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32 NFL Observations, Week 11
By Nathan Jahnke •
Nov 22, 2018
Nov 4, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) reacts after a game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
The 32 Observations series continues with Nathan Jahnke, PFF’s Director of Analytics, finding an interesting piece of information about all 32 teams after 11 weeks of football. If you would like to make some observations of your own, you can do so with PFF Elite, where you can find several signature statistics for every offensive and defensive position in football, thanks to Premium Stats 2.0.
Buffalo Bills: Since Chris Ivory joined the league in 2010, he’s forced one or more missed tackles on 15.7% of his carries. That is the second-best rate among backs with 500 or more carries this decade.
New England Patriots: Left guard Joe Thuney has gone 641 pass blocks without allowing a sack, dating back to Week 15 of the 2017 season. That is the longest active streak for left guards.
New York Jets: Safety Jamal Adams has the most run stops for a safety (19) as well as the highest run stop percentage for a safety at 7.09%.
Baltimore Ravens: Over the last two seasons, cornerback Jimmy Smith has played 56 snaps in the red zone. On those, he’s been targeted six times, allowed just one catch and tallied one interception.
Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick has allowed a 42.6% catch rate this season, which is the lowest among cornerbacks. This is in part due to 11 pass breakups, which is tied for the most for cornerbacks.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Hilton has allowed 20 or fewer receiving yards in each of his last six games. That is the longest active streak for cornerbacks this season.
Houston Texans: This past week, J.J. Watt tallied three run stops – bringing him to 247 run stops in his career. If he repeats that performance this week, he will be the 10th defensive lineman in the past 13 years to top 250 run stops. The nine other players on that list all have 2800-plus run defense snaps, while J.J. Watt has just 2132.
Indianapolis Colts: Cornerback Pierre Desir has made 51 straight tackles and assists without missing a tackle. That is the longest active streak for cornerbacks this year.
New York Giants: When Odell Beckham Jr. lines up out wide rather than the slot, he’s forced 15 missed tackles on his catches. That is the most for any wide receiver this year and tied for the fifth-most for any receiver in a regular season this decade. He only needs eight more to tie the most, a record that was set by Odell Beckham Jr. in 2016.
Arizona Cardinals: Over the first five games, Mike Iupati was allowing over three pressures per game. Since then, he has only allowed one pressure in his last three games. His 1.25% pressure allowed rate since Week 6 is the third-lowest for left guards with at least 75 pass blocks.
San Francisco 49ers: Over the last two seasons combined, Richard Sherman is the only cornerback to be targeted on less than 10% of his coverage snaps. He has been thrown at 66 times on 691 coverage snaps since the start of the 2017 season.
Seattle Seahawks: Since Doug Baldwin was drafted in 2011, he has accumulated 1352 receiving yards from deep passes from the slot. He is the only receiver in that span to record over 1000 deep yards from the slot.