NFL power rankings entering Week 12
In preparation for NFL Week 12, here are the updated PFF power rankings. This week, the rankings are presented alongside an interesting receiving statistic for each team.
1. New England Patriots
Tight end Scott Chandler has run three pass routes while on the 1-yard line. He has been targeted twice, and caught both for touchdowns. He is one of just two players with two receiving touchdowns from the 1-yard line. Rob Gronkowski is one of six players with two touchdowns from the 1- or 2-yard line.
2. Carolina Panthers
Tight end Greg Olsen has 5.00 yards per route run on go routes, which is the most in the league, regardless of position, for receivers with at least 15 go routes. On those routes, Olsen has nine catches for 225 yards.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
Wide receiver A.J. Green has 188 yards on hitches, which is the most in the league. He’s caught all 22 hitches thrown his way, also giving him the best catch rate on hitches.
4. Arizona Cardinals
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has 9.18 yards per route run on screen routes, which is the most in the league. He has 14 catches on 17 screen routes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
5. Denver Broncos
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has 3.62 yards per route run on in-routes, which is the most for receivers with more than 15 in-routes. He has 19 targets on 50 in-routes which has led to 15 catches for 181 yards.
6. Atlanta Falcons
No receiver has been targeted more within 10 yards of the end zone than Julio Jones, at 10. He’s been targeted on half of his routes and has caught six of those passes for four touchdowns.
7. Green Bay Packers
Two players are tied for the lead for most touchdowns when the offense is within 5 yards from scoring. Those two are Randall Cobb and Richard Rodgers, with four touchdowns each.
8. Minnesota Vikings
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs has 2.47 yards per route run, which is the best in the league for all rookies, and ranks eighth among all wide receivers.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers
When Martavis Bryant lines up outside of the right numbers, he has 339 yards on 13 catches and three touchdowns. He’s done this on 52 routes, giving him 6.52 yards per route run—the best for any receiver with at least 15 routes run outside the right numbers. The second-best in the league outside of the right numbers is Antonio Brown, who has 5.15 yards per route run, thanks to 489 yards on 23 catches.
10. Philadelphia Eagles
No receiver has run more crossing routes than the Eagles’ Jordan Matthews, at 61. He has been targeted on just over a third of them, and has 17 catches for 155 yards.
11. Oakland Raiders
FB Marcel Reece has run just 15 hitch routes, but he’s been targeted on five of them and has caught three for 77 yards. That has given him a 5.13 yards per route run on hitches, the best for receivers with at least 10 hitch routes.
12. Buffalo Bills
Buffalo has four wide receivers, two tight ends, and two running backs with at least 50 routes, and they all have a yards per route run above 1.0. They are the only team in the league that can say this.
13. Houston Texans
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has 358 yards in the fourth quarter, which is the most for all receivers. He’s done that on 23 catches, and has tied the league lead with four fourth-quarter receiving touchdowns.
14. Kansas City Chiefs
When Jeremy Maclin is pressed by a cornerback, he has 4.70 yards per route run, the best in the league for those with at least 15 targets when pressed. He has 15 targets on 50 routes, which has led to 10 catches for 235 yards.
15. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawk with the most yards per route run is backup tight end Luke Willson, at 2.03. He has 11 catches on 69 routes for 140 yards.
16. Indianapolis Colts
When T.Y. Hilton is not facing press coverage, he has 2.12 yards per route run. When he has faced press coverage, he only has 0.48 yards per route run.
17. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens have yet to come close to replacing Steve Smith and his 2.90 yards per route run, which ranks third-most in the league for those with at least 200 routes run. Their current receivers are Jeremy Butler (1.65), Chris Givens (1.52), Kamar Aiken (1.31) and Marlon Brown (0.47), which are all below league average in this regard.
18. New Orleans Saints
When Willie Snead lines up outside of the left numbers, he has 4.00 yards per route run, the most for those with at least 30 routes outside of those numbers. He has caught all 10 passes thrown his way for 184 yards on 46 routes.
19. New York Giants
When the Giants have been within four yards of scoring, they’ve only had Shane Vereen run five routes. Shane Vereen has been targeted on three of those, and has caught all three for touchdowns.
20. Chicago Bears
When Alshon Jeffery does not face press coverage, he has 3.42 yards per route run which is the best in the league for those with at least 60 pass routes without press. When he is facing press coverage, that number is drops to 1.75 yards per route run. That 1.67 yard per route run difference is the largest for those who have faced press coverage at least 25 times.
21. Dallas Cowboys
Tight end Jason Witten’s yards per route run has been on a steady decline in each year we have data for him. In 2007, his yards per route run was 2.38. In each year following it’s been 2.03, 1.98, 1.92, 1.68, 1.65, 1.58, 1.53, and this year, it’s at 1.46.
22. St. Louis Rams
The Rams’ leader in receiving yards is Kenny Britt at 341 yards. They are the only team in the league without a player with at least 400 receiving yards.
23. New York Jets
No receiver has been pressed more than Brandon Marshall, who has been pressed on 111 of his routes. On those routes he has 20 catches on 33 targets for 320 yards and three touchdowns.
24. Miami Dolphins
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been targeted on 21 screen routes, which is five more than any other receiver. He has 18 catches for 112 yards.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vincent Jackson has only run 11 corner routes, but he has been targeted on nearly half of them. He has five targets on corner routes which has led to four catches for 73 yards. He has 6.64 yards per route run on corner routes.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide receiver Allen Robinson has 420 yards on go routes, the most in the league. He’s also been targeted 31 times on such plays, which is also the most in the league.
27. Tennessee Titans
Wide receiver Kendall Wright has 7.06 yards per route run on slants, the best for receivers with at least eight slant routes. He has been targeted seven times on 17 targets for six catches, 120 yards, and two touchdowns.
Tight end Jordan Reed was in the top five for yards per route run in his first two years in the league, and is on pace to make that each of his first three. In 2013 he was third-best at 2.19, in 2014 fourth-best at 1.89, and he is currently fourth-best at 2.00.
29. Cleveland Browns
Tight end Gary Barnidge has run 102 out-routes, which is the most in the league. On those routes, he has 19 catches on 23 targets for 205 yards.
30. Detroit Lions
Halfback Theo Riddick has 180 yards on pivot routes, which is the most in the league. He’s caught 15 of the 17 thrown his way, and has made 10 players miss tackles on those catches, the most in the league.
31. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are the only team where their leader in yards per route run is a fullback. Bruce Miller has 2.02 yards per route run, thanks to 119 yards on 59 targets and six catches.
32. San Diego Chargers
Dontrelle Inman has run 55 in-routes, which is the second-most in the league. He’s only been targeted on nine of them, and has caught just five for 72 yards.