PFF Week: Out West, Week 14
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 ‘Out West’ edition covers all things pertaining to the AFC and NFC West divisions for a one-stop Saturday shop built to keep you in the loop and on top of your football-watching game.
One of the best parts of being out West is that you literally wake up, eat breakfast and catch some NFL action and then have some time to enjoy the rest of the day. Our West Coast PFF agents get extra time to break down their game film and process the information into the vast database on hand. Fans of the AFC and NFC West divisions have generally enjoyed a high level of football for 2013 with the AFC West being 21-13 vs. non-division foes. The NFC West is just a little bit ahead of that mark at 24-10 so far this season and there is still more football ahead to see who comes out with the best record.
Week 13 Wrap
The featured matchup of the week was Denver taking on a depleted but still formidable Kansas City team on the road. The Chargers hosted the Bengals who were coming off their bye week and came up short at the end. Oakland was dealing with their third game in 11 days but they were tougher than many expected against Dallas despite fielding an undrafted rookie quarterback. In the NFC West, the 49ers kept to the basics against the Rams with a stifling defense and their offense getting spark with the return of a key wide receiver. The Cardinals took a trip out to Philadelphia to see if the Eagles were really as good as many said. The Seahawks made a statement against the Saints at home in more ways than one on Monday Night Football setting up a key game for this week. More in depth information on these games are included with the ReFocused articles which are right here for your convenience.
Khaled Elsayed brings an updated edition of the PFF Team of the Week with Week 13 in the books along with the PFF ‘Had a Bad Day’ Team so you can see just where the coaching staff needs to focus on. Youth is king in the NFL and the PFF Race for Rookie of the Year takes a look at those who seek to rule. With November having now all wrapped up Ben Stockwell hands out his awards for Team of the Month which analyze the third quarter of play only in the league. Ben also measures those peaking and falling from earlier in the season with the AFC Stock Report and the NFC Stock Report as well. This all leads to the PFF Power Rankings where you can see just where your favorite team stacks up in relation to the rest of the league.
Looking Ahead to Week 14
Due to an interesting schedule quirk each team in the AFC West faces a non-division team while the NFC West squares off in divisional matchups. Will there be any letdown from the Seahawks as they hit the road to take on the 49ers? Will Carson Palmer (elbow) be healthy enough for the battle against the Rams who are down their starting center? Temperatures will add an extra dimension to the game as the Broncos host the Titans. The Chiefs look to get back in the win column with a trip out to Washington. The Chargers get to stay home however and host the Giants who are having issues of their own this season. Finally, the Raiders head out to the East Coast as well to try and put a bit more salt in the wound of the Jets with their growing pains at quarterback. A more detailed review of this week’s slate of games is featured with the 3TFO articles below.
The Signature Stats piece for this week by Michael Renner covers which quarterbacks excel at using play action and deep passing so far in 2013. Injuries are simply a part of the business in the NFL and they often give other players on the roster a chance to step up their game as they fill in. Peter Damilatis reviews some key injuries for you to keep in mind with the Injury Report: Next Man Up, Week 14 article.
This week marks the triumphant return of Palazolo’s Pitch which highlights Tyrann Mathieu as well as some normally successful plays that have gone bad. Neil Hornsby continues his look at special teams across the league in his The Third Phase series and Nathan Jahnke continues his 32 Observations piece which focuses on a player from the 2011 draft from each team. The latest Secret Superstars article by Gordon McGuinness features a rare pairing of players from the same team as well as wide receiver from a team one wouldn’t think would be featured in the series and a solid effort by a rookie on a high profile team. Lastly, don’t forget to check out the PFF Selections for Week 14 as the PFF Analysts head into the stretch run for their own