Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Indianapolis v. Steelers: The Matchups

With Ben Roethlisberger highly questionable for Sunday it is anyone's guess as to how the offense will perform. However, despite marked improvement in recent games, the Indianapolis run defense is still rather porous (in the first four games they gave up an average of 188.5 rushing yards per game, in their four most recent games they have given up an averageof 99 yards).

On special teams Mitch Berger is out ~ two punters and a long-snapper lost in the same season to injury? ~ and Paul Ernster has been signed.

Indianapolis Offense v. Steelers Defense
Average total yards per game: Indianapolis offense 22nd (313.4) v. Steelers defense 1st (234.1)

Average net rushing yards per game: Indianapolis offense 32nd (70.1) v. Steelers defense 3rd (70.1)

Average net passing yards per game: Indianapolis offense 8th (243.3) v. Steelers defense 1st (164.0)

Average points per game: Indianapolis offense 23rd (20.9) v. Steelers defense 2nd (14.5)

Steelers Offense v. Indianapolis Defense
Average total yards per game: Steelers offense 25th (283.1) v. Indianapolis defense 15th (324.6)

Average net rushing yards per game: Steelers offense 20th (101.8) v. Indianapolis defense 25th (143.6)

Average net passing yards per game: Steelers offense 24th (181.4) v. Indianapolis defense 3rd (181.0)

Average points per game: Steelers offense: 15th (22.3) v. Indianapolis defense 21st (22.1)

Special Teams
Average yards per punt return: Indianapolis 25th (6.7) v. Steelers 30th (5.3)

Average yards allowed per punt return: Indianapolis 15th (9.0) v. Steelers 2nd (5.0)

Average yards per kick return: Indianapolis 23rd (21.5) v. Steelers 30th (20.0)

Average yards allowed per kick return: Indianapolis 19th (23.0) v. Steelers 6th (20.7)

Net yardage punting average: Indianapolis 30th (39.9) v. Steelers 9th (38.1)

Opponent net yardage punting average: Indianapolis 29th (40.3) v. Steelers 31st (41.5)

Miscellaneous
Turnover differential: Indianapolis 9th (+2) v. Steelers 18th (+1)

Time of possession: Indianapolis 29th (26:33) v. Steelers 20th (29:42)

Red Zone touchdown efficiency (touchdowns): Indianapolis 1st (77.3%) v. Steelers 3rd (71.43%)

Red Zone defense (touchdowns): Indianapolis 6th (39.29%) v. Steelers 1st (30.43%)

Sacks allowed: Indianapolis 3rd (9) v. Steelers 30th (29)

Some Individual Numbers
AFC Passer rating: Peyton Manning, 9th (83.3) v. Ben Roethlisberger, 10th (79.6)
Ben Roethlisberger is questionable for the game, Byron Leftwich does not officially have a passer rating at this time ~ 14 passes are required

AFC Leading rushers: Joseph Addai, 21st (248 yards) v. Willie Parker, 3rd (333 yards)

AFC Leading receivers: Reggie Wayne, 7th (43 catches, 586 yards, 13.6 per catch, 4 touchdowns) v. Hines Ward, 18th (34 catches, 445 yards, 13.1 yards per catch, 5 touchdowns)

AFC sack leaders: Robert Mathis, 17th (5.0 sacks each) v. James Harrison, 2nd (10.0)
Note: LaMarr Woodley is fifth in the AFC in sacks with 9.5

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