Week 3 Football Fun Facts

Charles Ashe gives his thoughts and musings on Week 3.

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Charles Ashe gives his thoughts and musings on Week 3.

Week 3 Football Fun Facts

NFL: New York Giants at Carolina Panthers–Quarterbacks are often judged incorrectly (see contract of: Flacco, Joe) and lost amid the hoopla of Peyton Manning’s seven passing touchdowns in Week 1 is how well he has continued to play.

In week 1 Manning took three sacks, he has taken one since then.

Manning threw 15 incompletions in Week 1, he has thrown only 18 since then. In fact, on Sunday he only threw five incompletions. That is not a typo, he threw FIVE incompletions while throwing for 374 yards.

Peyton did not throw back-to-back incompletions in the entire first half.

Manning has not thrown an interception this season.

Peyton has the highest completion percentage so far this season while playing on the team with the highest percentage of dropped passes in the league. You read that correctly, Manning leads the league in completion percentage even though his team drops over 10 percent of his pass attempts.

His overall PFF rating is currently (+14.3) which is 5.7 points higher than the second ranked guy. Let’s put that into perspective. There are only three other quarterbacks in the league with a PFF rating over 5.7 which is the gap between him and the number two guy. If we divided up his grade, Manning could be both the number one and the number six rated quarterback in the NFL. The Broncos host the Eagles on Sunday.


-Cardinals FS Rashad Johnson took off his glove during Sunday’s game against the Saints only to realize that the top of his left middle finger was still in it. Johnson underwent finger surgery that night and his current status for week 4 is uncertain.

While we don’t know Johnson’s status, we can guess is that this will mean even more snaps for Tyrann Mathieu. In week 3, Mathieu was credited with 10 tackles (nine solo) an interception and a pass defended. Technically, Mathieu is the backup free safety who guards the slot in sub packages, but the “Honey Badger” has played more snaps than Johnson (161 to 152.) Mathieu has been credited with 22 solo tackles which is third overall among all defensive players. The Cardinals go to Tampa on Sunday to face third-round rookie Mike Glennon in his first NFL start.


Eli Manning was only sacked 19 times last season. This was the lowest amount of sacks taken among the top 30 quarterbacks in pass attempts. Last season the Giants finished with a PFF pass block rating of (+14.3) which was good for 18th in the league. So far this season the Giants are next to last in pass block rating with a PFF grade of (-17). Is the lack of a Giant running game the reason why the Giants are giving up so many sacks?

Unofficially, as a team the Giants have rushed for 50, 23 and 60 yards so far this season. That 44.3 yards per game rushing average puts them dead last in the league. So they are 32nd in rushing and 4th in allowing sacks. And when we look around the league we see that a poor rushing attack and a high sack total generally go hand and hand.

TeamRushing Yards
Per Game
Total Sacks Allowed
New York Giants44.311
St. Louis57.06

Among the six worst rushing attacks only St. Louis has avoided double digit sacks. They went the first two weeks without giving up a sack before giving up 6 in week 3, which is when the Rams rushed for only 35 yards. So while a limited quarterback and a weak offensive line contribute to the amount of sacks a team gives up, the lack of a running game can also be a major factor. Even the worst teams can get to the quarterback when they have no fear of stopping the run.


-The Falcons lost Kroy Biermann for the season and Sean Weatherspoon until at least week 11. Atlanta was expected to turn to UDFA Joplo Bartu to play the every-down role along with Akeem Dent. In week 3 Bartu played 55 snaps while Dent only played 38 snaps. However Dent managed five tackles (three solo) and a sack and a half while Bartu was credited with three tackles (one solo) a half a sack and a pass defended. The numbers say Dent is the Atlanta linebacker to own but the snaps say Bartu.


-The 49ers lost to the Colts in Week 3, 27-7. The Colts are the only team among San Francisco’s first four opponents that they didn’t play last season. In week 1 the 49ers beat Green Bay, a team that they beat twice last season. In week 2 they lost to the Seahawks, which is what they did last season when they traveled to Seattle. Next up for San Francisco is St. Louis. They played the Rams twice last season and did not beat them either time. Including the playoffs, the 49ers went 0-1-1 against St. Louis and 12-3 against everyone else.

casheatl started his writing career at the now defunct CNN Sports Illustrated in Atlanta. He moved on to CNN Domestic where he joined his first fantasy football league. He writes about sports and politics when he is not checking the waiver wire

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