PFF Preview: Colts @ Giants, Week 9
In this week’s edition of Monday Night Football, the New York Football Giants (3-4) host the Indianapolis Colts (5-3). Andrew Luck and the Colts are coming off a high scoring loss in which the defense was torched by a historic performance from Ben Roethlisberger. Meanwhile, Eli Manning and the Giants have had ample time to prepare in coming off of a bye week.
Eli Manning has had great success throwing to tight end Larry Donnell so far. One of Manning’s favorite targets, Donnell has been thrown at six or more times in every game but one this season. Donnell has four touchdowns on 33 receptions for 332 yards and has 1.74 Yards Per Pass Route, good for 14th in the NFL. Donnell has been reliable, dropping zero passes, but he did fumble twice in a loss to Dallas.
Covering Donnell will be the task of free safety Mike Adams. Adams is arguably having the best season of his career. He has a PFF grade of +8.6 (4th in NFL) with a coverage grade of +8.7 (2nd in the NFL). With two interceptions and three passes defensed, Adams has given up only 0.34 Yards Per Coverage Snap.
Two players that came into the season as relative unknowns, but have performed like household names, will now have a chance to showcase their talents on Monday Night Football.
Three things to watch for:
Hakeem Nicks – The former Giant has struggled in his 349 snaps this season. Grading at -7.2 in pass, Nicks is last in the NFL for wide receivers in Yards Per Pass Route at 0.67.
Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener – Drafted with Luck in back to back rounds, Allen has clearly been the better of the two grading almost 16 points better with +7.9 grade vs -7.8 grade for Fleener.
D’Qwell Jackson – The former Brown hasn’t been the force inside the Colts were hoping for. A liability against the run and the pass, Jackson grades at -10.5 on the year, tied for 51st out of 58 inside linebackers.
New York Giants
Odell Beckham Jr. – When Victor Cruz went down for the year, Beckham essentially filled the void. He hasn’t quite been the playmaker the Giants were hoping as he’s caught 10 passes for 106 yards and 3 touchdowns in his 3 games.
William Beatty – Beatty was having a monster year until he got outmatched against Dallas. Even with a -6.1 grade vs Dallas, Beatty still ranks as the 8th best OT in the NFL at +7.5. Beatty has a Pass Blocking Efficiency of 96.0, tied for 17th in the NFL.
Jason Pierre-Paul – Pierre-Paul’s season has been an interesting one. In the past three games, he has graded at +9.1, -4.1, and +7.9. Those are J.J. Watt level stats that are sandwiching a clunker game and Pierre-Paul needs to demonstrate some consistency . His Pass Rushing Productivity is average at 8.3, 22nd in the NFL at 4-3 defensive ends.
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