32 Observations, Week 2
Another week, another 32 Observations by Nathan Jahnke finding an interesting piece of information about all 32 teams after two 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.
New York Jets: Quarterback Josh McCown has an adjusted completion percentage of 100 percent on play action passes. He’s completed seven of nine play action passes, with the two incompletions being dropped passes.
Cincinnati Bengals: Through two games, Carl Lawson has a pass-rushing productivity of 21.0, which is the best for any rookie edge-rusher through two games with at least 20 pass-rushes in the past 12 seasons.
Cleveland Browns: Left tackle Joe Thomas has a pass blocking efficiency of 98.4. That is the best for left tackles who have played every snap this season, and the second-best rate for him to start a season.
Houston Texans: Quarterback DeShaun Watson has 77 yards after contact, and has had four defenders miss tackles on his carries; both the most for any rookie quarterback through two weeks in the PFF era. The only quarterback who matched either number through three weeks was Robert Griffin III.
Indianapolis Colts: Defensive end Margus Hunt has gotten pressure on 20.6 percent of his pass-rushes. The only interior defenders getting pressure more often are Gerald McCoy, Geno Atkins and DeForest Buckner.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Wide receiver Allen Hurns has 2.38 yards per route run when lined up in the slot. Only one receiver has both more routes and a higher yards per route run in the slot so far this season.
Tennessee Titans: After allowing three sacks in his last two games of the 2016 season, Josh Kline is one of just three guards with 73 or more pass blocks, and a perfect 100 pass blocking efficiency so far this season.
Kansas City Chiefs: Halfback Kareem Hunt has had 10 defenders miss tackles on his carries, which is tied for the most among backs this year. The only other rookies to have double-digit tackles avoided after two weeks in the PFF era are Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch and Alfred Morris.
Oakland Raiders: Halfback Marshawn Lynch has only been tackled on first contact on half of his carries. That is the best rate for backs in 2017, and tied for the best for backs after two weeks in the last five seasons.
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles are one of just three teams with eight or more sacks and eight or more hits on the season. They are led by Brandon Graham with three sacks and five hurries on the season.
Minnesota Vikings: Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has 89 yards on deep passes, the most for any receiver in the NFL this year. By this time last year, there was already six receivers with more deep receiving yards including Diggs at 102.
New Orleans Saints: Over the last two seasons, cornerback Sterling Moore has been thrown at nine times on deep passes. He’s allowed just two completions, and has a playmaker index of 44.4 percent on those passes. That playmaker index on deep passes is the best for cornerbacks over the last two seasons.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has gotten pressure one in every three of his pass-rushes. That is the best rate for any interior defender with at least 20 rushes at this point of the season.
San Francisco 49ers: After allowing 35 pressures over the first 11 games of last season, right tackle Trent Brown has shown great improvement as a pass protector. Over the last five games of last season, he only allowed four pressures, and in the first two games of this season he has yet to allow a pressure.