PFF Week: Back East, Week 9
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.
Both of the East divisions races got tighter last week as all of the NFC East except the now surging Giants lost. In the AFC East New England won and stretched their lead over the Jets but they, along with the Bills and Dolphins. After a last second collapse last week the Cowboys will look to strengthen their lead in the division against the failing Vikings, but can they be trusted to do so? Here’s what the teams back East have been up to on Pro Football Focus this week:
Week 8 Wrap
Check out last Sunday’s quick hit analysis, including unique signature stats and game’s highest graded players, on our PFF Reaction Blog. This week’s 32 Observations offers a tidbit of information about how each team as a unit is doing in different phases of the game. This week both the First and Second Rounders were in focus with prominent East rookies like Dion Jordan and Dee Milliner profiled, along with Second Rounders Zach Ertz, Kiko Alonso, and more. Giants safety Will Hill was named a Secret Superstar this week, starting since Week 5 after beingg suspended the first four weeks. Hill also made the Week 8 Team of the Week, Philadelphia guard was the only other Easter to make it. Had a Bad day, however, featured many East players including Matt Barkley. Finally in the Race for the Rookie of the Year, Jets DE Sheldon Richardson (+13.9) remained atop the list
Looking ahead to Week 9
In PFF Pick’em our analysts all like the Patriots and Cowboys, while the Jets and Bills get very little love against the Saints and Chiefs . In the Power Rankings, the Patriots still remain in the top ten with the Cowboys falling out due to an ugly collapse in Detroit. Miami will probably get a boost next week after a huge upset on Thursday. You can look at their Week 9 win Refocused here and get up to date with the Three to Focus On previews for this week’s games below.
3TFO: Cincinnati at Miami (TNF)
3TFO: Kansas City at Buffalo
3TFO: Minnesota at Dallas
3TFO: New Orleans at NY Jets
3TFO: Philadelphia at Oakland
3TFO: Pittsburgh at New England
3TFO: San Diego at Washington
Rick Drummond looks at Dual Threats at quarterback and their impact on the game and Neil Hornsby breaks down all of the special team studs from last week in The Third Phase. Khaled Elsayad also went in depth on Drop Rate this week in a profile of one of our best Signature Stats.
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