Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Steelers @ Cleveland: The matchups

For at least the fourth time this season the Steelers face-off against a team that is genuinely terrible, but the fact that they are 1-2 in the previous three matchups should give us all pause.

As for Cleveland, the fact that Trent Richardson is both the leading rusher and receiver for the Browns is all one needs to know about their offense. However, the Cleveland punt return unit is statistically superior to Baltimore's (third in the conference versus twelfth), so there's that.

Cleveland Offense v. Steelers Defense
Average total yards per game: Cleveland offense 27th (311.9) v. Steelers defense 1st (259.1)

Average net rushing yards per game: Cleveland offense 27th (92.2) v. Steelers defense 4th (89.8)

Average net passing yards per game: Cleveland offense 19th (219.7) v. Steelers defense 1st (169.3)

Average points per game: Cleveland offense 25th (18.9) v. Steelers defense 5th (19.0)

Steelers Offense v. Cleveland Defense
Average total yards per game: Steelers offense 17th (349.8) v. Cleveland defense 23rd (374.1)

Average net rushing yards per game: Steelers offense 17th (106.8) v. Cleveland defense 24th (125.3)

Average net passing yards per game: Steelers offense 13th (243.0) v. Cleveland defense 22nd (248.8)

Average points per game: Steelers offense: 19th (21.7) v. Cleveland defense 18th (23.4)

Special Teams
Average yards per punt return: Cleveland 3rd (14.2) v. Steelers 18th (8.4)

Average yards allowed per punt return: Cleveland 31st (13.8) v. Steelers 23rd (10.9)

Average yards per kick return: Cleveland 9th (26.0) v. Steelers 6th (27.0)

Average yards allowed per kick return: Cleveland 3rd (20.4) v. Steelers 24th (25.8)

Net yardage punting average: Cleveland 27th (36.9) v. Steelers 27th (38.9)

Opponent net yardage punting average: Cleveland 5th (37.3) v. Steelers 18th (39.7)

Miscellaneous
Turnover differential: Cleveland 13th (+1) v. Steelers 20th (-3)

Time of possession: Cleveland 31st (26:43) v. Steelers 2nd (34:08)

Red Zone touchdown efficiency (touchdowns): Cleveland 31st (36.4%) v. Steelers 20th (48.6%)

Red Zone defense (touchdowns): Cleveland 13th (51.4%) v. Steelers 14th (51.7%)

Sacks allowed: Cleveland 6th (16) v. Steelers 15th (22)

Some Individual Numbers
AFC Passer rating: Brandon Weeden, 15 (70.3 QB rating, 205 Comp., 55.3% Comp. pct., 11TDs, 12 INTs) v. Charlie Batch, unranked (Career: 77.8 QB rating, Comp., 56.3% Comp. pct., 60 TDs, 48 INTs)

AFC Leading rushers: Trent Richardson, 8th (670 yards, 3.7 yards per carry, 5 touchdowns) v. Jonathan Dwyer, 15th (410 yards, 4.6 yards per carry, 0 touchdowns)

AFC Leading receiver: Trent Richardson, 28th (37 catches, 289 yards, 7.8 per catch, 1 touchdowns) v. Mike Wallace 14th (46 catches, 565 yards, 12.3 yards per catch, 6 touchdowns)

AFC Sack Leaders: D'Qwell Jackson, 25th (3.0) v. LaMarr Woodley, 20th (4.0)

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