5) v. Browns "D", 21st (340.2)

Average net rushing yards per game: Steelers "O", 19th (105.0) v. Browns "D", 24th (132.7)

Average net passing yards per game: Steelers "O", 7th (241.5) v. Browns "D", 16th (207.5)

Third down conversions: Steelers "O", 10th (40.9%) v. Browns "D", 25th (42.4%)

Average points per game: Steelers "O", 11th (21.58) v. Browns "D", 23rd (21.17)

Special Teams
Average yardage per punt return: Browns 5th (11.4), Steelers 30th (6.3)
Average yardage allowed per punt return: Browns 10th (7.5), Steelers 4th (6.8)

Average yardage per kick return: Browns 3rd (25.1), Steelers 12th (23.0)
Average yardage allowed per kick return: Browns 20th (22.6), Steelers 25th (23.9)

Net yardage punting average: Browns 3rd (38.7), Steelers 18th (36.4)
Opponent net yardage punting average: Browns 14th (36.4), Steelers 30th (39.3)

Miscellaneous
Turnovers: Browns 30th (-11), Steelers 29th (-9)

Time of possession: Browns 15th (29:47), Steelers 17th (30:48)

Red Zone Touchdown Efficiency: Browns 18th (50.0%), Steelers 15th (51.2%)
Red Zone (Touchdowns) Defense: Browns 25th (58.8%), Steelers 12th (47.4%)

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