Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Steelers @ Baltimore: The Matchups

The last time the Steelers were victorious in Baltimore Joe Flacco was 18 years old, and Rashard Mendenhall (whose memories of the first meeting this season between these two teams are less than pleasant) was 16 years old.

For Mr. Flacco at least this will be the biggest game in which he has ever played.

Here's a look at this week's numbers:

Baltimore Offense v. Steelers Defense
Average total yards per game: Baltimore offense 19th (320.2) v. Steelers defense 1st (241.9)

Average net rushing yards per game: Baltimore offense 4th (144.0) v. Steelers defense 1st (73.0)

Average net passing yards per game: Baltimore offense 28th (176.2) v. Steelers defense 1st (168.9)

Average points per game: Baltimore offense 10th (24.31) v. Steelers defense 1st (14.08)

Steelers Offense v. Baltimore Defense
Average total yards per game: Steelers offense 26th (302.8) v. Baltimore defense 2nd (253.4)

Average net rushing yards per game: Steelers offense 23rd (103.8) v. Baltimore defense 3rd (77.0)

Average net passing yards per game: Steelers offense 20th (199.0) v. Baltimore defense 2nd (176.4)

Average points per game: Steelers offense: 20th (22.23) v. Baltimore defense 3rd (15.38)

Special Teams
Average yards per punt return: Baltimore 25th (15.4) v. Steelers 26th (1.0)

Average yards allowed per punt return: Baltimore 5th (5.8) v. Steelers 2nd (6.7)

Average yards per kick return: Baltimore 30th (20.6) v. Steelers 29th (17.2)

Average yards allowed per kick return: Baltimore 18th (21.2) v. Steelers 1st (19.1)

Net yardage punting average: Baltimore 4th (44.0) v. Steelers 21st (39.2)

Opponent net yardage punting average: Baltimore 19th (35.7) v. Steelers 21st (45.5)

Miscellaneous
Turnover differential: Baltimore 4th (+8) v. Steelers 5th (+7)

Time of possession: Baltimore 1st (33:41) v. Steelers 9th (31:24)

Red Zone touchdown efficiency (touchdowns): Baltimore 16th (52.6%) v. Steelers 9th (58.5%)

Red Zone defense (touchdowns): Baltimore 2nd (36.5%) v. Steelers 1st (34.2%)

Sacks allowed: Baltimore 14th (23) v. Steelers 28th (41)

Some Individual Numbers
Passer rating: Joe Flacco, 10th (81.3) v. Ben Roethlisberger, 12th (99.4)

Leading rushers: Le'Ron McClain, 12th (606 yards) v. Willie Parker, 13th (597 yards)

Leading receivers: Derrick Mason, 9th (65 catches, 871 yards, 13.4 per catch, 4 touchdowns) v. Hines Ward, 12th (60 catches, 757 yards, 12.6 yards per catch, 6 touchdowns)

AFC Passes Dropped: Derrick Mason, 18th (4) v. Hines Ward, 4th (7)

AFC Sack Leaders: Terrell Suggs, 11th (6.5) v. James Harrison, 2nd (15.0)

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