32 Teams, 32 Observations, Week 2

| September 23, 2011

Digging through our database is a blast. There’s something that jumps out at you on every look and picking through it all to pull out notes for this piece gives me a chance to check in with each team to see who’s standing out for one reason or another.
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So much to say and so little space to say it in … here’s your weekly peek at some interesting bits from around the league:
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AFC EAST
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Buffalo Bills: Running back Fred Jackson has 4.3 yards after contact per attempt. That number is better than the total yards per attempt for half the league’s starters.

Miami Dolphins: Fourth round rookie Clyde Gates leads the league in kick return yards with 206. His long is only 39 yards. Most others near the top of the leader board have a huge run mixed in supplying the bulk of the yardage.

New England Patriots: Sebastian Vollmer is the only tackle who has started a game this year to not have allowed a sack, hit or pressure.

New York Jets: Center Nick Mangold allowed one sack all of last year. This year he has already allowed two.
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AFC NORTH
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Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens are known for having a great front seven, but only three players of the 13 to have played a down in the group have a positive pass rush rating.

Cincinnati Bengals: While everyone is talking about Cam Newton, Andy Dalton was very impressive in his second game and is sixth in the PFF Quarterback Rating at 97.25.

Cleveland Browns: Rookie Phil Taylor is quickly making an impact on defense, leading all defensive tackles with seven stops.

Pittsburgh Steelers: In Week 1, the Steelers only had two hits/sacks. In Week 2, they were back to being the team you would expect with 11.
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AFC SOUTH
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Houston Texans: A solution to the Texans’ pass defense problems? Brice McCain! So far in 38 plays in coverage, he has been thrown at four times but has yet to allow a catch.

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts rotate their defensive line just as much as any team, with eight of their linemen playing between 50 and 100 snaps so far.

Jacksonville Jaguars: In Week 2, Luke McCown “completed” 10 passes. 60% of those were caught by Jaguars; 40% by the Jets.

Tennessee Titans: Kicker Rob Bironas was pretty much automatic last year with only one missed field goal. This year he has already missed two.
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AFC WEST
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Denver Broncos: Middle linebacker Joe Mays has been making tackles when it counts: 10 of his 11 tackles have been stops.

Kansas City Chiefs: Newly acquired Le’Ron McClain is one of three fullbacks with more than one carry. He leads all fullbacks in yards after contact with eight.

Oakland Raiders: Kicker Sebastian Janikowski has been the touchback king of 2011, with all 11 of his kickoffs going the distance so far.

San Diego Chargers: While the team is typically bad at special teams, Mike Scifres has been an exception. Three of his four punts have been downed inside the 20 yard line.
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NFC EAST
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Dallas Cowboys: While it was Tony Romo who was criticized after Week 1, he has received no help from his run game. The team has averaged 2.3 yards per run. 21 individual rushers with 15 or more carries have a higher average than that … after contact.

New York Giants: So far 19 players have played at least 10 snaps on defense. Of those players, 14 have produced pressure – three of them being defensive backs.

Philadelphia Eagles: Defensive end Trent Cole is continuing where he left off last year. He currently leads the league at all positions in combined pressures with 18.

Washington Redskins: The defensive line hasn’t helped much in the terms of pass rush, with just five combined pressures on 171 combined pass rush opportunities.
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NFC NORTH
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Chicago Bears: No quarterback has thrown the ball away more this year than Jay Cutler who has thrown it away six times.

Detroit Lions: While Calvin Johnson is known as one of the best receivers in the game, he has already accumulated four drops, which puts him at the top of the league in drop rate with 30.77%.

Green Bay Packers: It has been 786 pass plays since right guard Josh Sitton has last allowed a sack.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings trust their run blockers on the right more than the left, with a 30:11 ratio of Peterson’s attempts favoring the right. His rushing average is also better to the right, with 5.7 yards per carry compared to 4.8.
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NFC SOUTH
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Atlanta Falcons: Tackle Sam Baker has allowed more pressure this year than any other player, with a combined 15 pressures allowed on 90 pass plays.

Carolina Panthers: While Legedu Naanee leads all receivers in number of  snaps in the slot with 79, he has only been thrown at six times from that position.

New Orleans Saints: So far safety Roman Harper has allowed a total of 80 yards after the catch. Only nine safeties have allowed more.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quarterback Josh Freeman is someone who is benefiting the most in our Accuracy Percentage. Due to eight of his passes being dropped and two spikes, his Accuracy Percentage is 80.6%, good for second in the league.
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NFC WEST
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Arizona Cardinals: While only three of Kevin Kolb’s passes have been thrown 20 yards or more downfield, all three have been completions for a total of 130 yards and a touchdown.

St Louis Rams:  It is typically a problem for a tight end when you have more dropped passes than catches. This is the case with Lance Kendricks, who has three drops and two catches.

San Francisco 49ers: There is only one player on the 49ers’ offense with a rating above +1.0, and that is quarterback Alex Smith.

Seattle Seahawks: All 19 players who have taken a snap on the Seahawks’ defense have at least one stop.
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