PFF Week: Back East, Week 14
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.
With four weeks left in the season the NFC East race is heating up. The Eagles and Cowboys are tied atop the division while the Giants are still in the mix and Washington is finished. In the AFC East the Patriots are dominating and looking towards a possible #1 seed if things continue to break their way. Miami is a very relevant team in the wild card race and could surprise a lot of people with a back door playoff birth. Here’s what the teams back East have officially been up to on Pro Football Focus this week:
Week 13 Wrap
In 32 Observations Nathan Jahnke looks at the 2011 draft class. He focuses on 32 of the early round non-quarterbacks who are getting significant playing with the team that drafted him. Marcell Dareus, Mike Pouncey, Prince Amukamara and Ryan Kerrigan are all profiled. Next Man Up lists Kevin Boothe as the player who who has to step up with an injury to Giants’ center Jim Cordle. Pete Damilatis had this to say about Boothe: The Giants’ most versatile lineman, Boothe already started at center once this season back in Week 1. When he stepped in for Cordle this past week, he earned a career-high+4.1 run block grade. Special team Giant Damontre Moore is still on the PFF Special Teamer Honor Roll, listed in last week’s The Third Phase.
Looking Ahead to Week 14
It is a week of sweeps in PFF Pick’em: Week 14 as eight games are unanimously picked. Our analysts all agree that the Bills will lose to the Bucs, Washington will go down to the Chiefs, the Giants won’t beat the Chargers and the Patriots and Jets will win. Stock Report is out and looks at the third quarter of the season’s risers and fallers. All of the East teams have players that are surging toward the end of the season, and players who have fallen off. Check out the NFC and AFC versions of Stock Report. The Power Rankings have the Patriots tied for third, and the Eagles remaining in the top ten. Finally, you can get up to date with the Three to Focus On previews for this week’s games below.
3TFO: Buffalo at Tampa Bay
3TFO: Kansas City at Washington
3TFO: Cleveland at New England
3TFO: Detroit at Philadelphia
3TFO: NY Giants at San Diego
3TFO: Oakland at NY Jets
3TFO: Miami at Pittsburgh
3TFO: Dallas at Chicago (MNF)
Check out Palazzolo’s Pitch where he discusses versatile athletes and their polarizing nature in player evaluation. Also, Mike Renner breaks down our Play Action and Deep Passing Signature Stats, two of our most important quarterback stats.
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