PFF Preview: Cowboys @ Titans, Week 2
The Titans’ defense excelled in almost every category in Week 1. They lead the league with a +7.4 in pass coverage, ranked second in pass rush with a +7.6, and ranked third in run defense with a +8.4. It seems their only flaw on the defensive side of the ball was in the penalty category where they finished lowest in the league with a -3.7.
The Cowboys finished on the opposite end of the spectrum in pass coverage by finishing with a -11.4 grade, which ranked them last in the league. The pass rush was one the few bright spots for the Cowboys’ defense as they were able to earn a +3.8 in the category. Leading the way for the Dallas defense was defensive end Jeremy Mincey who posted a +2.7 in pass rush and +3.0 overall.
Here are three more notable numbers from each side going into Week 2:
Jurrell Casey – The Titans’ defensive end was stout in run defense finishing with a +4.7, but was also productive in rushing the passer by registering four hurries and three hits on the quarterback.
Jason McCourty – McCourty was the third-best cornerback in the league in pass coverage in Week 1, earning a +3.1 in the category — a better mark than any of his single-game grades from 2013.
Derrick Morgan – After an outstanding opener, Morgan stands with the best overall grade, best pass rush grade, and best pass coverage grade of all 3-4 outside linebackers.
Zack Martin – In his NFL debut, the Cowboys’ rookie guard posted a +1.4 grade in pass blocking and allowed only one of the team’s 12 total pressures (a hurry).
Rolando McClain – The newly acquired linebacker posted a +2.5 in rush defense, which ranked him as the second-best inside linebacker in the category. He also finished the week as a league leader in stops with six.
Doug Free – The five starting offensive linemen played all 73 offensive snaps, and Free led the group with a +1.3 in run blocking and a +2.4 overall.
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