Friday, December 27, 2013

Steelers Game 16 Preview - vs. Cleveland Browns

This is going to be very abbreviated. I hope everyone had a great holiday season and while it would have been nice to really pack the preview like I usually do for the game that just isn't going to be possible for this week but it is what it is.

Hopefully this isn't the last game of the season. The Steelers are still alive for the last playoff spot but things really have to fall right for it to happen. Here is the breakdown in case you have been living under a rock:

1) Pittsburgh defeats Cleveland
2) Cincinnati defeats Baltimore
3) NY Jets defeats Miami
4) Kansas City defeats San Diego

That is a lot of stuff to happen. What will be interesting is that if the first three happen and Steelers fans everywhere can watch Kansas City playing San Diego for a chance at the playoffs. Now Kansas City has already said they are going to hold out some players but they are still a pretty good football team and would be fun as hell to watch.

In the first matchup of the season the Steelers defeated the Browns 27-11 on November 24. It was a pretty dominating performance from the Steelers and while the box score will show that the Browns offense came alive a lot of that happened in garbage time when things were already well out of hand.

Here is the [box score] for that game.

Here is a quick breakdown of the Browns:


Total Offense: -13.7 DVOA (26th)
Rush Offense: -8.4% DVOA (25th)
Pass Offense: -6.5 DVOA (19th)

Jason Campbell
Completion %: 56.9% (157-276)
Yards: 1,775
TD: 10
INT: 7
QBR: 40.9 (34th)
DYAR: 41 (27th)
DVOA: -9.0% (28th)

Running Back
Willis McGahee
Yards: 377
Attempts: 138
Yards Per Attempt: 2.7
Rushing TD: 2
DYAR: -91 (41st)
DVOA: -22.7% (42nd)

Wide Receiver
Josh Gordon
Yards: 1,564
Receptions: 80
Yards Per Catch: 19.6
Receiving TD: 9
DYAR: 303 (9th)
DVOA: 13.4% (22nd)

Tight End
Jordan Cameron
Yards: 848
Receptions: 75
Yards per Catch: 11.3
Receiving TD: 7
DYAR: 90 (11th)
DVOA: 5.1% (20th)

Offensive Line
Left to right: Joe Thomas, John Greco, Alex Mack, Shawn Lauvao, Mitchell Schwartz

ALY: 3.84 (18th)
Power Success: 71% (7th)
Stuffed: 19% (16th)
Most Successful Run Area: Left Tackle - 5.16 ALY (1st)
Least Successful Run Area: Left End - 2.11 ALY (32nd)
Pass Protection: 7.4% Adjusted Sack Rate (15th)


Total Defense: 8.9% DVOA (25th)
Rush Defense: 15.7% DVOA (23rd)
Pass Offense: 0.2% DVOA (22nd)


Total Tackles: D'Qwell Jackson (132)
Solo Tackles: T.J. Ward (73)
Tackles for Loss: T.J. Ward (10)
Sacks: Jabaal Sheard (5.5)
Interceptions: Tashaun Gipson, Joe Haden (4)
Passes Defended: Joe Haden (20)

Special Teams

Field Goals
Billy Cundiff (21-26; one miss 30-39, two miss 40-49, two miss 50+)

Spencer Lanning
Punts: 79
Average: 44.1
Net Average: 38.4
Average Return: 9.6
Inside 20: 28

Kickoff Return
Fozzy Whittaker
Returns: 23
Average: 21.0
Touchdowns: 0

Punt Returns
Travis Benjamin
Returns: 22
Average: 11.7
Touchdowns: 1

So, there it is. Not much more than that. The Browns are not a good football team. The Steelers should take care of business and then they will be hoping for the best with other games.

Prediction: Steelers 30, Browns 13

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