Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Steelers @ Detroit: The Weekly Matchup

For all the grief that the Lions take for being a moribund franchise, their numbers so far this season are not so dissimilar from the Steelers'. Whether that is cause for hope for Lions fans or reason for a general panic in Pittsburgh remains to be seen.

One thing that jumps out is that if Stefan Logan does not have a big day on Sunday he may never have one.

Detroit Offense v. Steelers Defense
Average total yards per game: Detroit offense 18th (318.8) v. Steelers defense 6th (279.3)

Average net rushing yards per game: Detroit offense 19th (101.5) v. Steelers defense 3rd (61.5)

Average net passing yards per game: Detroit offense 16th (217.3) v. Steelers defense 16th (218.3)

Average points per game: Detroit offense 17th (20.75) v. Steelers defense 12th (19.5)

Steelers Offense v. Detroit Defense
Average total yards per game: Steelers offense 6th (383.8) v. Detroit defense 21st (355.7)

Average net rushing yards per game: Steelers offense 17th (100.8) v. Detroit defense 19th (361.5)

Average net passing yards per game: Steelers offense 3rd (278.8) v. Detroit defense 25th (240.3)

Average points per game: Steelers offense: 15th (21.25) v. Detroit defense 14th (33.5)

Special Teams
Average yards per punt return: Detroit 3rd (16.0) v. Steelers 21st (6.8)

Average yards allowed per punt return: Detroit 27th (11.8) v. Steelers 8th (6.4)

Average yards per kick return: Detroit 21st (22.0) v. Steelers 15th (23.1)

Average yards allowed per kick return: Detroit 31st (29.9) v. Steelers 8th (21.1)

Net yardage punting average: Detroit 28th (34.4) v. Steelers 7th (41.9)

Opponent net yardage punting average: Detroit 17th (38.7) v. Steelers 25th (40.8)

Turnover differential: Detroit 23rd (-3) v. Steelers 29th (-5)

Time of possession: Detroit 7th (31:48) v. Steelers 4th (34:46)

Red Zone touchdown efficiency (touchdowns): Detroit 16th (53.8%) v. Steelers 7th (61.5%)

Red Zone defense (touchdowns): Detroit 25th (64.7%) v. Steelers 26th (66.7%)

Sacks allowed: Detroit 21st (10) v. Steelers 21st (10)

Some Individual Numbers
NFC passer rating: Matt Stafford, 15th(65.5) v. AFC passer rating Ben Roethlisberger, 3rd (98.1)

NFC leading rushers: Kevin Smith, 10th (234 yards) v. AFC leading rushers: Rashard Mendenhall, 11th (210 yards)

NFC leading receiver: Calvin Johnson, 7th (21 catches, 323 yards, 15.38 per catch, 1 touchdowns) v. Hines Ward, 4th (26 catches, 355 yards, 13.65 yards per catch, 0 touchdowns)

NFC Sack Leaders: Jason Hunter, 10th (2.0) v. James Harrison, 6th (3.0)

NFC Interception Leaders: Anthony Henry, 12th (1, 0 touchdown) v. Troy Polamalu, 8th (1, 0 touchdowns)

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