Super Bowl XLIII

Hello again everybody, I’d like to welcome myself back seeing how it’s been about 12 days since my last post. I’d also like to say that the Steelers are clearly the better team and deserve the Super Bowl win more, but I want the Cardinals to win. I like a lot of the players on their roster and because of this I will be cheering for them. It’s also hard to write a Super Bowl preview when it seems that one of the teams is far superior, so instead of trying to explain how the Steelers are the better team or how the Cardinals can hope to upset the Steelers, I’ve decided to just compile each of the teams regular season stats and lay them out in a fashion that will make it easy for you to make your own conclusions and opinions on the matter.

Let’s start with the most intriguing part; the Cardinals fantastic offense against the Steelers suffocating defense:


Cardinals Offense Steelers Defense
Category Stat Rank Stat Rank
Total Points 427 4 223 1
Total Yards 5852 4 3795 1
Rush TDs 14 18 7 2-T
Rush Yards 1178 32 1284 2
Rush Yds/Att 3.5 31 3.3 2
Pass TDs 31 3 12 2-T
Pass Yards 4674 2 2511 1
Pass Rating 96.1 3 63.4 2
Sacks 28 11-T 51 2
Fumbles 27 22-T 12 23-T
Interceptions 15 16-T 20 6-T
Turnovers 30 24-T 29 9-T

Now Let’s switch the two and compare the Steelers offense against the Cardinals defense:


Cardinals Defense Steelers Offense
Category Stat Rank Stat Rank
Total Points 426 28 347 22
Total Yards 5304 19 4991 22
Rush TDs 13 13-T 16 11-T
Rush Yards 1764 16 1690 23
Rush Yds/Att 4 11-T 3.7 29
Pass TDs 36 32 19 18
Pass Yards 3540 22 3301 17
Pass Rating 96.9 30 81.9 17
Sacks 31 14-T 49 29
Fumbles 20 8-T 28 24-T
Interceptions 13 17-T 15 16-T
Turnovers 30 5-T 25 15-T

Now to compare the two teams return and coverage teams in the same fashion:


Cardinals Returning Steelers Coverage
Category Stat Rank Stat Rank
Kick Avg 21.7 25 19.1 1
Kick TDs 1 2-T 0 1-T
Punt Avg 7.2 27 6.2 4
Punt TDs 0 11-T 0 1-T

Cardinals Coverage Steelers Returning
Category Stat Rank Stat Rank
Kick Avg 25.0 30 20.3 29
Kick TDs 1 22-T 0 13-T
Punt Avg 13.1 30 6.0 31
Punt TDs 1 23-T 0 11-T

And finally let’s take a look at the kicking and punting for each team:


Cardinals Kicking Steelers Kicking
Category Stat Rank Stat Rank
XP % 100 1-T 97.3 29
FG % 89.3 8 87.1 14
20-29 % 100 1-T 100 1-T
30-39 % 81.8 25 88.9 16-T
40-49 % 100 1-T 80 11-T
50+ % 50 17-T 50 17-T

Cardinals Punting Steelers Punting
Category Stat Rank Stat Rank
Inside 20 % 33.3 13 29.5 21
Net Avg 35.5 31 36.7 29

As you can see the Steelers have the advantage in a lot of the categories but let us know who you’re pulling for.

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