PFF Week: Down South, 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 ‘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 14 Wrap
Week 14 turned out to be a good weekend for the Indianapolis Colts as they secured the AFC South division title, despite a loss to another division leader. Meanwhile in the NFC South, the New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers to take a one game lead in the race for the division crown. Our team have provided you a look back at all of those games and the others involving the teams of the NFL’s South divisions below.
Of course with the Jaguars hosting the Texans on Thursday Night, Sam Monson took a look back at Ace Sanders’ touchdown throw in his Analysis Notebook.
To put our analysis into context needs more than just these games though, which is why Khaled Elsayed put together the PFF Team of the Week as well as the ‘Had a Bad Day’ Team. Hopefully your favourite team had more players performing well than poorly, but were they among the best and worst of Week 14?
Here at PFF we delight in highlighting those players who we feel don’t get the credit they deserve in the larger media, which is why Neil Hornsby has put together a run down of the best performing special teams players in Week 14 in his usual look at The Third Phase. In that same vein Gordon McGuinness picks out his four Secret Superstars each week and as usual has picked out four players flying under the radar in Week 14. Both articles this week contain members of the South divisions so why not see if it’s someone you cheer for on a Sunday?
Looking to Week 15
Our team don’t just look back at games gone by, we also provide a look forward at the upcoming games using a combination of our unique statistics and grades. We look at three of the more pivotal areas of each matchup and break down how they could be won and lost.
Week 15 began with a shock result on Thursday night, with all of our analysts incorrectly thinking the Broncos would overcome the Chargers. Take a look at the rest of their picks, and with five of the seven matches involving South teams being picked unanimously, is the 0-1 across the board a good sign or bad?
Of course one matchup can’t tell you what our analysts really think about a team, but their Power Rankings can. Our eight analysts each submitted their own rankings, which we have collated to create the PFF Power Rankings.
Nathan Jahnke’s interesting statistics from around the league this week focuses on 32 Observations regarding free agents to be.
Khaled Elsayed updates the Race for Rookie of the Year with three South rookies making it into the top ten, with another just outside.
The Palazzolo Pitch returns this week, taking a look at a rookie, who unfortunately won’t play any more this season, among other points of interest.
Michael Renner has been busy looking through our Signature Statistics (which you can access for just $26.99) and delved into how quarterbacks fared throwing on play-action passes and when they decided to air it out down the field. Not content with just that, he also took a look at Pass Blocking Efficiency among tight ends and running backs.