Beyond the Stats: Week 4

Each week I uncover some interesting stats, tidbits and information that you may or may not know about. This week I take a look at which players are consistently finding the end zone, the love affair of Aaron Rodgers and his wide receivers, plus much more. 

Did You Know?

QB Rating - Marcus Mariota and Philip Rivers are the only quarterbacks with 100+ QB rating that have a losing record after three games. Rivers' high completion percentage (74.8%) is why he's still up there despite 4 interceptions.

Speaking of high completion percentage - Seven quarterbacks have a 70% completion percentage or higher, two of which are currently inactive/injured. There were none who had 70% or higher in 2014. 

  • 75.3% Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
  • 75.0% Tony Romo, DAL
  • 74.8 Philip Rivers, SD
  • 74.4% Tyrod Taylor, BUF
  • 73.6% Aaron Rodgers, GB
  • 72.2% Tom Brady, NE
  • 70.3% Russell Wilson, SEA

Sacked - Russell Wilson and Marcus Mariota have each been sacked a league high 12 times this year (Avg or 4 per game). 

Avoiding the Sack - Carson Palmer and Derek Carr have been sacked only twice each this year. Fewest in the league.

"Help Me Alshon Jeffrey - You're my only hope" - Eddie Royal leads the Bears with 11 catches this year....for 66 yards.

His time is coming - Jarvis Landry has the most receiving yards (230) without a touchdown reception

It's getting close to Abdullah time - Ameer Abdullah leads the Lions with 21 carries. Joique Bell is 2nd on the team with 20. Bell's yards per carry is a paltry 1.1. No other Lions running back has more than two carries. 

Gronk could break 29 year old record - There's a lot of season left, but Rob Gronkowski's 19.3 yards per catch is the highest for a tight end since Clint Didier's 20.3 yards per catch in 1986 (min 30 recs)

Slow out of the gates - Seattle running backs have 0 rushing touchdowns and their wide receivers have 1 receiving touchdown. The same can be said for St. Louis. The Saints have only two passing touchdowns. 

The Jordan Matthews Show - Jordan Matthews leads the Eagles with 24 receptions. The next closest wide receiver has 4 (Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff are tied)

Spreading the ball around - Six of Tyrod Taylor's seven touchdown passes have gone to a different receiver. Only Charles Clay has more than one touchdown reception. 

A sign of things to come - When Michael Vick entered the game last week, three of his five completions went to LeVeon Bell. 

Dominating targets - Steve Smith has 40 targets in three games. The next closest wide receiver or tight end has 13 (Crockett Gillmore)

I don't think we've scratched the surface on Winston's potential - Jameis Winston leads all quarterbacks with 14.4 yards per completion. 

The Kubiak offense is nowhere to be found - Peyton Manning's 127 pass attempts in three games is third most in the league behind Tom Brady (133) and Matthew Stafford (128).

Twilight of his career - Peyton Manning's 5.9 yards per attempt this year is the lowest it's been in his career. His average yards per attempt for his career is 7.7. Compare that to other notable quarterbacks.

Career - Yards Per Attempt

  • 8.2 Aaron Rodgers
  • 7.5 Joe Montana
  • 7.5 Drew Brees
  • 7.4 Tom Brady
  • 7.3 Dan Marino
  • 7.3 Fran Tarkenton
  • 7.2 Warren Moon
  • 7.1 John Elway
  • 7.1 Brett Favre

Wide Receiver continues to be Aaron Rodgers favorite end zone target - 9 of Rodgers' 10 touchdowns this year have gone to a wide receiver (Randall Cobb 4, James Jones 4, Ty Montgomery 1). In his career, Rodgers has thrown 235 touchdowns since he became the starter in 2008. 79% of those have gone to a wide receiver.

Running Back Rushing Yards Per Attempt Leaders (min 20 attempts)

  • 7.8 Karlos Williams, BUF
  • 5.7 Giovani Bernard, CIN
  • 5.3 Matt Jones, WAS
  • 4.9 Adrian Peterson, MIN
  • 4.9 Carlos Hyde, SF
  • 4.9 DeAngelo Williams, PIT
  • 4.9 Dion Lewis, NE
  • 4.8 Latavius Murray, OAK
  • 4.8 Jamaal Charles, KC
  • 4.7 Matt Forte, CHI
  • 4.7 Frank Gore, IND
  • 4.4 Chris Ivory, NYJ
  • 4.4 Eddie Lacy, GB
  • 4.3 Melvin Gordon, TEN
  • 4.3 Bishop Sankey, TEN
  • 4.2 Chris Johnson, ARI
  • 4.2 Joseph Randle, DAL
  • 4.2 Alfred Blue, HOU
  • 4.1 Alfred Morris, WAS
  • 4.1 LeGarrette Blount, NE

Reception Leaders By Team - through Week 3

Running Backs

  • 30 DAL
  • 29 PHI
  • 27 DET, NO
  • 25 BAL
  • 23 NE
  • 22 OAK
  • 18 NYJ, SD
  • 16 HOU, KC
  • 15 CIN, WAS, SEA, JAC, ATL
  • 14 CAR, STL, MIA
  • 12 SF, PIT, TB
  • 11 TEN, MIN
  • 10 GB, IND, CHI
  • 9 BUF, CLE
  • 7 ARI, DEN

Wide Receivers

  • 61 DEN
  • 56 HOU
  • 52 NYJ, ATL
  • 51 MIA
  • 50 OAK, NE, SD
  • 47 GB, PIT
  • 45 NO
  • 44 IND
  • 41 DET
  • 40 ARI, BAL, SEA
  • 38 WAS, JAC
  • 36 NYG, BUF
  • 35 PHI
  • 32 CIN, CLE
  • 28 SF, KC
  • 27 DAL
  • 26 TEN, MIN
  • 25 TB
  • 24 CAR, STL
  • 23 CHI

Tight Ends

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

Players who have scored a rushing/receiving touchdown in all three games

  • Travis Benjamin, CLE
  • Jamaal Charles, KC
  • James Jones, GB
  • Brandon Marshall, NYJ
  • Donte Moncrief, IND
  • Karlos Williams, BUF

Players who have scored a rushing/receiving touchdown in 2 of 3 games

  • Ameer Abdullah, DET
  • Odell Beckham, NYG
  • Antonio Brown, PIT
  • Charles Clay, BUF
  • Randall Cobb, GB
  • Eric Decker, NYJ
  • Eric Ebron, DET
  • Tyler Eifert, CIN
  • Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
  • Devonta Freeman, ATL
  • Jimmy Graham, SEA
  • A.J. Green, CIN
  • Dorial Green-Beckham, TEN
  • Rob Gronkowski, NE
  • DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
  • Mark Ingram, NO
  • David Johnson, ARI
  • Steve Johnson, SD
  • Julio Jones, ATL
  • Marvin Jones, CIN
  • Dion Lewis, NE
  • Zach Line, MIN
  • Ryan Mathews, PHI
  • Rishard Matthews, MIA
  • Latavius Murray, OAK
  • Cam Newton, CAR
  • Kendall Wright, TEN

Turnover Ratios

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

 

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