Friday, October 23, 2009

Dissa 'n Data

Adrian Peterson: 618 yards rushing. Leads the NFL.

Steelers' Rush Defense: 74 yards per game.

Brett Favre: 69.7 completion percentage. 1,347 yards. 12 TDs/2 interceptions.

Vikings' Offense: 31.5 points per game. 2nd in NFL.

The Vikings: Tops in the league in turnover ratio.

Ben Roethlisberger: 72.5 completion percentage. Second in NFL. 156.3 passer rating when throwing outside the pocket. Nearly perfect.

Hines Ward: The top, most-productive receiver right now in the NFL. Not Larry Fitzgerald. Not Andre Johnson. Not Terrell Owens. Hines Ward.

The Steelers' offensive line according to the NFL Network's Jamie Dukes, a former offensive lineman: Massively under-rated. "The Steelers' offensive line deserves a boatload of credit."

Mike Tomlin on Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams: "They trample the run on the way to the pass."

Mike Tomlin on the Vikings' cornerbacks: "They're violent people."

Mewelde Moore: Ex-Viking.

Lots of bad teams this year: Right now, Steel Triangle considers the following franchises bad teams: Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Washington, Buffalo, Oakland, Detroit, Kansas City, St. Louis and Tennessee. That's nine bad teams. Until last week, I wouldn't have put the Titans on that list, but 59-0 convinced me otherwise.

Lots of high-profile unemployed coaches out there: Some of these guys might be happy broadcasting instead of coaching, but still ... Bill Cowher, Mike Shanhan, Jon Gruden, Herm Edwards, Steve Mariucci, Mike Holmgren, And Brian Billick -- who claims with some satisfaction that he is "still gettiing paid by the Ravens." I gotta believe Billick has his eyes on that job (Norv Turner's) with the under-achieving San Diego Chargers. Or Washington, just down the road from his former employer, Baltimore-or-less.

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