Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ravens v. Steelers: The Matchups

Since 2002 the Steelers and Ravens have played twelve times. Each team has won six of the games and in all twelve games the home team has been victorious (in fact the teams have identical average points scored per game ~ 20.08).

What will happen this week? Here's the tale of the tape:

Baltimore Offense v. Steelers Defense
Average total yards per game: Baltimore offense 19th (315.5) v. Steelers defense 2nd (234.0)

Average net rushing yards per game: Baltimore offense 2nd (190.0) v. Steelers defense 2nd (64.3)

Average net passing yards per game: Baltimore offense 30th (125.5) v. Steelers defense 9th (169.7)

Average points per game: Baltimore offense 16th (22.5) v. Steelers defense 3rd (12.67)

Steelers Offense v. Baltimore Defense
Average total yards per game: Steelers offense 29th (255.3) v. Baltimore defense 1st (161.5)

Average net rushing yards per game: Steelers offense 18th (111.0) v. Baltimore defense 5th (71.5)

Average net passing yards per game: Steelers offense 29th (144.3) v. Baltimore defense 1st (90.0)

Average points per game: Steelers offense: 22nd (18.0) v. Baltimore defense 2nd (10.0)

Special Teams
Average yards per punt return: Baltimore 2nd (15.4) v. Steelers 32nd (1.0)

Average yards allowed per punt return: Baltimore 8th (5.8) v. Steelers 12th (6.7)

Average yards per kick return: Baltimore 21st (20.6) v. Steelers 30th (17.2)

Average yards allowed per kick return: Baltimore 15th (21.2) v. Steelers 4th (19.1)

Net yardage punting average: Baltimore 2nd (44.0) v. Steelers 14th (39.2)

Opponent net yardage punting average: Baltimore 6th (35.7) v. Steelers 32nd (45.5)

Miscellaneous
Turnover differential: Baltimore 9th (+1) v. Steelers 2nd (+4)

Time of possession: Baltimore 1st (37:01) v. Steelers 23rd (29:33)

Red Zone touchdown efficiency (touchdowns): Baltimore 23rd (42.9%) v. Steelers 2nd (75.0%)

Red Zone defense (touchdowns): Baltimore 8th (33.3%) v. Steelers 7th (28.6%)

Sacks allowed: Baltimore 1st (1) v. Steelers 32nd (14)

Some Individual Numbers
Passer rating: Joe Flacco, 13th (55.7) v. Ben Roethlisberger, 4th (99.4)

Leading rushers: Le'Ron McClain, 28th (66 yards) v. Willie Parker, 1st (243 yards)

Note: The Ravens' second leading rusher is Willis McGahee with 64 yards. Meanwhile for the Steelers, Willie Parker is out. Their second leading rusher is Rashard Mendenhall who has 28 yards.

Leading receivers: Derrick Mason, 30th (8 catches, 86 yards, 10.8 per catch, 0 touchdowns) v. Hines Ward, 8th (15 catches, 169 yards, 11.3 yards per catch, 3 touchdowns)

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