PFF Week: Back East, Week 15
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.
In the final three weeks of the season much and more will be decided for all of the East teams. Philadelphia looks to have a stranglehold on the NFC East with a big week 14 win and a dreadful performance by the Cowboys. The Patriots played themselves into a #1 seed with a comeback victory and Denver’s loss on Thursday. Turmoil in Washington has dominated headlines even with the Redskins eliminated from contention and the Jets are a weekly sideshow with a inconsistent rookie quarterback and Rex Ryan at the helm. Miami is making a push for the playoffs while mediocrity still reins in Buffalo, but decisions will have to be made about the future. Here’s what the teams back East have officially been up to on Pro Football Focus this week:
Week 14 Wrap
REFO: Buffalo at Tampa Bay
REFO: Kansas City at Washington
REFO: Cleveland at New England
REFO: Detroit at Philadelphia
REFO: NY Giants at San Diego
REFO: Oakland at NY Jets
REFO: Miami at Pittsburgh
REFO: Dallas at Chicago (MNF)
Week 14’s Reaction Blog highlights the highest and lowest graded players from Sunday’s games. Reaction Blog is also chalked full of information like this from the Bills/Buccaneers game: How badly did the Bills running game struggle? On 16 attempts C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson managed just 7 yards before contact. And this from the Eagles/Lions game: With eight forced missed tackles of his own, LeSean McCoy, at least temporarily, wrested the overall title for “tackles broken/avoided” from Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawk, with his game against San Francisco still to be analyzed, is now two behind McCoy who has 59.
32 Observations looks at 32 players who could potentially be free agents in this upcoming offseason, including the Patriots’ Aqib Talib and the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks. The PFF Week 14 Team of the Week was made by Lesean McCoy, Nick Mangold and Stephon Gilmore. On the other end of the spectrum Bills’ Guard Krag Urbik, the Jets’ Muhammad Wilkerson, Washington’s Barry Cofield, Miami’s Phillip Wheeler and the Cowboys’ Orlando Scandrick made the Had a Bad Day Team.
Looking Ahead to Week 15
The Power Rankings are static at the top, except the Patriots being bumped down a spot to number four. The Eagles moved up to number nine, while the Cowboys tumbled four spots to 16. In PFF Pick’em nobody picked the Chargers’ upset on Thursday, but three of our experts like the Dolphins to upset the Patriots. Everybody likes Philly while nobody likes the Giants or the Redskins. Finally, you can get up to date with the Three to Focus On previews for this week’s games below.
Mike Renner looks at our Signature Stat: Pass Blocking Efficiency among tight ends and running backs and Neil Hornsby’s Third Phase has Top 3 special teamers and then mentions all the others with a few notes about a couple of players who stood out.
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