Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Steelers @ Arizona: The Weekly Matchup

Once again we offer up the numbers produced during the playoffs by each team, and also include (in parentheses) their respective performances in each statistical category during the regular season.

We were a little surprised to see that, despite overall good numbers versus the run and the pass, the Steelers' scoring defense has been significantly worse in the playoffs compared to the regular season, while Arizona's has been significantly better.

We also took some comfort in discovering that Arizona's punter, Ben Graham, has not been much better than Mitch Berger.

Without further adieu, here are this week's numbers ~ the final numbers for this season:

Arizona Offense v. Steelers Defense
Average total yards per game: Arizona offense, 362.0 (365.8) v. Steelers defense, 244.0 (237.2)

Average net rushing yards per game: Arizona offense,111.0 (73.6) v. Steelers defense, 44.0 (80.3)

Average net passing yards per game: Arizona offense, 251.0 (292.1) v. Steelers defense, 200.0 (156.9)

Average points per game: Arizona offense, 31.67 (26.69) v. Steelers defense, 19.0 (13.94)

Steelers Offense v. Arizona Defense
Average total yards per game: Steelers offense, 308.5 (311.9) v. Arizona defense, 324.3 (331.5)

Average net rushing yards per game: Steelers offense,108.5 (105.6) v. Arizona defense, 77.3 (110.3)

Average net passing yards per game: Steelers offense, 200.0 (206.3) v. Arizona defense, 247.0 (221.3)

Average points per game: Steelers offense, 29.0 (21.69) v. Arizona defense, 20.67 (26.63)

Special Teams
Average yards per punt return: Arizona, 4.0 (7.2) v. Steelers, 14.1 (6.0)

Average yards allowed per punt return: Arizona, 10.6 (13.1) v. Steelers, 7.7 (6.2)

Average yards per kick return: Arizona, 21.0 (21.7) v. Steelers, 18.1 (20.3)

Average yards allowed per kick return: Arizona, 20.8 (25.0) v. Steelers, 21.4 (19.1)

Net yardage punting average: Arizona, 35.1 (34.1) v. Steelers, 32.7 (35.6)

Opponent net yardage punting average: Arizona, 43.8 (40.0) v. Steelers, 36.2 (38.5)

Miscellaneous
Turnover differential: Arizona, +9 (0) v. Steelers, +5 (+4)

Time of possession: Arizona, 33:16 (30:09) v. Steelers, 34:50 (31:29)

Red Zone touchdown efficiency (touchdowns): Arizona, 66.67% (58.46%) v. Steelers , 66.67% (55.10%)

Red Zone defense (touchdowns): Arizona, 60.00% (63.64%) v. Steelers, 100.0% (33.3%)

Sacks allowed: Arizona, 3 (28) v. Steelers, 5 (49)

Some Individual Numbers
Passer rating: Kurt Warner, 112.1 (96.9) v. Ben Roethlisberger, 90.8 (80.1)

Leading rushers: Edgerrin James, 203 yards (514 yards) v. Willie Parker, 193 yards (791 yards)

Leading receivers: Larry Fitzgerald, 23 catches, 419 yards, 18.2 yards per catch, 5 touchdowns (96 catches, 1,431 yards, 14.9 per catch, 12 touchdowns) v. Hines Ward, 7 catches, 125 yards, 17.9 yards per catch, 0 touchdowns (81 catches, 1.043 yards, 12.9 yards per catch, 7 touchdowns)

Sack Leaders: Adrian Wilson, Antonio Smith, Bertrand Berry ~ 2.0 sacks each (Bertrand Berry, 5.0 sacks) v. LaMarr Woodley, 4.0 sacks (James Harrison, 16.0 sacks)

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