PFF NFL power rankings for Week 3
In preparation for NFL Week 3, here are the PFF power rankings. Each team-rank includes an interesting statistic worth noting before kickoff on Thursday.
1. Green Bay Packers
Of all DT/NTs with at least 30 pass-rushing snaps, B.J. Raji has the best pass-rushing productivity (12.8). He has seven pressures in the last two games, which is more than his previous 10 games combined.
2. New England Patriots
The league-leader in elusive rating is Pats’ RB Dion Lewis at 170.5. 16 players have missed tackles on him this season, and he averages 3.41 yards after contact per carry.
3. Denver Broncos
The Broncos have 13 defensive players with 60 or more snaps this season. All 60 of them have an above average grade through two games.
4. Cincinnati Bengals
Cornerback Leon Hall has a yards per coverage snap of 0.33 when in the slot, which is the best for all cornerbacks with at least 30 snaps in the slot.
5. New York Jets
The 3-4 defensive end with both the most pressures, as well as the highest pass-rushing productivity, is Muhammad Wilkerson, with 13 pressures and a 14.7 pass-rushing productivity.
6. Seattle Seahawks
Two of the top three 4-3 defensive ends in pass-rushing productivity belong to the Seahawks. Cliff Avril is at the top of the league at 19.8, while Michael Bennett isn’t far behind at 15.1.
7. Kansas City Chiefs
After a seven-stop performance against the Broncos, Jaye Howard leads all defensive tackles in run-stop percentage at 33.3. That means that one in every three times there is a run play and Howard is on the field, Howard is the one to make the tackle, and the play was successful for the defense.
8. Atlanta Falcons
Wide receiver Julio Jones has had 59 straight catches without a drop, dating back to Week 12 of 2014.
9. Indianapolis Colts
The 3-4 defensive end with both the most run-stops, as well as the highest run-stop percentage, is rookie Henry Anderson at 10 stops and a 20.0 run-stop percentage.
10. Arizona Cardinals
Even though Carson Palmer has been under pressure on 34.5 percent of his dropbacks, he is one of just two quarterbacks not to be sacked this season. His sack rate of 10.3 percent was third-best in 2014.
11. Dallas Cowboys
Sean Lee is making an early case for Comeback Player of the Year. His run-stop percentage of 20.5 is the best among all linebackers.
12. Miami Dolphins
Jordan Cameron has a yards per route run of 4.12 when lined up in the slot; this is the best for tight ends.
13. Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger already has 406 yards on deep passes on 10 completions. No other quarterback has more than 200.
14. San Diego Chargers
The most accurate quarterback in the league has been Philip Rivers, with an accuracy percentage of 89.6; that’s over five percent more than the second-most accurate quarterback. He’s also a perfect 17-for-17 on his play-action passes.
15. Philadelphia Eagles
The safety with the most stops so far this season is Malcolm Jenkins with seven. This is in large part thanks to his five-stop performance against Dallas (his first five-stop performance of his career).
16. Baltimore Ravens
When a quarterback has thrown at the receiver that safety Will Hill is covering, they’ve had an NFL passer rating of 11.5—the second-lowest for safeties who have been thrown at four times or more.
17. Buffalo Bills
After missing all of last year, Richie Incognito is one of three guards not to allow a pressure this season.
18. New York Giants
Even though the Giants have been without Jason Pierre-Paul, they still have two top defensive ends in run-stop percentage. Kerry Wynn has the highest run-stop percentage for 4-3 defensive ends at 26.1, while Robert Ayers is fourth at 11.1.
19. St. Louis Rams
Cornerback Trumaine Johnson has only been targeted four times this season. He has an interception, a pass defense, a 3-yard catch allowed, and an 8-yard catch allowed. That adds up to an NFL passer rating allowed of 16.7, second best in the league for cornerbacks.
20. Carolina Panthers
The four offensive linemen for the Panthers not named Michael Oher have allowed zero sacks, zero hits, and just seven hurries.
21. New Orleans Saints
The man with the second-best elusive rating is Khiry Robinson at 152.2. Eight defensive players have missed tackles on him on 19 touches.
22. Minnesota Vikings
Only five 4-3 defensive ends have 10 or more pressures this season. Two of them play for the Vikings: Brian Robison and Everson Griffen, who had 10 each.
23. Detroit Lions
4-3 defensive end Ezekiel Ansah has seven stops this season, the best for 4-3 defensive ends.
24. Cleveland Browns
Last year, Joe Thomas had by far the best run-block grade for offensive tackles between Week 6 and Week 12 (+15.3), followed by a below-average run-block grade in four of his last five games. He’s followed that up with two straight above-average games, giving him the second-best run-block rating among left tackles.
25. Tennessee Titans
Wide receiver Kendall Wright has 2.55 yards per route run from the slot, the most for all receivers who spend at least 30 percent of their snaps in the slot.
26. San Francisco 49ers
When Colin Kaepernick has thrown to Torrey Smith, he’s had a perfect NFL passer rating of 158.3. They are the quarterback/wide receiver duo with the most targets to maintain a perfect rating.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars have four players on defense with a PFF Rating above +1.5. Three of them are free agent additions safety Sergio Brown, defensive linemen Jared Odrick, and linebacker Dan Skuta.
28. Houston Texans
Rookie Kevin Johnson has a yards per coverage snap of 0.04, the best for all cornerbacks. In 52 coverage snaps, he has only allowed one catch, and it was for 2 yards.
29. Oakland Raiders
Second-year guard Gabe Jackson had the best game of his career on Sunday with a +6.1 overall grade. His run-block grade of +4.0 is the second-best for all guards in the league.
Offensive tackle Trent Williams is one of two left tackles to not allow a pressure this season.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In a part-time role, Chris Conte has had a strong start to the season. His yards per coverage snap is -0.19, which leads the league, and he has an interception. On 31 coverage snaps, he’s allowed two catches for -6 yards.
32. Chicago Bears
Even though he’s not a full-time starter, Pernell McPhee has remained a consistent pass rusher. His pass-rushing productivity of 21.7 is third best among 3-4 outside linebackers.