PFF Week: Down South, Week 12
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 ‘Down South’ edition covers all things pertaining to the AFC and NFC South divisions for a one-stop Saturday shop built to keep you in the loop and on top of your football-watching game.
Week 11 Wrap
Week 11 started early for the AFC South, with the Titans and Colts facing off on Thursday Night Football. On Sunday the Jaguars lost to the Cardinals and the Texans couldn’t overcome the Raiders. Over in the NFC South, the Buccaneers beat division rivals in the Falcons, leapfrogging them in the standings at the same time, while the Saints managed to comeback to win against the 49ers and the Panthers beat the Patriots on national TV, sealing the win with an interception.
Of course we don’t just look back at each game, we look back at every game which allows Khaled Elsayed to present the PFF Team of the Week and the “Had a Bad Day” team. With the two South divisions going a combined 4-4, even if two losses were in division games, they managed to have 13 players mentioned in the good and 10 mentions in the bad. Which team do the players from your favourite team fall?
Gordon McGuinness took a look back through Week 11, but rather than the best and worst performers, he was looking at the players who took less of the limelight, picking out his four Secret Superstars. This week’s offering includes a runner from the NFC South as well as a cornerback from a struggling AFC South team.
Looking to Week 12
As with last week, a divisional match up from the South kicked off the week. This time however it was the turn of the NFC South with the Saints travelling to Atlanta to take on the Falcons. With two days until the rest of the Week 12 slate, our team jumped right in, with Ben Stockwell looking at the performances of note for each team in the ReFocused article. Not to be outdone, Sam Monson provided a look at Drew Brees and how he used a pump fake to convert a third down in his Analysis Notebook: TNF Edition.
Of course there are still Sunday’s games to look forward to and we have the areas of each contest that could decide the outcome.
Not sure who will win each game, why not check our Power Rankings to see how good our guys think each team is, or if you want to know our team’s thoughts on each game, take a look at the PFF Pick’em and see which way each guy is leaning in the Week 12 games. They all correctly called the Saints to win on Thursday but how well will they do on Sunday and Monday night?
Khaled Elsayed takes a look at how each team’s offensive line performed in the second quarter of the season, ranking their performances and picking out the studs and duds of each.
Neil Hornsby takes a look around the league and ranks a group of players with less limelight than the offensive lines, ranking each teams special teams units in this week’s Third Phase. He takes a slightly longer look back, ranking them based on performance since Week 1, but where did your best team end up?
Nathan Jahnke picked out some interesting running back statistics for this week’s 32 Observations. He picks out some interesting facts looking at the struggles of a heavier work-load, some short yardage struggles, the difference between facing a nickel or a dime defense and the difference in running between the guards to running outside of them.
Khaled Elsayed took a look at the rookies around the league and updated the Race for Rookie of the Year, can any of the other South rookies make a run at Star Lotulelei or can he rise back to the leading position he held in the early season?
Michael Renner has been looking through our Signature Statistics database to pick out some interesting facts. He took a look at the Tackling Efficiency of linebackers from around the league, picking out the best and the worst.