NFL power rankings entering Week 15
In preparation for NFL Week 14, here are the updated PFF power rankings. This week, the rankings are presented with someone who is expected to be an unrestricted free agent this upcoming off-season, and a piece of information on how they are playing this year.
1. Carolina Panthers
Cornerback Josh Norman has a yards per coverage snap of 0.58, the best among NFL cornerbacks. When he’s thrown at, quarterbacks have an NFL passer rating of 43.1, which is also the best among cornerbacks.
2. New England Patriots
Halfback LeGarrette Blount has forced an average of 0.21 missed tackles per carry, the second-most for backs with at least 120 carries.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
Cornerback Adam Jones has yet to allow a pass for more than 24 yards. Every other cornerback who has allowed at least 30 catches has allowed a pass for more than 24 yards.
4. Arizona Cardinals
Safety Rashad Johnson has five interceptions this year, which is tied for third-most among safeties.
5. Green Bay Packers
When James Jones is targeted, Aaron Rodgers has an NFL passer rating of 116.5, which is 11th best among all wide receivers.
6. Denver Broncos
Outside linebacker Von Miller is one of just two edge rushers to have a pass rushing productivity above 15 from both the left and right side. He has 15.2 on the left, and 15.6 on the right.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
Left tackle Kelvin Beachum has a pass blocking efficiency of 97.0 this year, which is fifth-best among left tackles. He was fourth-best last year, at 97.5.
8. Seattle Seahawks
Punter Jon Ryan has had 18 of his punts this season end as fair catches, tied for third-most in the league.
9. Oakland Raiders
Left tackle Donald Penn has a PFF pass block rating of 89.0, seventh-best among all tackles.
10. Kansas City Chiefs
Linebacker Derrick Johnson has five passes defended, which is the second-most for all linebackers.
11. Minnesota Vikings
When quarterbacks target cornerback Terence Newman, they have an NFL passer rating of 68.2, 13th-lowest among cornerbacks.
12. Atlanta Falcons
Defensive tackle Adrian Clayborn has 28 pressures on the year, which is ninth-most for all defensive tackles.
13. Philadelphia Eagles
Vinny Curry has a pass rushing productivity of 10.5, which is fourth-best among 3-4 defensive ends with at least 200 pass rushes. He has five sacks, eight hits, and 23 hurries on 268 pass rushes.
14. New York Jets
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has 70 total pressures, which is tied for the most among all players, regardless of position.
15. Houston Texans
Brandon Brooks has a PFF pass block rating of 85.8, eighth-best among all guards.
16. Buffalo Bills
Left guard Richie Incognito has a run block grade of 91.4, tied for third-best among all guards.
17. Baltimore Ravens
Left guard Kelechi Osemele has allowed one sack, two hits, and 10 hurries this year. That has led to a pass blocking efficiency of 97.6, which is ninth-best among all guards.
18. New Orleans Saints
Tight end Ben Watson has 113 yards from deep passes, which is fifth-most for all tight ends. He’s done this on four catches—one went for a touchdown.
19. Dallas Cowboys
Linebacker Rolando McClain has a 0.62 yards per coverage snap, which is third lowest for all middle/inside linebackers
20. Chicago Bears
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has 3.03 yards per route run, best in the league.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars
Center Stefen Wisniewski has a pass blocking efficiency of 98.3, which is fifth best among centers. He has allowed two sacks, no hits, and 10 hurries on 564 pass blocks.
22. Indianapolis Colts
Inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman has a run stop percentage of 13.1, second-best among all inside linebackers.
Cornerback Will Blackmon has allowed a 50 percent catch rate, which is eighth-lowest for cornerbacks who have been targeted at least 50 times.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Henry Melton has 24 pressures on the year, which is tied for 13th-most among all defensive/nose tackles.
25. St. Louis Rams
Defensive end William Hayes has an 11.0 run stop percentage, which leads all 4-3 defensive ends with at least 100 run snaps. 2015 will be his fourth consecutive year finishing in the top five.
26. New York Giants
When Robert Ayers lines up on the right, he has a pass rushing productivity of 11.3, which is fourth-best for 4-3 defensive ends with at least 25 pass rushes on the right. He has three sacks, five hits, and 14 hurries on 153 pass rushes from the right. Fifth-best is Jason Pierre-Paul, at 11.1.
27. Miami Dolphins
When wide receiver Rishard Matthews is targeted, Miami has an NFL passer rating of 125.1, fourth-highest for all wide receivers.
28. Cleveland Browns
Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz has an overall PFF grade of 85.4, the second-best for all right tackles.
29. Detroit Lions
Defensive end Jason Jones has a pass rushing productivity of 9.6, which is 10th-best among 4-3 defensive ends. HE has four sacks, six hits, and 25 hurries on 285 pass rushes.
30. Tennessee Titans
Tight end Craig Stevens has a PFF run block grade of 83.3 which is third-best among all TEs.
31. San Francisco 49ers
Defensive tackle Ian Williams has 27 run stops, which is the fifth-most for defensive/nose tackles.
32. San Diego Chargers
Tight end Antonio Gates has 1.89 yards per route run, which is tied for sixth-best among tight ends.