PFF NFL power rankings for Week 4
In preparation for NFL Week 4, here are the PFF power rankings. Each team-rank includes an interesting statistic worth noting before kickoff on Thursday.
1. Green Bay Packers
Left guard Josh Sitton has not allowed a pressure in each of his last five games; the longest streak of his career.
2. New England Patriots
Tight end Rob Gronkowski is known for his receiving, but his run block grade of +4.8 is the best for all tight ends so far this year.
3. Denver Broncos
While Aqib Talib and Chris Harris have both been having great seasons, Bradley Roby as the nickel cornerback has the lowest yards per coverage snap at 0.21. On 76 coverage snaps he’s only allowed three catches for 10 yards, 5 yards and 1 yard.
4. Cincinnati Bengals
There were only six games last year where Geno Atkins has multiple stops in the same game. In all three games this year he’s had two or more stops.
5. Arizona Cardinals
When Carson Palmer has thrown to Larry Fitzgerald, he’s had an NFL passer rating of 155.8 which is the best for a quarterback receiver duo with at least 15 targets. Fitzgerald is also the receiver with the most receptions (23) with no drops.
6. Seattle Seahawks
The defensive tackle with the highest pass rushing productivity this season is Jordna Hill at 12.2. He has one hit and five hurries on 37 pass rushes.
7. Atlanta Falcons
There were only two games last year where Jake Matthews played the entire game, didn’t allow a sack or hit, and allowed one or fewer hurries. That has been true for all three games so far this year. His pass blocking efficiency of 99.4 leads all offensive tackles.
8. Kansas City Chiefs
Justin Houston is known for his pass rushing, but he also leads all 3-4 outside linebackers in run stop percentage at 14.3 percent. His ten run stops are four more than anyone else at the position.
9. Indianapolis Colts
Inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson leads the position in both total run stops as well as run stop percentage with 14 and 17.7 respectively.
10. Carolina Panthers
Only two cornerbacks have been targeted 20 or more times and have yet to allow a pass for more than 16 yards. Those two are Josh Norman and Bene Benwikere.
11. Dallas Cowboys
The quarterback who has the highest accuracy percentage so far this season is Brandon Weeden at 90.9 percent. He has completed 29 of his 33 passes, with one of those four incompletions being a drop.
12. Pittsburgh Steelers
Defensive end Stephon Tuitt only had seven sacks and hits last year on 288 pass rushes. This year he has already nearly matched it with six sacks and hits, and how done so on just 103 pass rushes.
13. Buffalo Bills
When Ronald Darby has been targeted, opposing quarterbacks have had an NFL passer rating of 31.8; the lowest for a cornerback who has been targeted ten or more times.
14. New York Jets
In 2014 Nick Mangold led all centers in Pass Blocking Efficiency at 99.0. In 2015 he is again leading it for all centers with at least 50 pass blocks at 99.4. He has not allowed a sack or hit this year, and has allowed just one hurry.
15. Philadelphia Eagles
When Kiko Alonso has been targeted, opposing quarterbacks have had an NFL passer rating of 33.3 which is the lowest rate for inside linebackers.
16. New York Giants
Nearly half of kickers are perfect on field goal attempts so far this year, but Josh Brown is the only one to attempt nine kicks this years and make all nine.
17. Minnesota Vikings
The kicker with the highest average length on kickoffs is Blair Walsh at 74.5 yards per kickoff.
18. Oakland Raiders
The receiver that leads the league in yards after the catch is Amari Cooper at 176.
19. Baltimore Ravens
Steve Smith has had eight players miss tackles on him on his receptions which leads the league.
20. San Diego Chargers
Quarterback Philip Rivers has had 17 drop backs on play-action passes. All 17 have led to completed passes, and two went for touchdowns.
21. St. Louis Rams
In 2014 Aaron Donald had four or more stops in only two games. In all three games this year he’s had four or more stops.
22. Miami Dolphins
One of the surprises for the Dolphins this season is how many snaps Rishard Matthews has had this season. He has been playing well with those snaps; as his 2.91 yards per route run is eighth-most for all wide receivers.
23. New Orleans Saints
Quarterback Luke McCown has a perfect accuracy percentage under pressure so far. He’s completed five of six passes, with the sixth pass being an accurate pass dropped by his receiver.
24. Tennessee Titans
Jurrell Casey has a pass rushing productivity of 15.8 which is the best for all 3-4 defensive ends.
25. Houston Texans
Cornerback Johnathan Joseph has allowed a catch rate of 34.6 percent which is the lowest for cornerbacks who have been targeted more than 15 times.
26. Detroit Lions
There are only three 4-3 outside linebackers with at least a +1.0 grade in both coverage and run defense. Those three are Sean Lee, K.J. Wright, and the Lions Josh Bynes.
27. Cleveland Browns
Safety Donte Whitner has nine runs stops which is tied for the most among all safeties. His run-stop percentage of 9.6 is tied for the best among safeties with at least 40 run defense snaps.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars
The receiver with the second-most receiving yards on deep passes is Allen Robinson. He’s caught five passes on 11 targets for 198 yards and five touchdowns.
Rookie receiver Jamison Crowder has been targeted eight times this season. All eight of those targets were caught for 52 yards. He is the receiver with the most targets and a 100 percent catch rate.
30. Chicago Bears
The inside linebacker with the most tackles with no missed tackles is Christian Jones at 19. The inside linebackers with the second most tackles with no missed tackles is Shea McClellin.
31 . San Francisco 49ers
Carlos Hyde has had four or more players miss tackles on his carries in each of his last three games. Frank Gore has only had three of those games over his last 24 games.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Guard Logan Mankins is going on eight straight games allowing one or fewer pressures and a positive pass block grade in each game.