Thursday, December 06, 2007

Steelers @ New England: The Matchups

This week's game features a classic matchup of the Irresistible Force (New England's offense) versus the Immovable Object (the Steelers' defense). Here's a look at the numbers:

New England Offense v. Steelers Defense
Average Total Yards per Game: New England Offense, 1st (434.4) v. Steelers Defense, 1st (230.8)

Average Net Rushing Yards per Game: New England Offense, 7th (124.2) v. Steelers Defense, 2nd (76.8)

Average Net Passing Yards per Game: New England Offense, 1st (310.2) v. Steelers Defense, 1st (154.0)

Third Down Conversions: New England Offense, 1st (53.6%) v. Steelers Defense, 11th (38.8%)
Note: Last Monday night the Ravens' defense held New England to a season-low conversion rate of 16% (2/12).

Average Points per Game: New England Offense, 1st (39.08) v. Steelers Defense, 1st (12.92)

Steelers Offense v. New England Defense
Average Total Yards per Game: Steelers Offense, 14th (332.0) v. New England Defense, 3rd (281.5)

Average Net Rushing Yards per Game: Steelers Offense, 3rd (138.3) v. New England Defense, 5th (86.2)

Average Net Passing Yards per Game: Steelers Offense, 24th (193.7) v. New England Defense, 6th (195.4)

Third Down Conversions: Steelers Offense, 3rd (49.1%) v. New England Defense, 5th (34.4%)

Average Points per Game: Steelers Offense, 6th (24.67) v. New England Defense, 5th (17.42)

Special Teams
Average Yards per Punt Return: New England 7th (11.2) v. Steelers, 29th (6.7)

Average Yards Allowed per Punt Return: New England, 1st (3.6) v. Steelers, 23rd (10.7)

Average Yards per Kick Return: New England, 1st (27.4) v. Steelers, 18th (22.6)

Average Yards Allowed per Kick Return: New England, 9th (21.6) v. Steelers, 17th (22.7)

Net Yardage Punting Average: New England, 18th (36.8) v. Steelers, 10th (37.5)

Opponent Net Yard Punting Average: 19th (37.6) v. Steelers, 27th (39.1)

Miscellaneous
Turnover Differential: New England, 1st (+16) v. Steelers, 14th (+3)

Time of Possession: New England, 2nd (33:43) v. Steelers, 1st (34:41)

Red Zone Touchdown Efficiency: New England, 1st (75%) v. Steelers, 5th (58.1%)

Red Zone Defense (Touchdowns): New England, 32nd (70.8%) v. Steelers, 14th (50.0%)

Some Individual Numbers
Passer Rating: Tom Brady, 1st (127.9) v. Ben Roethlisberger, 3rd (102.9)

Leading Rushers: Laurence Maroney, 18th (467 yards; 4.4 per carry; 2 touchdowns) v. Willie Parker, 1st (1,093 yards; 3.8 per carry; 2 touchdowns)

Leading Receiver: Wes Welker, 2nd (878 yards; 10.8 per catch; 7 touchdowns) v. Hines Ward, 12th (607 yards; 10.6 per catch; 6 touchdowns)

Field Goal Accuracy: Stephen Gostkowski, 9th
  • 20-29 Yards: 7/7
  • 30-39 Yards: 4/5
  • 40-49 Yards: 1/2
  • 50+ Yards: 0/0

v. Jeff Reed, 2nd
  • 20-29 Yards: 6/6
  • 30-39 Yards: 10/10
  • 40-49 Yards: 3/4
  • 50+ Yards: 0/1

Sacks: Mike Vrabel, 3rd (9.5) v. James Harrison, 4th (8.5)

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