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Beyond the Stats: Week 11

Each week I uncover some interesting stats, tidbits and information that you may or may not know about. 

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Goffclap - Jared Goff will make his pro debut this week vs Miami. The last #1 overall pick to go this far into the season before making his debut was JaMarcus Russell who first saw action in Week 12 of the 2007 season.

16 targets for Stefon Diggs this week?  Stefon Diggs has 13, 14 and 15 targets in each of the last three games. He is also the first player in NFL history to have at least 13 receptions in consecutive games. He'll have Patrick Peterson shadowing his every move this week. 

The incredibly quiet Rishard Matthews - Only Antonio Brown, Mike Evans and Jordy Nelson have more receiving touchdowns than Titans receiver Rishard Matthews. He doesn't have a game over 6 receptions this year and he has one 10+ target game, but he has scored in five of the last six games. 

He's due - Julio Jones has only scored twice since Week 4. 

Thanks a lot Osweiler! - DeAndre Hopkins has a career 14.1 yards per catch average. This year it's a meager 10.7 yards per catch. 

Thanks a lot Cutler! - In two games with Jay Cutler, Cameron Meredith has a mere 2 catches. One of which was a nice 50 yard hail mary touchdown at the end of the half, but c'mon man! Two catches?! Remember those back to back 9 and 11 catch games with Brian Hoyer?  Yeah me neither. 

MVPffff?!  Cam Newton had three games with 5 touchdown passes in 2015.  This year he has only one game with 4 touchdown passes. 

The league has five quarterbacks with a QB Rating over 100 - Tom Brady (125.5), Matt Ryan (115.1), Drew Brees (107.0), Dak Prescott (106.2) and Matthew Stafford (101.6). Combined they have 92 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions. 

And yet Seattle won, last week - In 5 games, Tom Brady has 12 touchdown passes this year, that includes 0 from last week, while Russell Wilson has 10 touchdown passes in 9 games. 

$75 million for that? Brock Osweiler's 74.1 QB Rating is the lowest of all current starting quarterbacks. His 9.6 yards per completion is also the lowest in the league. 

Large Benjamin is coming to town - The Browns have allowed a league high 25 passing touchdowns this year. Road splits aside, this is great matchup for Ben Roethlisberger this week.

James Starks anyone? I would be surpised if Christine Michael (newly acquired by the Packers) will get many if any reps this week. Which means James Starks will have an opportunity to shine against Washington, who has allowed 13 rushing touchdowns (2nd most in the league) this year. 

The diminutive one - Darren Sproles is the only running back in the league with a 5.0 YPC average or higher with at least 30 receptions. 

Carrying the load - Three running backs average over 20 carries per game. Ezekiel Elliott (22.0), Melvin Gordon III (21.7) and LeGarrette Blount (20.2). 

The cream of the crop - Four running backs have over 1,000 total yards (rush & receiving) - Ezekiel Elliott (1,255), David Johnson (1,213), DeMarco Murray (1,189) and Melvin Gordon III (1,184). All four have double-digit rush/rec touchdowns.  

Nine teams allow less than 10 first half points per game - SEA, NE, ARI, BAL, CAR, MIN, DAL, CHI, OAK

14 teams allow less than 10 second half points per game - KC, PHI, MIN, LA, ARI, DEN, BAL, HOU, BUF, SEA, MIA, NYG, DAL, NE

Turnover Margins Home vs Road

Home

  • +3 KC
  • +1.5 MIN
  • +1 OAK, DET
  • +0.8 BUF, PHI, ATL
  • +0.7 CIN
  • +0.6 NE, PIT
  • +0.3 ARI
  • +0.2 DAL, CHI, DEN, BAL, SD
  • 0.0 SEA, TB, WAS, MIA, IND, GB
  • -0.2 HOU
  • -0.5 TEN
  • -0.8 CLE, NYJ, NO
  • -1.0 LA
  • -1.5 JAC
  • -1.6 CAR
  • -1.8 SF, NYG

Road

  • +1.5 NO, SF
  • +1.2 MIN
  • +1.0 OAK
  • +0.8 BUF, DEN, SEA
  • +0.6 PHI
  • +0.5 BAL
  • +0.4 KC, DAL
  • +0.2 CAR, NYG, CIN
  • 0.0 ATL, TB, WAS, MIA, TEN, LA
  • -0.3 CLE
  • -0.4 IND
  • -0.5 NE
  • -0.6 DET
  • -0.7 ARI
  • -0.8 PIT, SD
  • -1.0 GB, HOU
  • -1.2 CHI
  • -1.3 NYJ
  • -1.6 JAC

Opponent Red Zone Scoring Percentage (Touchdowns)

Highest

  • 76.9% ATL
  • 69.4% CLE
  • 66.6% DET
  • 65.7% SD
  • 65.5% WAS
  • 64.2% CIN
  • 63.3% TB
  • 62.0% LA
  • 61.1% SF
  • 60.0% GB

Lowest

  • 41.9% NYG
  • 43.3% PIT
  • 44.4% CAR, PHI
  • 46.3% SEA
  • 50.0% BUF, CHI
  • 51.5% JAC
  • 51.6% DEN
  • 52.1% MIN

Percentage of Running Plays

  • 50.6 DAL
  • 47.3 TEN
  • 47.1 NE
  • 46.9 BUF
  • 46.6 SF
  • 44.1 MIA
  • 43.1 PHI
  • 42.4 HOU
  • 41.9 CAR
  • 41.3 NYJ, CIN
  • 41.2 DEN
  • 40.8 MIN
  • 40.4 TB
  • 40.3 SD
  • 40.2 ATL, LA
  • 39.4 OAK
  • 39.0 SEA
  • 38.6 KC
  • 38.1 WAS
  • 37.4 NO
  • 37.1 ARI
  • 37.0 DET
  • 36.3 IND, CHI
  • 35.5 BAL
  • 35.2 NYG, CLE
  • 34.6 PIT
  • 33.8 GB
  • 31.9 JAC

Average Scoring Margin

  • 9.8 DAL
  • 8.7 NE
  • 7.3 PHI
  • 5.0 DEN
  • 4.7 ARI
  • 4.1 KC
  • 3.9 SEA
  • 3.8 BUF
  • 3.7 ATL
  • 2.6 MIN
  • 2.4 OAK, BAL
  • 1.4 SD
  • 1.3 TEN
  • 0.9 PIT
  • 0.3 WAS
  • 0.2 NO
  • -0.1 DET
  • -0.2 NYG, MIA
  • -0.6 CAR
  • -1.2 GB
  • -1.9 IND
  • -2.6 CIN
  • -2.9 TB
  • -3.0 HOU
  • -3.8 LA
  • -6.5 NYJ
  • -7.2 JAC
  • -8.2 CHI
  • -10.7 SF
  • -12.6 CLE

 

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