5 PFF stats you need to know from NFL Week 10
Miss a moment of NFL Week 10 action? Here are the five key stats you need to know coming out of Sunday’s slate of games.
[Editor’s note: See the highest-graded players from every NFL Week 10 game here.]
1. When targeting WR Dez Bryant, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott recorded a 146.8 passer rating, the league’s highest mark when targeting a single receiver this week.
While Ezekiel Elliott grabbed much of the press following the Cowboys’ eighth straight win, the connection between rookie QB Dak Prescott and veteran WR Dez Bryant was critical on Sunday. Bryant earned his highest game grade of the season thus far—in fact, he earned the top mark on the Cowboys’ roster in Week 10.
2. In the Titans’ 47-25 win over the Packers, Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota earned a passer rating of 146.8 versus pressure.
That’s the second-best mark in the NFL so far this week. Mariota had an excellent overall day, throwing accurately on 83.3 percent of his attempts (fourth-best adjusted completion percentage in the league), finishing with 295 passing yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. The QB earned his highest PFF game grade of the season, and the Titans, at 5-5, are still a factor in the AFC South race.
3. At 5.3 yards downfield, Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford had the lowest average depth of target in the NFL this week.
This is the second week in a row Bradford has had an average target depth of less than 6 yards, as the Vikings dropped their fourth consecutive game by falling to the Redskins 26-20. They have one of the best defenses in the league, but offensive line play continues to be a major issue, as they rank 30th in the NFL in pass-blocking grades and 23rd in run-blocking grades.
4. Cam Newton earned a passer rating of just 4.2 versus pressure in Carolina’s 20-17 loss to Kansas City.
That’s the lowest in the league, and is representative of Newton’s struggles versus pressure all season; his passer rating drops by nearly 40.0 points when the opposing pass-rush disrupts him. The Panthers dropped to 3-6 with the loss, while the Chiefs move to 7-2 behind the strength of their secondary, particularly safety Eric Berry and cornerback Marcus Peters.
5. Seattle rookie running back C.J. Prosise forced five missed tackles on rushing attempts against the Patriots.
That mark tied Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi for second-most in Week 10. The former Notre Dame running back also earned the highest receiving grade among all NFL RBs this week. Prosise took a majority of Seattle’s RB snaps (54), by far his biggest share this season; he made the most of the opportunity, with 87 receiving yards and 66 rushing yards.