PFF Week: Back East, Week 16
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 NFC East Dallas is now clawing to get back into the lead with Philly holding a one game advantage. Their week 17 showdown looms large and Dallas likely needs to win out to capture the division. In the AFC East the Dolphins all of a sudden look like a playoff team and will play a significant game in Buffalo this Sunday. The Patriots still have a stranglehold on the division but may struggle offensively in the absence of Rob Gronkowski. It’s coming down to the wire. Here’s what the teams back East have officially been up to on Pro Football Focus this week:
Week 15 Wrap
Week 15’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 Jets/Panthers game:
“It’s not necessarily the dominance of his play that makes Sheldon Richardson a key candidate for defensive rookie of the year, it’s more his fantastic consistency. We’ve never graded him less than a -0.2 in any single game and he’s received a “green” rating in 12 of 14 games. And this from the Giants/Seahawks game: Of Eli Manning’s five interceptions, four came when throwing to Hakeem Nicks. That’s now seven for the year but is still behind Rueben Randle as eight have come throwing at him.”
32 Observations highlighted several deserving players who should make their first Pro Bowl this year. Among them were Patriots’ linebacker Rob Ninkovich, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Redskins tight end Jordan Reed. The PFF Team of the Week was loaded with East players, including Tom Brady, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and DeSean Jackson. Philly’s linebacker Mychal Kendricks and Miami safety Chris Clemons also made the squad on defense. The Eagles’ secondary did not have a good day against Chicago and so cornerback Bradley Fletcher (-4.3) and Safety Nate Allen (-2.6) were relegated to the Had a Bad Day team. Mychal Kendricks and Jerry Hughes were also featured as Secret Superstars last week.
Looking Ahead to Week 16
In the Power Rankings the Patriots dropped a spot to fifth, the Eagles and Dolphins crept closer to the Top 10 and the Cowboys and Giants both dropped two spots. In PFF Pick’em our analysts mostly believe in Miami and Philadelphia, totally believe in Dallas and are split on the Patriots beating Baltimore. Damontre Moore is the only Easter to get any love in the Third Phase Pro Bowl Edition. Finally, you can get up to date with the Three to Focus On previews for this week’s games below.
Matt Claassen’s in depth two part series on running Between the Tackles is an extensive break down of players who excell running down hill and those who can break it outside and succeed on the edges. Part One looks at the best and worst runners from around the league in each category, while Part Two focuses on the best and worst marks in yards gained after contact in each category.
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