Thursday, November 15, 2012
Where they rank on offense, defense
By Jamison Hensley
In terms of matchups, it doesn't get any closer than the Ravens' and Steelers' offenses. Through nine games, both offenses have produced exactly the same amount of yards -- 3,187.
Of course, the Steelers offense will be different with Byron Leftwich starting instead of Ben Roethlisberger. But both offenses come into the rivalry game tied for 16th in total yards. The Ravens have 10 more rushing yards than the Steelers, and Pittsburgh has 10 more passing yards than Baltimore.
The big difference is in scoring. After scoring a franchise-record 55 points last Sunday against Oakland, the Ravens jumped seven spots to No. 4 in scoring (28.2 points). The Steelers have the 18th-ranked scoring offense, averaging 23 points per game.
Here's a look at the NFL rankings after 10 weeks:
Offense: Overall (20th), run (25th), pass (10th) and scoring (12th).
Defense: Overall (19th), run (20th), pass (18th) and scoring (25th).
Offense: Overall (29th), run (27th), pass (18th) and scoring (26th).
Defense: Overall (24th), run (27th), pass (22nd) and scoring (20th).
Offense: Overall (16th-tied), run (20th), pass (13th) and scoring (4th).
Defense: Overall (27th), run (26th), pass (26th) and scoring (13th).
Offense: Overall (16th-tied), run (21st), pass (11th) and scoring (18th).
Defense: Overall (1st), run (6th), pass (1st) and scoring (7th).