PFF Preview: Falcons @ Panthers, Week 11

Joe Velardo identifies the key players in this Week 11 NFC West clash between the Falcons and the Panthers.

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PFF Preview: Falcons @ Panthers, Week 11

2014-Prev-WK11-ATL@CARRoddy White and the Falcons, who are coming off of a win, will take on the Carolina Panthers and the second-highest-rated inside linebacker in the league, Luke Kuechly.

Kuechly continues to have an amazing year, with a +12.3 overall grade, 51 stops to lead all inside linebackers, and is also the only player at the spot to grade out +5.0 or higher in coverage and against the run. White, in his last three games played, has caught 20 of 27 targets for 238 yards and two touchdowns giving him a wide receiver rating of 125.2. He also ranks 15th in Yards Per Route Run in that same span.

Roddy White’s partner in crime Matt Ryan has come in at seventh in Accuracy Percentage in his last three games while dealing with eight drops. He has also performed admirably under pressure ranking sixth, throwing only one interception despite being under pressure on 42.1% of his drop-backs. Greg Olsen is putting together an amazing all-around performance, he is Top 5 in Drop Rate and Yards Per Route Run, Top 10 in Slot Performance, and No. 1 in Pass Blocking Efficiency among TEs.

Here are three more notable numbers for each side:

Atlanta Falcons

Steven Jackson – Has forced eight missed tackles in in his last three games, good for ninth among running backs in Elusive Rating in those weeks.

Kroy Biermann – After switching back to a 4-3 look last week, Biermann racked up nine pressures including three sacks, coming in at No. 1 in Pass Rush Productivity among 4-3 defensive ends.

Osi Umenyiora – Came in above his teammate Biermann at No. 1 in Pass Rush Productivity, also with nine pressures, all of them coming from the right side.

Carolina Panthers

Kelvin Benjamin – Comes in at fourth among rookie wide receivers in Yards Per Route Run and leads all rookie wide receivers in targets with 82.

Andrew Norwell – Ranked as the 15th-highest-graded guard among those with at least 165 snaps in the four games he has started.

Graham Gano – The seventh-highest-graded kicker with a +9.2 and has the lowest kick return percentage in the league.

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