It’s Week 12 in the NFL and that means the PFF Live Reaction Blog is back.
All through the day we’ll be dropping PFF Premium-style nuggets designed to give you information you simply can’t get anywhere else. Naturally you won’t get all of the info you’d get from PFF Premium, but you’ll still see:
- The highest-graded players from every game
- Unique PFF Signature Stats that offer more context than any of the box score numbers out there
- Snap numbers including wide receivers routes run
- Analysis on all the breaking news
So bookmark the page and check back every half hour to be in the know.
18:30 BLT @ SD Analysis!
- In a crazy contest that will be remembered for that run, the three highest graded Ravens were Brendon Ayanbadejo (+3.6), Arthur Jones (+3.4) and Torrey Smith (+3.2).
- Joe Flacco went 5-of-17 on passes aimed over 10 yards against the Chargers.
- Dennis Pitta played 83 snaps with Ed Dickson picking up a knock.
- The three highest graded Chargers were Corey Liuget (+4.2), Antonio Garay (+2.5) and a combination of Nick Hardwick and Kendall Reyes (+2.3).
- Antwan Barnes picked up two sacks and a hurry on his 23 pass rushes against his old team. Shaun Phillips managed just the one sack on 34 pass rushes in a poor display.
- Robert Meachem ran just two routes compared to 19 for Seyi Ajiotutu, 42 for Malcom Floyd, and 40 for Danario Alexander.
18:15 Focus on our ReFocused Articles
Remember if you want something a little more in depth check out our ReFocused article section. Game reviews looking at the key performances from each contest with all finished early tomorrow.
17:45 Steelers place Marcus Gilbert on IR
Another NFL player is lost to injured reserve. This time it’s Gilbert who managed 246 snaps before succumbing to injury. It’s a shame after such a strong rookie year, but the Steelers will be hoping their former second round pick can contribute in 2013 and beyond. He’s displayed impressive skills in pass protection since entering the league, but has struggled to get much push in the run game.
17:40 SEA @ MIA Analysis!
- The three highest graded Seahawks were Max Unger (+2.5), Russell Wilson (+2.4) and Chris Clemons (+2.1).
- Kam Chancellor was responsible for three of the seven tackles the Seahawks missed.
- Brandon Browner wasn’t targeted on any of the 29 snaps he was in coverage.
- The three highest graded Dolphins were Richie Incognito (+3.7), Randy Starks (+2.8) and Koa Misi (+2.8).
- Jake Long gave up a sack, hit and four hurries in his 32 pass blocks. That earned him a -3.3 grade in that regard.
- How about this for deep and intermediate accuracy. Ryan Tannehill completed 7-of-9 balls on passes aimed over 10 yards in the air.
17:30 Suh not to be suspended
The NFL rightly can’t prove intent that Ndamukong Suh wanted to kick Matt Schaub in his most private of parts, so instead we can look back at the rest of the game by Suh and appreciate how excellent he was in that game? The groin area of Matt Schaub has had its’ 15 minutes of fame.
17:00 Lyle Sendlein on IR
With the end of the season approaching we’re seeing more and more guys placed on injured reserve. Lyle Sendlein of the Cards is the latest, with the starting center now going to miss a start for the first time since we started grading. He’s got a -1.2 grade on the year, but if you saw what the rest of the Cardinals had managed you’d realize how much of a loss that was to them.
16:30 49ers Williams Season Over
Bad news for Kyle Williams. He’s torn his ACL and is done for the year. Williams had run 143 pass routes, 43 more than Randy Moss, heading into the game against New Orleans and was managing a healthy 1.48 yards per route run. After beating out first round pick A.J. Jenkins (remember him?), it’s a tough break late in the season and you have to think puts his future with the 49ers in jeopardy. Not every player makes an Adrian Peterson like recovery from ACL damage.
16:00 ATL @ TB Analysis!
- We haven’t forgot about you. The highest graded Falcons were Dunta Robinson (+4.1), Tyson Clabo (+3.0) and Todd McClure (+3.0).
- Michael Turner picked up -4 yards on five carries when he ran off left or right end.
- With Ray Edwards gone the Falcons got 13 snaps for Cliff Matthews who is seeing his playing time increase.
- The best performers for Tampa Bay were Jeremy Zuttah (+2.3), Vincent Jackson (+1.9), and a combination of Josh Freeman and Dallas Clark (+1.6).
- Freeman did however struggle when pressured. He completed 3-of-9 balls for just 32 yards and took two sacks.
- LeGarrette Blount was on the field for just three offensive snaps.
15:15 Sig Stat Teaser
Andre Johnson leads all wide receivers with 2.95 yards per route run.
15:00 Cunningham Suspended
Bad news for the Patriots with news that after violating the leagues’ substance abuse policy, Jermaine Cunningham will miss four games worth of action. Cunningham has 22 quarterback disruptions on the year, spending a large portion of his time rushing from a defensive tackle spot in the Patriots sub package defense. He got a chance to start against the Jets but only walked out of the game with one hurry, though he made his presence felt in run defense. It’s likely that Justin Francis will be the next man up, though New England will be hoping to get Chandler Jones back and healthy before too long.
14:45 Bears Lance Louis season over
After that hit from Jared Allen the Bears have been forced to place their starting right guard Lance Louis on injured reserve. Louis was that rare Bears lineman who didn’t stick out like a sore thumb because of his struggles, instead grading out positively in pass protection after allowing just 11 quarterback disruptions all year. Insert your own joke about the other Bears linemen getting beat so quick he didn’t have a chance to give up pressure. It’s a tough loss, with Gabe Carimi moving to right guard after he went down and actually acquitting himself pretty well.
14:30 DEN @ KC Analysis!
- For the Broncos the three highest graded players were Orlando Franklin (+5.3), Mike Adams (+4.9) and Peyton Manning (+4.3).
- The Broncos only allowed Peyton Manning to face pressure on six of his 40 dropbacks.
- A rare negative grade for Von Miller who only managed three quarterback disruptions and one tackle.
- The Chiefs highest graded players were Ryan Lilja (+3.1), Brandon Flowers (+2.8) and Donald Stephenson (+2.2).
- Peyton Manning only threw into the coverage of Brandon Flowers three times with it resulting in one interception and one completion for 17 yards.
- Dwayne Bowe led the Chiefs with 28 routes run. After him Jonathan Baldwin had 13, Dexter McCluster and Terrance Copper 11, and there were six for Jamar Newsome.
13:45 PIT @ CLV Analysis!
- Three games up in quick fire and the first grades we’ll bring you are from the Steelers. Their highest graded players were Brett Keisel (+3.3), Ike Taylor (+3.2) and James Harrison (+3.0).
- How bad was Charlie Batch. Bad Day Team of the Week Bad. He completed 2-of-11 passes aimed over 10 yards in the air.
- Three times Ike Taylor was targeted. The end result was zero completions with two pass deflections.
- The highest graded players for the victorious Browns were Joe Haden (+4.7), T.J. Ward (+3.7) and Joe Thomas (+3.4).
- Fives times Joe Haden was thrown and he only allowed only one reception for four yards while picking up an interception and pass deflection for his troubles.
- In the battle for routes for the Browns, Josh Gordon ran the most (30), Greg Little was second (25) with Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin (12) tying for third. Joshua Cribbs ran the one.
13:30 Premium Update
Lots of games going up on premium right now so we’ll be feeding back analysis on all of them shortly. Get your popcorn ready.
13:00 Jonathon Amaya Arrested
NBC Miami break the news that Dolphins safety Jonathon Amaya got into an altercation with his cab driver. Always a risky move for a special teamer and backup safety, especially after the stance Miami took with Chad Johnson earlier this year. Amaya got on the field for 54 snaps in New Orleans last year before returning to Miami and has always been an active special teams play since coming into the league undrafted in 2010.
12:45 Broncos sign Hester
This is one that will be met with a whole lot of indifference in PFF Towers as ‘is he fullback, is he halfback’ Jacob Hester has been signed to the roster. Hester has constantly graded as one of the worst fullbacks in the league, year after year, so it will be interesting to see how the Broncos use him.
12:40 Brown Breaks Leg
Tough break for Andre Brown. He finally gets his chance in New York and then he breaks his leg. Before Sundays’ game he had a +4.3 grade for his rushing and built upon the two career snaps he had managed heading into the year.
12:30 Geno Atkins Appreciation Society
It has another member in the shape of our own @PFF_Khaled. He breaks down why you need to add Atkins to the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year.
12:00 Sig Stat Teaser!
Jay Cutler completed 12-of-15 on passes he was under pressure this week.
11:45 Anthony Armstrong makes it to Dallas
According to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas, Anthony Armstrong has signed on with the Cowboys after Andre Holmes was cut. Anyone else remember when Armstrong seemed to catch one deep ball a week back in 2010? In 2010 he has the fifth highest amount of yards in the league on balls thrown over 20 yards in the air. Since then he’s dropped six balls and caught 10 in two years. It’s hard to see Armstrong making much of an impact in Dallas but if we could find the 2010 version of himself then stranger things have happened.
11:40 Schaub No Fan of Ndamukong
It’s hardly surprising that Matt Schaub isn’t a fan of Ndamukong Suh. In addition to kicking him in the family jewels he also took him to the turf three times and hurried him a further seven more. Unimpressed Schaub has stated Suh is ‘not Texan worthy’ in one of the most snooty NFL insults we’ve heard in a while. It’s a shame that Suh, coming off perhaps his best game as a pro, is once again making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Still fans of the 2010 draft class need not be dismayed with fellow defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Geno Atkins lighting it up.
11:30 Bruce Carter on Injured Reserve!
Bad news for the Dallas Cowboys as they’ve lost another starting inside linebacker for the remainder of the season. Sophomore Bruce Carter has impressed with his run defense (though not to the degree some would have you believe when quoting his tackle numbers) and will be sorely missed, grading as our 7th 3-4 ILB on the year. It’s likely to be mean an increase in snaps for both Dan Connor (a perfectly capable two down linebacker) and Ernie Sims. Brady Poppinga has been signed as insurance, but that’s a concern. He earned a -8.1 grade as a two down player in St Louis last year.
11:15 Sig Stat Teaser!
Geno Atkins has a pass rushing productivity score of 12.2. Including defensive ends and outside linebackers only five defenders have a better score. Remarkable for a defensive interior player.
11:00 Raiders @ Bengals Analysis!
- The Raiders three highest graded performers were Michael Huff (+2.6), Jared Veldheer (+2.6) and Marcel Reece (+2.5).
- Carson Palmer felt pressure on 44.7% of dropbacks. He completed just 30.8% of passes on those.
- Darrius Heyward-Bey led the team with 37 pass routes. Second was Denarius Moore with 35 with Juron Criner third (29). Rod Streater managed just 3.
- The Bengals highest graded players were Geno Atkins (+8.9), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (+2.4) and Michael Johnson (+2.4).
- Atkins managed a quarterback disruption on one of every three pass rushes, turning 33 attempts to get the quarterback into a sack, two hits and eight hurries.
- Not the best day for Andy Dalton who went 3-of-10 on passes aimed over 10 yards in the air.
10:30 Rundown on Watt versus Miller for DPOY
Using our own great numbers Peter King has used his MMQB to break down why J.J. Watt and Von Miller are streaks ahead of the competition for DPOY of the year. Naturally, with Aldon Smith leading the sack charts, this has created quite the discussion. We’ll likely follow up on this looking at some of the would be contenders.
10:00 TEN@ JAX Analysis!
- The three highest graded Titans were Jurrell Casey (+4.1), Alterraun Verner (+2.1) and Michael Roos (+1.8).
- Jake Locker completed 1-of-8 balls over 20 yards in the air.
- The Titans offensive line got beat for just seven pressures.
- Chad Henne (+5.1) had the Jacksonville Jaguars highest grade. Second was C.J. Mosley (+2.6) and in joint third the combination of Dwight Lowery and Marcedes Lewis (+2.4).
- Justin Blackmon led the team in routes run. His 33 was one more than Cecil Shorts and 16 more than Michael Spurlock. Kevin Elliott managed seven and Jordan Shipley just six.
- The Jaguars two starting defensive ends Jeremy Mincey and Austen Lane combined for zero quarterback disruptions.
09:30 Sig Stat Teaser!
Did you know that six of the seven sacks the Titans managed yesterday came when they blitzed? You do now.
09:00 BUF @ IND Analysis!
- The highest graded Bills performances all came on defense. In order they were Marcell Dareus (+4.7), Kyle Williams (+4.2) and Nick Barnett (+3.0).
- 64.4% of Ryan Fitzpatricks’ yards came after the catch.
- Mario Williams had a big pass rushing day right? Well three sacks sounds impressive, but one was unblocked and another was of the clean up variety. He only beat a lineman twice on 40 pass rushes.
- For Indianapolis Dwight Freeney (+4.1) was the highest graded player. After him it was Jerrell Freeman (+3.8) and a combination of Anthony Castonzo and Robert Mathis (+2.8).
- A tough day for Andrew Luck under pressure. He took sacks on a quarter of the plays under pressure and completed just 2-11 for 49 yards and an interception.
- Jerrell Freeman had eight defensive stops. The next most for Indianapolis was two.
08:30 Defensive Player of the Year!
There’s a heated debate going on right now on Twitter. The PFF grading suggests Aldon Smith isn’t quite on the level of Von Miller or J.J. Watt this year despite his sacks. What do you think? Let us know at @PFF.
08:00 NE @ NYJ Analysis!
- In a comfortable win the three highest graded Patriots were Daniel Fells (+5.2), Dan Connolly (+4.4) and Marcus Cannon (+3.1).
- Tom Brady went 2-of-7 on balls over 10 yards.
- Julian Edelman picked up 7.11 yards per route run. He only ran nine routes. Meanwhile Brandon Lloyd ran 26 and Wes Welker 27 (with Matthew Slater at two).
- It wasn’t all bad for the Jets. D’Brickashaw Ferguson (+2.4), Jeff Cumberland (+2.0) and Matt Slauson (+1.3) all came out of the game with credit.
- Same old problems for Mark Sanchez. Under pressure he goes 4-of-6 for 28 yards and an interception while taking two more sacks.
- Calvin Pace rushed the passer 19 times and generated just one pressure.
07:30 Sig Stat Nugget of Goodness!
On 27.3% of the run plays Jason Hatcher was on it against Washington he had a defensive stop.
07:00 WAS @ DAL Analysis!
- The three highest graded Redskins were DeAngelo Hall (+4.1), Barry Cofield (+3.7) and Will Montgomery (+3.6).
- RG3 averaged 7.9 yards per attempt when pressured, and 12.2 when not.
- In the battle for routes at wide receiver Josh Morgan led the way with 23 from both Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss (22). Leonard Hankerson got 14 while both Aldrick Robinson and Brandon Banks were given four.
- All of the better performances for Dallas came on defense. Anthony Spencer (+3.7), Jason Hatcher (+3.4) and Dan Connor (+2.7) had the highest grades.
- Tony Romo completed only 1-of-7 balls thrown over 20 yards in the air.
- Brandon Carr gave up 5-of-7 balls into his coverage for 43 yards and a touchdown.
06:30 HST @ DET Analysis!
- Shall we have a look back at some of the Thanksgiving Games as well? The three highest graded Texans were J.J. Watt (+8.9), Duane Brown (+8.7) and Antonio Smith (+6.1),
- The Texans only missed two tackles, and both were by Brice McCain.
- Matt Schaub avergaed only 2.8 yards per attempt on the 20 plays he was pressured.
- The highest graded Lions were Ndamukong Suh (+8.1), Matthew Stafford (+4.4) and Calvin Johnson (+3.9).
- Kyle Vanden Bosch rushed the passer 30 times and didn’t generate a single pressure.
- Stafford went 14-of-26 on passes aimed over 10 yards in the air.
06:00 Seahawks Lose Starting Cornerbacks
That’s right, unless Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner can do the unthinkable and win their appeal, they’ll miss four games. That’s a bitter blow for the Seahawks to lose the owners of our 3rd (Sherman) and 11th (Browner) highest coverage grades for cornerbacks. In their place they’ll have to hope Marcus Trufant (who gave up the seventh most receiving yards in the league the last time he was a full time starter in 2010), Walter Thurmond (coming off a severe injury), Byron Maxwell (two career defensive snaps) and Jeremy Lane (zero career defensive snaps) can step up. That will be asking a lot and is a bitter blow to their fading playoff hopes.
05:30 MIN @ CHI Analysis!
- The three highest graded Vikings were Jared Allen (+2.3), Rhett Ellison (+2.3) and Jasper Brinkley (+1.9).
- With Percy Harvin out, Jarius Wright was on the field for 29 routes while being the target on 10 passes for seven receptions and 49 yards. He led the team with a yards per route run of 1.69.
- Remember when the Vikings defense were excellent at tackling. They missed another 10 today, with the worst offender being Antoine Winfield with three.
- In a comprehensive win the highest graded Bears performers were Matt Spaeth (+6.7), Jay Cutler (+5.4) and Israel Idonije (+5.2).
- When you consider Cutler had four dropped passes and two of his passes were batted, he had an adjusted accuracy percentage of 93.1%.
- With a depleted receiving unit, the Bears only ran three wide receiver sets on 35.1%. Naturally Brandon Marshall (34) led the team in routes ran, with Earl Bennett (29) second, Eric Weems (14) third and Devin Hester (six) fourth.
05:00 And we’re off!
We’ve got a couple of games live for our premium users so stay tuned to get some information on those games shortly, as well as feedback on all the talking points to come out of the Week 12 slate of games in the NFL.