PFF Week: Back East, Week 13
It’s your last chance to get caught up on the happenings at PFF before the next slate of games is upon us, and our new ‘PFF Week’ posts provide quick access to the week that was. The ‘Back East’ edition covers all things pertaining to the AFC and NFC East divisions for a one-stop Saturday shop built to keep you in the loop and on top of your football-watching game.
After last week’s lighter schedule for the East teams all eight are in action this week. Dallas took over the NFC East lead with a win on Thursday forcing Philly to keep pace by beating a tough Arizona team on Sunday. Washington is all but finished while the Giants hold on to a slim hope. But increasingly this looks like a two horse race. New England cemented itself as a contender with a win over Denver last week, while the Bills travel north of the border to play Atlanta in Toronto this week. The only excitement left seemingly left on their schedule. Here’s what the teams back East have officially been up to on Pro Football Focus this week:
Week 12 Wrap
Week 12’s 32 Observations creates a unique All-Pro team. Jairus Byrd, Devin McCourty, Alfred Morris and kicker Dan Bailey are all highlighted. In this week’s breakdown of one of our Signature Stats, Rick Drummond looks at Pass Rushing Productivity and its importance in determining effectiveness. The Philadelphia and Buffalo defensive lines are both above average along with New England and Washington’s linebacking corps. Tom Brady made Week 12’s Team of the Week along with guard LoganMankins, linebacker Brandon Spikes and Jets’ DT Damon Harrison. Conversely, New England had two defensive linemen (Chris Jones, Joe Vellano) on the Had a Bad Day team.
Looking Ahead to Week 13
PFF Pick’em is already one-for-one, unanimously selecting Dallas to beat Oakland on Thanksgiving. Our analysts are split on the two inter-division games between Miami and the Jets, and between the Giants and Redskins. In our Power Rankings, New England keeps climbing higher, as do the Eagles, while our analysts believe the Redskins and Bills are all but done for the year. You can take an early look at the Cowboys Thanksgiving day game ReFocused, and finally, you can get up to date with the Three to Focus On previews for this week’s games below.
In The Third Phase Neil Hornsby New England’s special team veteran Matt Slater makes the list for his stellar kick off coverage. Keep up to date on the Race for Rookie of the Year, which looks like Sheldon Richardson is running away with.
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