32 Observations, Week 2
We are now two weeks into the season which means we have twice as much data as we did last week. While we’re obviously not looking at season-long trends, it is enough time to find more things to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Here are 32 Observations that would have been hard to predict two weeks ago.
Buffalo Bills: There are 10 inside/middle linebackers in the league who have yet to miss a tackle. The only pair of teammates are Kiko Alonso and Arthur Moats.
Miami Dolphins: The tight end leading the league in Yards Per Route Run is Charles Clay at 3.08.
New England Patriots: Quarterback Tom Brady has an Accuracy Percentage of 62.5%, which is the league’s third-lowest mark, just ahead of Josh Freeman and Blaine Gabbert.
New York Jets: Second-year undrafted nose tackle Damon Harrison has a Run Stop Percentage of 14.8, which is the second-best for all defensive/nose tackles.
Baltimore Ravens: In 2008, Terrell Suggs had a 10.7 Run Stop Percentage which was second best amongst 4-3 defensive ends. It has decreased every year since then and was down to 5.8 last year. In 2013, he apparently has found the fountain of youth, as his RS% of 22.6% is leading all 3-4 outside linebackers.
Cincinnati Bengals: After being one of the best five defensive tackles in Run Stop Percentage in 2012, Geno Atkins has yet to have a run stop in 2013. He is one of just two defensive/nose tackles that has played at least 30 snaps without one.
Cleveland Browns: In 2012 as a rookie Mitchell Schwartz played every single offensive snap at right tackle and allowed just 33 pressures on the entire year. In just two games, Schwartz is already over half way to that number with 18 pressures allowed. His five sacks allowed this year has already matched last year.
Pittsburgh Steelers: After a sub-par 2012, Lamarr Woodley is having a strong start to 2013 with a Pass Rushing Productivity of 16.4% which is third-best for 3-4 outside linebackers. Unfortunately it doesn’t matter much who is lining up on the other side of him as Jason Worilds has yet to have a pressure while Jarvis Jones just has two.
Houston Texans: The running back who has taken the lead in Elusive Rating at 138.9 is Ben Tate. This is thanks to a high 6.39 yards after contact per attempt.
Indianapolis Colts: New safety LaRon Landry has eight stops on the year, which is two more than any other safety has so far in 2013.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Both Alan Ball and Will Blackmon have two of the highest catch rates in the league at 85.7% and 80.0%. However they both also have two of the lowest yards per catch allowed at 6.8 and 6.3.
Tennessee Titans: While the Titans duo of new guards has been helpful in the run game, they have made their fair share of mistakes in pass protection. Rookie Chance Warmack has an 89.9 Pass Blocking Efficiency which is second-worst in the league for all guards, while Andy Levitre is third-worst at 90.4.
Denver Broncos: The combination of center Manuel Ramirez and right guard Louis Vasquez have yet to allow a single pressure.
Kansas City Chiefs: One role player who has stood out is Akeem Jordan, who has a run stop in one in every five run plays he has been in for.
Oakland Raiders: When Terrelle Pryor takes 2.5 seconds or less to throw the ball, he completes 82.8% of his passes. When he takes 2.6 seconds or more, he only completes 43.5%.
San Diego Chargers: In his first year as a starter, Shareece Wright has allowed 219 receiving yards; second-most in the league.
Dallas Cowboys: Running back DeMarco Murray has had nine player miss tackles on his 13 catches. That is three more than any other back.
New York Giants: The Giants have a number of veteran newcomers at defensive tackle this year that have been paying off. Mike Patterson (+4.6 Run Defense) and Shaun Rogers (+3.1 Run Defense) are both in the top six for all defensive/nose tackles in run defense.
Philadelphia Eagles: The leader in Yards Per Route Run of those with at least 10 targets is DeSean Jackson at 4.43. Teammate Riley Cooper is second worst at 0.57, while Jason Avant is also near the bottom of the league at 0.88.
Washington Redskins: Left tackle Trent Williams is now at five consecutive games without allowing a sack or hit, and six consecutive games of allowing no more than two pressures.
Chicago Bears: After dropping 13 passes last year, which was third-most for wide receivers, Brandon Marshall has yet to drop a pass in 2013.
Detroit Lions: From year to year, Matthew Stafford has been wildly inconsistent in terms of his Accuracy Percentage. In 2011 he was fifth in the league at 74.7%, and he has also finished near the bottom of the league at 65.4%. So far this year he is leading the league at 82.4%.
Green Bay Packers: There is only one wide receiver with at least 200 receiving yards while lining up in the slot, and that is Randall Cobb. He has 236 yards on 16 targets as well as two touchdowns.
Minnesota Vikings: In 2012, Christian Ponder had just 269 passing yards from deep passes, which was second-lowest in the league. In 2013 he already has 151 passing yards on deep passes, which is fourth in the league.
Atlanta Falcons: In 2012 Matt Ryan completed 69.1% of his play action passes, which was the sixth in the league. So far in 2013, Ryan has increased that to 89.5%, currently the league’s best.
Carolina Panthers: Tight end Ben Hartsock has a +3.1 Run Block grade, which is the best among all tight ends.
New Orleans Saints: In the pre-season the Saints had the top two 3-4 defensive ends in Pass Rushing Productivity, and great play from the position has carried on into the regular season. Cameron Jordan has the second best Pass Rushing Productivity at the position at 14.0, while Akiem Hicks is fifth at 9.5.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Over two games, Doug Martin has managed a -0.03 Yards Per Route Run which is by far the worst in the league. He has ran 33 pass routes and has been targeted on seven of those passes, but has just two catches for -1 yard and three drops.
Arizona Cardinals: When quarterbacks have targeted Patrick Peterson, they have a perfect Quarterback Rating of 158.3. They have completed eight of 10 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.
St. Louis Rams: In his first 31 games in the league, Robert Quinn had three games with six or more overall pressures. In his two games in 2013, he has had six or more pressures in both games.
San Francisco 49ers: In 2012 Colin Kaepernick was one of the most accurate passers under pressure with an Accuracy Percentage of 71.2%. In 2013 he is the least accurate in the league at 37.5%.
Seattle Seahawks: Last year Red Bryant had one of the worst Run Stop Percentages in the league for 4-3 defensive ends at 4.4%. This year he is leading the league at 14.8%.
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