Steelers Rushing Play Direction Report Through Week 14

I was asked about play direction in the running game via email and it is about time we check back in with those stats. Next year I will try to post these weekly for you. The top table is is through 14 games while the bottom table was through the first 4 games. Of course a ton has happened in that span as Jonathan Scott has been the starter at left tackle since Max Starks went down, while right guard has seen the bodies of Trai Essex, Doug Legursky and Ramon Foster as of late. The table breaks down number of plays each direction and that rank and also the average gain and that NFL rank.

As you can see the Steelers like running right. “22 Double” is perhaps responsible for most of the big runs this season starting with the walk-off TD run by Rashard Mendenhall in week 1. Chris Kemoeatu is known for his pulling ability to the right. Foster and Flozell Adams are holding their own in run blocking, but Adams has a -5.8 run block rating according to Pro Football Focus this year while Foster has a -3.2 and they are lucky Mendenhall is so good after first contact. A very underrated running back stat for sure. Scott? well Scott is a warm body that is better to have out there than Tony Hills.

The Steelers, as are pretty good on 1st down and have run 201 rushing plays on 1st down for a 3.93 average yards per rush. On 2nd downs it is still respectable as they have run 137 rushing plays on 2nd down for a 3.7 average yards per rush. Not the best in the NFL on either down, but respectable. As of late the line has not dominated the likes of Buffalo and the Bengals on the ground and that is a bit of a concern in mid December as both of those teams have not been good against the run this year going into their games against the Steelers.

Through Week 14

Left End
Left Tackle
Left Guard
Up the Middle
Right Guard
Right Tackle
Right End
Plays: 17Plays: 42Plays: 56Plays: 99Plays: 67Plays: 66Plays: 22
NFL Rank: 32NFL Rank: 19NFL Rank: 5NFL Rank: 14NFL Rank: 3NFL Rank: 5NFL Rank: 29
Avg Gain: 5.59Avg Gain: 3.83Avg Gain: 3.07Avg Gain: 3.53Avg Gain: 4.66Avg Gain: 5.64Avg Gain: 5.09
NFL Rank: 13NFL Rank: 24NFL Rank: 26NFL Rank: 23NFL Rank: 8NFL Rank: 2NFL Rank: 16

Through Week 4

Left EndLeft Tackle Left GuardUp the Middle Right GuardRight Tackle Right End
Plays: 10Plays: 11Plays: 22Plays: 28Plays: 21Plays: 18Plays: 7
NFL Rank: 19NFL Rank: 17NFL Rank: 3NFL Rank: 14NFL Rank: 4NFL Rank: 6NFL Rank: 23
Avg Gain: 4.60Avg Gain: 3.82Avg Gain: 3.95Avg Gain: 4.14Avg Gain: 3.43Avg Gain: 8.11Avg Gain: 5.43
NFL Rank: 16NFL Rank: 20NFL Rank: 12NFL Rank: 16NFL Rank: 13NFL Rank: 1NFL Rank: 13

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