PFF Reaction Blog: Week 7

| October 22, 2012

We’ve been doing the Stat and Snap Report for the past two weeks, but we figured we could do more. So we’re upgrading to a Live Reaction Blog similar to what we were doing during the free agency period.

What will change and what will we be providing? In short, more…

•  Information on the highest-rated players from each team in every game.

•  Unique snap numbers including looking at how many routes a receiver runs.

•  Some of the unique PFF stats including which defensive players are getting pressure, which offensive players are giving it up and how a quarterback fares under pressure.

•  Formation analysis including which teams are running the most multiple receiver sets.

•  Reaction to all the breaking news out there, for example: if a team loses a player we’ll offer some insight on who could be asked to step up and whether a team can recover.

Of course this is only a smidgen of what you get in PFF Premium but we want you to know what’s available and get something out of the countless hours our team puts in to breaking down games. So bookmark the page and click back every 30 minutes because we’ll be updating at regular intervals, as well will with our Twitter Page.

 

20:10 Steelers @ Bengals Numbers In

- The Steelers’ three highest-graded performances were by Mike Adams (+3.9), Ben Roethlisberger (+3.4) and Jonathan Dwyer (+3.1).

- It was a day for the good Ike Taylor. He was in primary coverage on two throws and allowed just one reception for 8 yards despite trailing A.J. Green.

- After seeing 16 snaps against the Titans, Cameron Heyward saw his playing time drop to just seven snaps. That’s the third time this year he’s failed to make double digits.

- The three highest graded Bengals were Clint Boling (+2.4), Michael Johnson (+2.2) and Kevin Zeitler (+1.9)

- Andy Dalton completed only two passes over 10 yards in the air the entire game.

- Andrew Hawkins was on the field for 40% of the Bengals’ offensive plays, ran just 18 pass routes and was targeted just twice.

 

19:20 Cowboys @ Panthers Numbers In

- Three highest-graded players for the Cowboys were Nate Livings (+3.9), Tony Romo (+2.8) and Morris Claibourne (+2.2).

- Miles Austin managed 2.94 yards per route run. Dez Bryant just 0.47.

- The Cowboys went to their three-receiver packages on 28 out of 69 offensive plays.

- The three highest-graded Panthers were James Anderson (+2.3), Cam Newton (+1.5) and Jordan Gross (+1.5).

- The defense managed just nine hurries of Tony Romo all game.

- Carolina once again went wide receiver heavy. They ran three-receiver sets on 61.5% of plays.

 

18:55 Signature Stat Teaser

- Antonio Cromartie gave up 0.39 yards per snap in coverage this week (with an assist from the normally sure handed Brandon Lloyd). At the other end of the scale Eric Wright gave up 3.87.

- Of the 36 routes Randall Cobb ran, 31 were from the slot where he picked up six receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

- Bobby Massie and D’Anthony Batiste combined to give up 16 quarterback disruptions this week.

- Joe Flacco completed just 33.3% of passes when he was under pressure.

 

18:33 Chris Kelsay Calls Out Bills – Our Take

Strong words from Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay who clearly isn’t happy with the performance of the defense. His grade of -2.5 has hardly set the world alight but we’ve come to expect that from him. Instead the bigger disappointments have to be seen as Mario Williams and Marcel Dareus with Mark Anderson on the shelf. Those three have combined for a -22.2 grade this year, and they even got to pad that somewhat against a woeful Cardinals front. The only bright spots on the line have been the return of Kyle Williams who has been a one-man wrecking crew at times, and the surprising impact Kyle Moore has had rushing the passer. He’s provided a nice change of pace while picking up 12 quarterback disruptions on just 48 pass rushes.

 

17:55 Chris Gamble placed on Injured Reserve

It’s not getting any easier for the Panthers. Their stud cornerback Chris Gamble has had his season cut short due to a shoulder injury. He had the lowest yards per snap in coverage of all cornerbacks before his injury at just 0.45. Captain Munnerlyn has returned to the starting lineup, with Josh Thomas coming into their nickel package at left cornerback.

 

17:42 Sergio Kindle Update

The former second rounder was cut by the Ravens and now finds himself on their practice squad. Yep that’s right. A second rounder on the practice squad. No team was prepared to take a chance on Kindle who managed 15 snaps last year and just 12 this year before he experienced the waiver wire process.

 

17:30 Jason Pinkston Placed on IR

Sad news for Browns fans and we here at PFF wish Jason Pinkston a speedy recovery as he deals with blood clots on his lungs. Pinkston had been much improved in 2012 and has been replaced by John Greco who looks to be taking this opportunity and then some. He’s graded at a +8.9 in just 117 snaps after making the Team of the Week 6, and on course to do the same this week.

 

16:45 Titans @ Bills Numbers Are In

- The three highest-graded Titans were Kamerion Wimbley (+3.6), Chris Johnson (+3.3) and Michael Roos (+3.3).

- By virtue of missing nine tackles, the Titans have now missed 44 in their last four games. Ugly.

- Karl Klug was only on the field for six defensive snaps. His playing time is dropping on a week by week basis.

- The three highest-graded Bills were Kyle Williams (+3.9), C.J. Spiller (+3.3) and Andy Levitre (+3.0).

- Mario Williams stats from the game: 57 snaps (33 of which were pass rushes) for zero hurries and just the one tackle. 42 of his snaps were on the left side, with 15 on the right.

- The Bills used three-receiver sets on 85.9% of all offensive plays.

 

16:05 Saints @ Bucs Numbers Are In

- The three highest-graded Saints were Drew Brees (+6.4), Lance Moore (+4.6) and Brian De La Puente (+3.6).

- Drew Brees completed a quite robotic 10-of-12 on passes over 10 yards in the air for 265 yards and two touchdowns.

- All of Jonathan Vilma’s 19 snaps came in the Saints nickel package where he earned a +1.0 grade and broke up a pass.

- The three highest=graded Bucs were Gerald McCoy (+4.0), Vincey Jackson (+3.5) and Doug Martin (+3.0).

- Lavonte David was the only member of the Bucs who didn’t play in the secondary to play every snap.

- Vincent Jackson managed a quite ridiculous 5.02 yards per route he ran.

 

15:45 Charles Woodson Injury!

Big news and it isn’t good if you’re a Packers fans. Charles Woodson is out for, estimates have it, six weeks after breaking his collarbone. Ouch. Woodson has hardly been a raring success since moving to safety while still occupying an early down nickel role, but it will mean a set of safeties who have gotten a lot of playing time recently will get a real test in trying to fill in. Jerron McMillan would seem an obvious replacement, thus expanding on his sub-package role where he has excelled (+6.1). Indeed when Woodson went down it was him that filled in, but the Packers have also been finding ways to get M.D. Jennings on the field. As much as his talent on the field, the versatility of Woodson will be missed.

 

15:40 Browns @ Colts Numbers Are In

- The Browns three highest-graded players were John Greco (+5.1), T..J. Ward (+2.9) and Kaluka Maiava (+2.5).

- Brandon Weeden completed only 1-of-8 balls thrown over 20 yards in the air. Of course there was big drop we can’t forget about (though it was the only drop on the day).

- Cleveland defensive tackle Billy Winn had to play 83% of all defensive snaps after injuries crippled the interior.

- The Colts three highest-graded players were Dwayne Allen (+4.0),  Jeff Linkenbach (+3.4) and Tom Zbikowski (+3.4).

- A mixed day for Jerraud Powers. He walked away with stats allowing 4-of-9 for 68 yards and a touchdown. However, he did break up two passes.

-  Dwight Freeney didn’t drop into coverage once. He has done so only nine times this year.

 

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  • Kevin

    This reminds me what I’ve been wondering lately. Why aren’t there articles for your paying members? I mean it would give people even more incentive to become a member(They really shouldn’t need more than what you offer) and for us that are already paying a few more things to look forward to during the football season. I know I look forward to seeing the grades each player gets and the breakdowns you guys do but I do feel left with wanting more(even though that is a result of the excellent work you do).

    • Khaled Elsayed

      A fair question but I don’t think we want to get into a situation of charging for content on the main site. That said don’t think we aren’t working on a number of things that will give more to premium members. Some little changes, some big ones but we’re all about continuous improvement.

      • Tj

        Can we get reactions quicker is my best suggestion as a Patriots fan? Good stuff though.

      • Kevin

        Understandable. Wasn’t trying to criticize as it has been very obvious you guys here at PFF have been brainstorming new idea’s constantly this year. Keep up the good work!

        • Khaled Elsayed

          We’re all about improvement here so keep the ideas and suggestions coming. If they’re really good I’ll steal them and pass it off as my own!

  • Adam P

    @khaledelsayed:disqus last year there was a place to see where a QB had dropped interceptions, where can I find that. I want to know how some QB’s are lucky and just having their ints dropped and some have all of their possible ints dropped. Where can I find that.

    • Khaled Elsayed

      Never had that on the site, but we do have the numbers for it. Will look at the data once all the games are finished and produce those numbers.