Continuing my previous post on the top ten teams in week one by yards we now look at the bottom ten teams by yards gained and yards allowed.
23. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)
The 49ers rushed for only 90 yards and a 3.6 yard average. Alfred Morris, 49er running back, turned the ball over on a forced fumble in the red zone at the one yard line.
24. Houston Texans (0-1)
DeShaun Watson passed for only 158 yards, had a 50% completion rate and a 62.9 passer rating. He threw only one touchdown to one interception. His average yards per completion was 9.3 yards which was 24th compared to other teams. He was sacked three times and lost a fumble.
25. New Orleans Saints (0-1)
Drew Brees was in a shootout with Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Saints running back Mark Ingram suspended for So the Saints decided to give up the run game. They had just 13 rushing attempts , the lowest in week one. Their rushing average was only 3.3 yards per carry. Interesting that the Buccaneers did not abandon the run and rushed for 34 attempts which was fifth most in week one. The Buccaneers also averaged only 3.3 yards per attempt. As for the other game aspects you could say both team passing offenses were outstanding or both pass defenses were abysmal. I lean on the side of poor pass defense.
26. Detroit Lions (0-1)
The feel of the game was that the Lions were disastrous. However the Lions did tie the game 17-17 at the top of the third quarter. Then it went to pieces. After tying the game the Lions allowed Sam Darnold to drive the Jets down the field and score a touchdown. The next Lions possession ended in a Stafford interception by Jets Darron Lee for a pick 6. On their ensuing possession the Lions went three and out and punted, That punt was returned by Jet Andre Roberts 78 yards for a touchdown. In 6 minutes on the game clock the Jets had pulled ahead by 21 unanswered points. The Jets would go on to kick a field goal and score another touchdown on a 62 yard run by Isaiah Crowell. The Lions run defense was terrible allowing the Jets to rush for 169 yards, a 4.7 yard average and giving up the Crowell touchdown run. In the passing game Stafford was picked off five times.
27. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
What! The Chiefs! The Chiefs make this list due to the defense. Their pass defense allowed 418 yards (31st) of passing yardage, a 66.7% completion percentage, 45% first down completion and eight passing plays of 20+ yards (32nd). According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), the Chiefs defense combined to miss 19 tackles. This is tied for the third-most ever recorded by a team on the first week of a season. PFF rated the Chiefs defense as last. Granted they did play Phillip Rivers and the Chargers but still the defense was an area of concern going into the season.
28. Cleveland Browns (0-0-1)
Except for a run game aided by quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the Browns ranked poorly in all other aspects. They gave up 313 yards on passing offense (28th) and 41.5% of the Steelers passing attempts made first down. The Browns allowed 159 yards rushing (28th) and a 4.5 yard average. On passing offense the Browns had only 150 yards (27th) and had a passer rating of 51.8.
29. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
The Cowboys had only 138 yards of passing offense (30th), a 7.3 yards per completion average and only one pass of 20+ yards which was exactly 20 yards. The rushing game was held to 94 yards. Their run defense gave up 147 yards (27th) and two touchdowns.
30. Buffalo Bills (0-1)
The Bills ranked dead last in passing yards with only 70 yards and a 6.3 yard average per completion. Their passer rating was 17. Their completion percentage was a league low 33%. Bills’ run game ranked 25th with a total 83 yards and a 3.8 yards per carry average. Their defense yards allowed ranked 19th for run defense (117 yards) and 21st for pass defense (252 yards).
31. Seattle Seahawks (0-1)
The Seattle Seahawks run defense gave up 146 yards rushing (26th) and a 4.6 yards average. In Passing they gave up 324 yards (29th) and seven pass plays of 20+ yards (30th). Seattle’s run game had only 64 yards rushing (30th). In their passing offense they did gain 242 yards but that was only 14th in the league.
32. Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
Based on yards the Cardinals rank in last place. The best aspect of their game was their pass defense which gave up 247 yards (20th) and a 118 passer rating. The Cardinal passing game gained only 145 yards (29th) and their run game only 68 yards (29th). Their lowest score was for their run defense which gave up a league high 182 yards.
I would say not a lot of surprises. The only three are the Saints, Chiefs and the Seahawks.
The 48 points the Saints allowed Tampa Bay to score is the most the Saints gave up since the middle of 2015. That season they were dead last in points conceded and went 7-9. In 2016 they were 31st in points conceded and again went 7-9. The Saints brought in defensive talent drafting CB Marshon Lattimore, S Marcus Williams and DE Marcus Davenport. They had DE Cameron Jordan. In 2017 the Saints were 10th in points allowed, went 11-5 and made the playoffs. We shall see if this game was just an aberration.
The Chiefs are another high powered offensive team that has defensive problems. In 2017 they were 28th in yards allowed. For the 2018 draft five of their six selections were defensive players with only the last selection being on offense. In the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018 the Chiefs have three players but none on defense.
The Seahawks were 23rd in rushing yards per game in 2017. In the draft they went first round with running back Rashaad Penny. Defensively the Seahawks saw a large departure of defensive talent this offseason. Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Richard Sherman, Sheldon Richardson, and Jeremy Lane will all be on new teams or retired in 2018. Safety Kam Chancellor is on the physically unable to perform list. Will the new starters be able to carry on the legacy of the Legion of Boom?
Enjoy the week two games!