10 stats to know for Super Bowl 50
Super Bowl 50 has finally arrived, and while most fantasy football competitions have wrapped up, we’re still here to bring you 10 must-know stats for the final game of the year.
1. Cam Newton scored 0.73 fantasy points per drop back this season, tops in the league by a wide margin (Russell Wilson’s 0.60 was second). Additionally, Newton has scored 0.92 points per drop back so far in the playoffs, more than twice as high as anyone else (Wilson, 0.45).
2. Demaryius Thomas dropped just over 10 percent of his passes. Only three other qualifying receivers – Randall Cobb, Mike Evans, and Amari Cooper – dropped a higher percentage of their passes this season. On top of that, Thomas has dropped 14.2 percent of his passes so far in the playoffs.
3. Ronnie Hillman has forced just one missed tackle on 28 touches this postseason. He has earned an Elusive Rating of 9.3 as a result, worst among all running backs in the playoffs. His teammate, C.J. Anderson, has forced four misses on 35 touches and has earned an Elusive Rating of 29.4, fifth among running backs in this year’s playoffs.
4. Jonathan Stewart has an Elusive Rating of only 19.4 in this year’s playoffs, sixth among running backs. He has forced three misses on 41 touches. His Elusive Rating was much higher in the regular season (54.1, third in the league).
5. Owen Daniels caught three touchdowns from Weeks 1-17 this season. He caught two touchdowns in the AFC Championship Game alone.
6. Peyton Manning’s average depth of target (aDOT) has been 10.2 so far in the playoffs. Cam Newton’s has been 10.3.
7. Jonathan Stewart has gained an average of 2.66 yards after contact so far this postseason. C.J. Anderson is right behind him at 2.65.
8. Greg Olsen gained 9.6 yards per target this season, second among all tight ends who had at least 35 receptions. He trailed only Rob Gronkowski (10.4).
9. Greg Olsen has gained 4.13 yards per route run in the postseason, easily the most among all tight ends. For comparison, Jordan Reed and Rob Gronkowski gained 2.55 and 2.49 yards per route run in this year’s playoffs, respectively.
10. Peyton Manning’s passer rating was a full 25 points higher when throwing off of play action this season (62.8 vs. 87.8). Cam Newton also benefited from play action, but not quite as much (96.6 vs. 105.7).
Enjoy the game!