32 Teams, 32 observations: Week 5

| October 15, 2010

AFC NORTH
Baltimore:
In 87 carries, Ray Rice has forced just one missed tackle. In 19 receptions he has forced five.
Cincinnati: Only one of Carson Palmer’s interceptions have come when he has been under the pressure. The other five have been when he’s had time to throw.
Cleveland: Joe Thomas will need to be near perfect in pass protection to match his 2010 from here on in. He’s given up 14 pressures already after giving up only 15 the entire 2009 season.
Pittsburgh: Troy Polamalu has blitzed the quarterback just twelve times this year (with pressure 25 percent of the time).


AFC EAST
Buffalo:
Andy Levitre has given up less pressure than any other left guard who has started five games (four).
Miami: In 2009 Yeremiah Bell missed one tackle. Through four games this year he has already missed seven (more than any other defender).
New England: The Patriots have put faith in Brandon Tate despite him being thrown at just 15 times in his career.
New York Jets: D’Brickashaw Ferguson is the only left tackle in the league to average up less than one quarterback pressure allowed per game.

AFC SOUTH
Houston:
Zac Diles has been thrown at 13 times more than any other outside linebacker (38). Worse still, 92.1 percent of these passes have been completed.
Indianapolis: Austin Collie has collected more yards after the catch (217) than any other receiver.
Jacksonville: Terrence Knighton has missed more tackles (four) than made (three). Though it should be noted he has an additional three sacks.
Tennessee: With 24 defensive stops, Stephen Tulloch has as many as any other defender in the league (along with Brian Urlacher).

AFC WEST
Denver:
Seven times Denver have thrown the ball to Laurence Maroney and three times he has dropped it.
Kansas City: He’s played fewer games than most of his peers, but no player in the league has any pressures (33) as Tamba Hali
Oakland: Seven times Tyvon Branch has been thrown at. Each one of these has been completed, with an incredible four going for touchdowns. More than any other safety.
San Diego: Come back, Marcus McNeil. The Chargers offensive tackles are the leading two tackles when it comes to giving up quarterback pressure. Combined, they’re at 53 for the year.

NFC NORTH
Chicago:
With 10, no player has made more special teams tackles than Corey Graham
Detroit: Ndamikong Suh is a bit hit-and-miss, but when he hits he really hits. His 13 total quarterback pressures are third most out of all defensive tackles. Needs to be more disciplined in the run game, though.
Green Bay: Only Adrian Peterson is averaging as many yards after contact per carry as Brandon Jackson (both men at 4.0).
Minnesota: Jared Allen is averaging a quarterback pressure every 14.2 times he rushes the passer.

NFC EAST
Dallas:
All of Tony Romo’s interceptions have come when he hasn’t faced pressure. Five of his seven touchdowns have come when teams have blitzed him.
New York Giants: Of all defensive ends, only Trent Cole has as many defensive stops (16) as Justin Tuck (with Tuck having played less snaps).
Philadelphia: While LeSean McCoy has only forced four missed tackles (only Ray Rice has forced less with 68 or more carries), his yards after contact per attempt of 3.6 is third in the league.
Washington: Somewhat surprisingly, Donovan McNabb leads the league — alongside Matt Schaub and Chad Henne — in a passes batted down (seven).

NFC SOUTH
Atlanta:
While Dunta Robinson hasn’t quite been the all-conquering corner his contract would suggest, his tackling has been excellent. He’s yet to miss one.
Carolina: The Panthers’ top three receivers have caught just 42.42 percent of passes thrown their way.
New Orleans: The 24 pressures Jon Stinchcomb has surrendered matches the amount he gave up during the 2009 regular season.
Tampa Bay: Rookie receiver has forced as many missed tackles (six) than any other receiver, tied with Terrell Owens.

NFC WEST
Arizona:
With six pass breakups, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie leads the league alongside Perrish Cox.
St Louis: No quarterback has been hit per number of passes as much as Sam Bradford. His figure of nine is four more than any other quarterback.
San Francisco: Neither starting inside linebacker for the 49ers has missed a tackle this season.
Seattle: Along with Renaldo Hill, Lawyer Milloy is the only safety to have started every game for his team and to not have missed a tackle.

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