Each week, this column will take a critical look at key statistical trends to highlight pass rushing and tackle matchups to exploit and avoid. We'll be heavily relying on another great feature at FBG this season, the IDP Matchup Spreadsheet that will be generated by Aaron Rudnicki. That spreadsheet will contain a number of weekly and weekly average statistical measures to help identify those defensive teams who are facing the best and worst opportunity as the season progresses. While this column will include analysis of tackle and pass rush opportunity and matchup data, it's only a fraction of the data available in the spreadsheet. We hope that the Matchup Spreadsheet and this column will join John Norton's weekly IDP projections, Doug Drinen's Matchup Analyzer Tool and our customizable MyFBG function as useful tools to assist in making weekly line-up and waiver wire decisions.
You are very welcome to the Week 8 edition of what will be a season-long look at the best and worst matchups in the IDP landscape based on detailed, accurate spreadsheet data generated by Aaron Rudnicki on a weekly basis.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Dave Larkin. I am a veteran IDP player and what some would call a diehard fan of this game of football that we all love so much.
Defense is my passion. Over the past few years, I have assimilated countless pages of data from various sources to hone my knowledge of the defensive side of the football. Each and every week I will study film from the previous week’s games and provide you with nuggets of wisdom that will lead you to a championship.
The bye week gauntlet continues at pace this week, forcing owners to reach into the depths of their IDP knowledge to even field a line-up. Navigating the treacherous seas of the bye weeks can make or break a season; let’s make sure you readers end up in the former category.
Let’s do a deep dive on the tasty Week 8 slate of games.
Pass Rushing Matchups to Exploit
Cincinnati pass rushers vs. Indianapolis
The Bengals may have been embarrassed by their division rival Pittsburgh last week, but that doesn’t mean they are out of the running – especially with opponents like Indianapolis. The Colts are a hot mess up front, giving up hits and hurries like they are going out of fashion. The news that quarterback Andrew Luck will likely not return this season will have only served to take more air out of what is already a fragile balloon still keeping their season afloat. The Bengals haven’t exactly been world beaters with a pressure applied number of 16.6%, but this matchup is the one to cure all woes.
Key stat: The Colts allow pressure on 27.1% of dropbacks, with four sacks and 9.6 quarterback hits per game. It is not a pretty picture for Jacoby Brissett and this offense.