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Steelers 1st Down Run & Pass Stats Through First Half Of 2010 Season


Below are the stats I pieced together of 1st down plays from all 32 teams through week 9 of the season. They are sorted by best to worst using the TYP stat which is the average total yards per play on 1st down. The stats are also broken down by run and pass with averages for each as well as percentage of run versus pass plays on all 1st down plays. Keep in mind that these stats include EVERY 1st down play regardless of yardage.

Overall the Steelers rank 15th in the NFL on first down average yards per play of 5.54. They are 16th overall yards per rush on 1st down with an average of 4.15 and 4th overall in yards per pass on 1st down with an average of 8.32. Before the return of Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers averaged 4.77 yards per carry and 6.44 yards per pass attempt on 1st down. Also since the return of Roethlisberger, there has been a shift back towards a more ballanced run pass ration on 1st down. Through the first 4 games, the Steelers ran 72% of the time on 1st down. In the 4 games since the return of Big Ben, the Steelers have run 65% of the time on 1st downs.

Ideally if the Steelers can keep their 1st down average at around the same level that it has been through the last 4 games, which is 5.84, they should win their share of ballgames over the last half of the season. Through the first 4 games without Ben they managed an average of 5.23 yards per play and went 3-1. It would also be advised to try to run a tad bit better on first down then they have over the last 4 games. Through the first 4 games they averaged 4.77 yards per carry on 1st down and since Ben returned they are only averaging 3.55 yards per carry on 1st down. Not making excuses, but the offensive line has really seen a flux of players this year and the best output was in the 1st and 3rd games of the season against the Falcons and Buccaneers. If the line gets any cohesion going forward, I suspect the next 8 games will be around a healthy 4.50 yards per carry or better.

NFL 1st Down Run & Pass Stats Through Week 9 2010

TEAM #RUSH RYDS YPR #PASS PYDS YPA #PLAYS TYDS TYP RUSH % PASS %
Chargers 141 603 4.28 145 1343 9.26 286 1946 6.80 49% 51%
Giants 148 830 5.61 107 842 7.87 255 1672 6.56 58% 42%
Titans 121 563 4.65 81 740 9.14 202 1303 6.45 60% 40%
Broncos 98 287 2.93 131 1142 8.72 229 1429 6.24 43% 57%
Packers 118 473 4.01 126 1029 8.17 244 1503 6.16 48% 52%
Texans 114 605 5.31 123 840 6.83 237 1445 6.10 48% 52%
Chiefs 136 891 6.55 92 457 4.97 228 1348 5.91 60% 40%
Raiders 164 813 4.96 103 754 7.32 267 1567 5.87 61% 39%
Buccaneers 94 411 4.37 113 794 7.03 207 1205 5.82 45% 55%
Vikings 127 610 4.80 102 693 6.79 229 1302 5.69 55% 45%
Dolphins 111 436 3.93 118 864 7.32 229 1300 5.68 48% 52%
Colts 118 443 3.75 135 992 7.35 253 1435 5.67 47% 53%
Bengals 103 437 4.24 134 888 6.63 237 1325 5.59 43% 57%
Bills 102 387 3.79 111 803 7.23 213 1189 5.58 48% 52%
Steelers 126 523 4.15 63 524 8.32 189 1047 5.54 67% 33%
Jets 147 678 4.61 80 578 7.22 227 1255 5.53 65% 35%
Eagles 100 460 4.60 126 782 6.21 226 1242 5.50 44% 56%
Patriots 112 494 4.41 104 685 6.59 216 1179 5.46 52% 48%
49ers 97 439 4.53 116 709 6.11 213 1148 5.39 46% 54%
Redskins 102 372 3.65 122 832 6.82 224 1204 5.38 46% 54%
Cowboys 80 298 3.72 148 922 6.23 228 1220 5.35 35% 65%
Jaguars 129 552 4.28 87 590 6.78 216 1142 5.29 60% 40%
Bears 99 370 3.74 113 738 6.53 212 1108 5.23 47% 53%
Cardinals 101 483 4.78 93 530 5.70 194 1013 5.22 52% 48%
Ravens 147 535 3.64 96 706 7.35 243 1241 5.11 60% 40%
Falcons 136 552 4.06 109 679 6.23 245 1231 5.03 56% 44%
Browns 107 421 3.93 98 608 6.20 205 1028 5.02 52% 48%
Saints 117 483 4.13 157 882 5.62 274 1366 4.98 43% 57%
Seahawks 92 309 3.36 102 587 5.75 194 896 4.62 47% 53%
Rams 126 481 3.82 104 486 4.67 230 967 4.20 55% 45%
Panthers 103 371 3.60 99 419 4.23 202 790 3.91 51% 49%
Lions 108 315 2.92 123 483 3.93 231 799 3.46 47% 53%

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