It went by fast, but another regular season is in the books which means this is the last regular edition of 32 Teams, 32 Observations.
There are a lot more possibilities of what to do with the numbers now that they’re final for the season, so this week there is no theme–we’ll simply look at 32 different statistics that were unique to the 2011 season. Join me for a trip around the league as I scour our database for noteworthy highlights for each NFL team.
Buffalo Bills: Of all the tight ends with at least 20 targets in a season over the last four seasons, Scott Chandler in 2011 has the highest catch rate. He caught 38 of the 43 balls thrown his way for a catch rate of 88.4%.
Miami Dolphins: Outside linebacker Cameron Wake had 81 overall pressures to lead all linebackers.
New England Patriots: Wide receiver Wes Welker ended the year with 734 yards after the catch. In our four years of analysis, the only other times when a wide receiver has had more than 600 YAC was Welker in 2008 (767 yards) and Welker in 2009 (727 yards).
New York Jets: Right guard Brandon Moore is the only guard to have started every game this year and not allow a sack or a hit.
Baltimore Ravens: Wide receiver Lee Evans recorded by far the lowest catch rate for receivers that played at least 25% of their team’s offensive snaps in the last four years. He has caught just four of 24 balls thrown his way (16.7%).
Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive tackle Geno Atkins ended up with 49 overall pressures, which is 10 more than any other defensive/nose tackle.
Cleveland Browns: Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin had 45 stops on the year, which is eight more than any other defensive/nose tackle.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Safety Troy Polamalu had 13 passes defensed, which is the most by a safety in a season in the past four years. This is his second time in that span leading the league.
Houston Texans: Inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans allowed just 48.6% of passes thrown his way to be caught. He is the only middle/inside linebacker in the last four years to play over half of his team’s defensive snaps and allow less than half of the passes thrown at him to be caught.
Indianapolis Colts: The 18 missed tackles by Pat Angerer is the most by an inside/middle linebacker in the past four years.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Running back Maurice Jones Drew not only dominated the league in total rushing yards (1606), but also led the league in yards after contact (952)
Tennessee Titans: No player had more penalties on special team plays in the past four years than Tommie Campbell this past year with seven. He had more penalties than tackles (6).
Denver Broncos: Kicker Matt Prater had just 27.5% of his kickoffs returned, which was the lowest rate for kickers in the league.
Kansas City Chiefs: Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt had 16 of his punts downed, which was the most by a punter this year.
Oakland Raiders: Safety Matt Giordano allowed the lowest catch rate for safeties at 40.0%.
San Diego Chargers: Of the 64 safeties who played the most snaps, Eric Weddle (who played 98.2% of the Chargers defensive snaps) allowed the fewest receiving yards at 110.
Dallas Cowboys: While outside linebacker Demarcus Ware had by far the most sacks for linebackers at 20, he also had the most penalties with 11.
New York Giants: Tight end Jake Ballard had the highest yards per catch for tight ends with at least 20 targets at 15.9.
Philadelphia Eagles: Center Jason Kelce allowed 33 overall pressures, which is the most by a center in a season over the past three years.
Washington Redskins: Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong had seven catches, and just 7 yards after the catch. His 1.0 yards after the catch average is the lowest for receivers who have played at least 25% of their teams offensive snaps over the last four years.
Chicago Bears: Cornerback Charles Tillman had the most solo tackles and assists combined of any cornerback in the last four years at 101.
Detroit Lions: No quarterback had more players drop passes on him than Matthew Stafford with 45.
Green Bay Packers: Cornerback Tramon Williams has allowed 1034 receiving yards, which is the most by any player in a season over the past four years.
Minnesota Vikings: The 717 receiving yards outside linebacker Chad Greenway allowed was 150 more than any other outside linebacker. He has led outside linebackers in yards allowed in three of the past four seasons (and finished third the other season).
Atlanta Falcons: Wide receiver Roddy White was targeted 175 times. This is the most by any receiver in a season over the past three years. White has been one of the six most targeted receivers in each of the last four seasons.
Carolina Panthers: Running back Jonathan Stewart had 20 players miss tackles on him on his catches alone, which was more than any other back on receptions.
New Orleans Saints: Safety Roman Harper had seven sacks this season. The most any other defensive back has had in a single season in the past four years is four.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cornerback Ronde Barber had 22 missed tackles, which is the most by any cornerback in the past four years. This is his second time leading the league in that time.
Arizona Cardinals: Despite not registering a stop last week, Calais Campbell led all defensive linemen with 47.
St Louis Rams: Defensive end Chris Long had 83 overall pressures which led the league regardless of position, and the most by a defensive linemen in the last four years.
San Francisco 49ers: Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman led the league in stops at 70, which was nearly double the amount of teammate Patrick Willis who had 38 (although Willis played in fewer games).
Seattle Seahawks: Brandon Mebane had the most tackles (39) out of all the defensive linemen who had zero missed tackles this year.