Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Cleveland vs. Steelers: The Matchups

As has been the case so often recently, it's easy to get complacent about this game.  But if there has ever been a team that plays to the level of its competition it is the Steelers, and that is certainly cause for concern.  After all, the last time these two teams played on a Thursday night the Steelers stunk.

Also, Cleveland's red zone defense has been outstanding, which means that it may be tough for Pittsburgh to pull away.

Cleveland Offense v. Steelers Defense
Average total yards per game: Cleveland offense 30th (290.7) v. Steelers defense 1st (273.8)

Average net rushing yards per game: Cleveland offense 30th (93.7) v. Steelers defense 7th (96.9)

Average net passing yards per game: Cleveland offense 31st (197.0) v. Steelers defense 2nd (176.8)

Average points per game: Cleveland offense 28th (14.6) v. Steelers defense 4th (16.3)

Steelers Offense v. Cleveland Defense
Average total yards per game: Steelers offense 11th (367.9) v. Cleveland defense 8th (324.6)

Average net rushing yards per game: Steelers offense 17th (111.8) v. Cleveland defense 31st (151.3)

Average net passing yards per game: Steelers offense 9th (256.1) v. Cleveland defense 1st (173.3)

Average points per game: Steelers offense: 18th (22.3) v. Cleveland defense 8th (20.0)

Special Teams
Average yards per punt return: Cleveland 21st (8.9) v. Steelers 8th (11.7)

Average yards allowed per punt return: Cleveland 26th (12.9) v. Steelers 9th (8.2)

Average yards per kick return: Cleveland 13th (24.3) v. Steelers 12th (24.6)

Average yards allowed per kick return: Cleveland 9th (22.3) v. Steelers 22nd (25.1)

Net yardage punting average: Cleveland 29th (36.2) v. Steelers 19th (38.8)

Opponent net yardage punting average: Cleveland 19th (39.2) v. Steelers 14th (38.6)

Miscellaneous
Turnover differential: Cleveland 19th (-1) v. Steelers 27th (-6)

Time of possession: Cleveland 20th (29:37) v. Steelers 2nd (32:46)

Red Zone touchdown efficiency (touchdowns): Cleveland 24th (45.8%) v. Steelers 12th (53.7%)

Red Zone defense (touchdowns): Cleveland 6th (40.5%) v. Steelers 27th (62.5%)

Sacks allowed: Cleveland 22nd (30) v. Steelers 27th (35)

Some Individual Numbers
AFC Passer rating: Colt McCoy, 12th (76.9) v. Ben Roethlisberger, 3rd (93.6)

AFC Leading rushers: Peyton Hillis, 24th (321 yards, 3.8 yards per carry, 2 touchdowns) v. Rashard Mendenhall, 13th (634 yards, 3.8 yards per carry, 8 touchdowns)

AFC Leading receiver: Greg Little, 15th (50 catches, 513 yards, 10.3 per catch, 1 touchdown) v. Mike Wallace (58 catches, 977 yards, 16.8 yards per catch, 8 touchdowns)

AFC Sack Leaders: Jabaal Sheard, 20th (5.5) v. LaMarr Woodley, 4th (9.0)

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