Signature Stat Leaders, Week 4
Exploring the recent week's top performances with a peek into some of our most popular Signature Stats, Khaled Elsayed lays out the leaderboard.
Signature Stat Leaders, Week 4
Whether you’ve been following us since Day 1, or just realized we existed yesterday, the one thing you should know is we provide some of the most unique NFL data available anywhere.
Having all this data led to the creation of the Signature Stat section of our Premium Stats, and this season we’re taking a look at the recent week’s top performances through a Signature Stats lens.
Selecting out some of our most popular Signature Stats, here are some of the players that led the pack in Week 4:
You know what a completion percentage doesn’t tell you? It doesn’t tell you when a quarterback spiked a ball, threw it away, had a pass batted at the line of scrimmage, or was hit while in the process of making a throw. Well, our adjusted completion percentage ignores those throws where a quarterback’s aim can’t be measured, and goes further by counting dropped passes as good as completions to give a reflection of who the most accurate quarterbacks are.
# Name Team Att. Comp Drops TA BP SP HAT Acc. %
1 Philip Rivers SD 23 18 1 1 0 0 0 86.4
2 Peyton Manning DEN 38 30 1 0 2 0 0 86.1
3 Aaron Rodgers GB 41 31 4 0 0 0 0 85.4
4 Robert Griffin III WAS 35 26 3 0 0 1 0 85.3
5 Jay Cutler CHI 24 18 2 0 0 0 0 83.3
The evil genius that is Sam Monson was sick of being told who the most elusive backs in the league were, so he created a formula to show the world. Looking at the number of missed tackles a running back forces, and their yards after contact, there truly is nothing quite like it.
# Name Team Touches Yco/Att Total MT Elusive Rating
1 Michael Turner ATL 16 4 12 300.0
2 Brandon Bolden NE 17 4.5 4 105.9
3 Marshawn Lynch SEA 24 3.4 7 99.2
4 Adrian L. Peterson MIN 25 3.76 6 90.3
5 Alfred Morris WAS 22 3.52 5 80.1
Yards Per Route Run
It’s all well and good seeing a wide receiver was on the field for a certain amount of snaps, but it’s useless information unless you know what type of snaps he was in for. Our Yards Per Route Run Signature Stat lets you know which receivers truly are the most productive (numerically) on a per-route basis.
# Name Team Rec. Yards Snaps in Route YPRR
1 Brian Hartline MIA 253 44 5.75
2 Devin Hester CHI 38 7 5.43
3 Brandon Marshall CHI 138 27 5.11
4 A.J. Green CIN 117 29 4.03
5 Josh Morgan WAS 62 17 3.65
Pass Blocking Efficiency
Sick of hearing comments without substance regarding offensive linemen? Well, settle your stomach by looking at our Pass Blocking Efficiency rankings, available at every offensive line position and for each team’s collective unit. It’s not just about sacks but who is giving up the most pressure on a per-snap basis. Have a look at this list of the five offensive tackles with the worst scores from Week 4:
# Name Team Pass Block Snaps Total Pressure Allowed PBE
1 Willie Smith OAK 37 9 80.4
2 Bobby Massie ARZ 56 12 81.7
3 Tyson Clabo ATL 47 9 84.0
4 Breno Giacomini SEA 31 6 85.5
5 Byron Bell CAR 28 5 85.7
Pass Rushing Productivity
The first ever PFF Signature Stat, it’s grown as we have. It’s available at every single defensive position, so if you want, you can check out who the most productive pass rushing corner in the league is. Or, you can focus on the big guns and see which defensive ends may not be getting the sacks but are making life harder for the quarterback consistently. Here’s a combined look at the best scores from those who rushed the passer at least 20 times in Week 4:
# Name Team Pass Rush Snaps Total Pressure PRP DEN Elvis Dumervil DEN 29 9 25.0 MIA Cameron Wake MIA 50 13 22.0 CAR Charles Johnson CAR 39 10 21.8 SL Chris Long SL 25 7 21.0 CIN Geno Atkins CIN 35 7 17.4
Run Stop Percentage
Tackle numbers. The bane of my existence. You can have a lot of tackles, but so what if they’re coming 10 yards down field when a guy has already done the damage? No, we look at defenders who make defensive stops (plays that don’t get enough yards to be considered a win for the offense). Looking exclusively at plays in run defense, our Run Stop Percentage tells you who is making the most stops per running snap on the field. Here’s a list of the best scores from all defenders who played more than 20 snaps in the run game this week:
# Name Team Run Snaps Stops Stop %
1 Sean Lee DAL 27 6 22.2%
2 Bryan Scott BUF 33 7 21.2%
3 Jabaal Sheard CLV 20 4 20.0%
3 Brian Cushing HST 20 4 20.0%
3 Jovan Belcher KC 30 6 20.0%
Yards Per Coverage Snap
All cornerbacks give up yards, but some are bound to give up more simply because they spend more plays in coverage. A simple enough solution: create a stat that gives you the average number of yards a cornerback gives up per snap he is in coverage. There’s your context, and here are the top scores from Week 4 among those who spent at least 30 snaps in coverage:
# Name Team Snaps Yards Yards / Cover Snap
1 Brandon Browner SEA 32 0 0.00
2 Sterling Moore NE 37 2 0.05
3 Captain Munnerlyn CAR 36 6 0.17
4 Chris Gamble CAR 45 13 0.29
5 Lardarius Webb BLT 49 14 0.29
Statistics are not the be all and end all. They’re certainly not as informative or intelligent as our player grades that are also available in our premium section and are part of the product we provide to numerous NFL teams. But, used in the right way, these numbers can add to the conversation, so we’ll continue creating stats that provide more context than anything else out there.
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