Beyond the Stats: Week 9

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

Did You Know?

Red Zone Troubles - Cam Newton, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson and Andy Dalton have a combined 17 completions inside the 10 yard line this year. That's still 8 less than Drew Brees, who has 25 on his own. 

What a difference a year makes - Last year Melvin Gordon III had 5 carries inside the 10 yard line. This year he has 19. Only David Johnson (20) has more. Only one other Chargers player has a carry inside the 10, Dexter McCluster has one carry.

Masters of the end-around - The Steelers have 84 yards rushing by wide receivers in 5 attempts, averaging 16.8 yards per carry.

Both sides of the fumble spectrum - Tennessee is the only team to not have a forced fumble on defense. On the opposite side of the spectrum is Washington, who has forced 14 fumbles. 

Don't cross midfield - Raiders RB Jalen Richard averages 8.1 YPC on 22 rushes on the Raiders own side of the 50 yard line. Once he crosses midfield, his average drops to 2.8 YPC in 14 rushes.  

Other notable backs with poor YPC Avg after they cross the 50 include 

A gift to opposing defensive coordinators - Julio Jones has 43 receptions this year. Only 5 have come on 3rd or 4th down. Out of shear curiosity, I wanted to see who leads the Falcons in 3rd/4th down catches and the answer is a tie between Jacob Tamme and Mohamed Sanu with 9. 

In the clutch - Jordan Reed and Amari Cooper lead all players with 17 receptions on 3rd/4th down. Bilal Powell and Duke Johnson Jr lead all Running Backs with 15 3rd/4th down catches. 

Running Back efficency - 66 running backs have at least 25 carries. Of those 66 players, 14 average at least 5.0 yards per carry.  

Of those 14...

3 have over 100 carries - Ezekiel Elliott, Spencer Ware and LeSean McCoy
4 have more than 2 rushing touchdowns - LeSean McCoy (6), Jay Ajayi (5), Ezekiel Elliott (5), Mike Gillislee (3)
4 have not scored a rushing touchdown - Fozzy Whittaker, DeAndre Washington, Alfred Blue and Eddie Lacy 

Players with the most games of multiple touchdowns

3 games

2 games

1 game

Red Zone "Looks" by team (rushes & targets)

Leaders in defensive interceptions

  • 11 KC
  • 9 MIN, ARI, SD
  • 8 DEN, BAL
  • 7 CIN, OAK, CAR
  • 6 ATL, BUF, CLE, TEN, NYG, NYJ, PHI
  • 5 GB, NE, SF, SEA, WAS
  • 4 CHI, DAL, DET, LA, TB
  • 3 MIA, NO, PIT, JAC, HOU
  • 2 IND

Leaders in defensive sacks

  • 26 BUF, DEN
  • 22 TEN, PHI, SEA, WAS
  • 21 ARI
  • 20 CHI, MIN, CAR
  • 19 GB
  • 18 ATL, DET, SD
  • 17 HOU
  • 16 CIN, MIA, BAL
  • 15 NYJ, TB
  • 14 CLE, DAL, IND, KC
  • 13 NE, SF, JAC
  • 11 OAK
  • 10 LA, NO
  • 9 NYG
  • 8 PIT

Leaders in defensive fumble recoveries

  • 8 DEN
  • 7 MIN, PHI
  • 6 BUF, DAL, OAK, LA, NO, ARI, SD, SF, TB
  • 5 IND, KC, PIT, WAS, BAL
  • 4 NE
  • 3 CHI, CIN, DET, GB, MIA, CAR, HOU
  • 2 ATL, CLE, NYJ, SEA, JAC
  • 1 TEN, NYG

 

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