As week three has commenced I take a look at the statistical leaders both players and teams going into Sunday of week three.
The top running backs going into the third week are Saquon Barkley and Dalvin Cook. They are ranked third and fourth in rushing yards per attempt for backs with 10+ attempts. They have roughly twice as many yards as the backs at first and second. Cook and Barkley are first and fourth in yards from scrimmage respectively. They are two of four backs on track to break 2000+ yards from scrimmage. The other two are Austin Ekeler (LAC) and Christian McCaffrey (CAR).
Dalvin Cook’s highlights are NFL property and have to watched on youtube.
The table contains the top ten receivers with 8+ targets sorted by yards per target. Three additional receivers outside the top ten are included to show teams with two or more receivers with 10+ yards per target. The Chiefs are the only team to have three receivers in the top receivers for 10+ yards per target including the number one receiver, Demarcus Robinson.
Other teams with two receivers of 10+ yards per target are the Jaguars, Cowboys, Chargers and Ravens. The Ravens have the youngest top duo with Marquise Brown at 22 years and Mark Andrews at 23 years. Jacksonville has the surest hands duo with Chris Conley (80% catch rate ) and DJ Chark (83.3% catch rate). The Chiefs Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson leads the duos in receiving touchdowns with five between them. Dallas receiver Michael Gallup stands out with 113 yards per game, an 86.7% catch rate, 15.07 yards per target and only 23 years old.
The table shows the top eleven quarterbacks sorted by quarterback rating.
The youngest of the group, Lamar Jackson, leads with a 145.2 rating. Jackson almost doubled his passing yards per game from last year. In two games he has surpassed his passing touchdowns from the seven games he started his rookie season and is in a three way tie for most passing touchdowns. He still maintains his running potential. Jackson leads all quarterbacks in rushing yards per game by 23 yards over the next closest quarterback.
I included eleven rather than a typical top ten because Jets quarterback Luke Falk falls in at eleven. Last week Falk was on the Jets practice squad and got elevated from their third string quarterback to starting on Monday night due to Sam Darnold’s illness and Trevor Siemian’s injury. Looking at the names that precede Falk in the table this is quite a feat. He had the second best completion percentage (80%) for the season among all quarterbacks. After getting drafted by the Titans in the sixth round of the 2018 draft, Falk failed to make the team. He was claimed off waivers by the Dolphins and then waived in the 2019 offseason., The Jets is Falk’s third team. For his debut on Monday night football he had a solid performance. This week he faces a tough opponent against the Patriots in his first career start. Tom Brady was Falk’s hero growing up. It was kind of ironic that Falk was drafted in the exact same spot that Brady was drafted.
Browns Myles Garrett and then Buccaneer Shaquil Barrett lead all pass rushers in sacks per game. They come in first (Garrett) and third (Barrett) in quarterback hits per game.
Through two weeks the team with the best pass rush as determined by sacks and quarterback hits is the Jaguars. The team with the worst pass rush is the Broncos. The AFC South, (composed of the Jaguars, Texans, Colts and Titans), has the best pass rush. They are followed by the AFC North (Browns, Ravens, Bengals, Steelers). The division with the worst pass rush is the NFC East (Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Redskins). The four teams of the NFC East comprise the five lowest teams in combined sacks and hits statistic.
In the table leaders are highlighted in yellow and low teams in orange. The figures are a sum of sacks and hits as a percent of the average. So for instance the Giants have one sack. That divided by the league team average of 2.2 gives a 0.45 sack number. They have 1.5 quarterback hits. That divided by the league team average of 3.4 gives a 0.44 hits number. The final total of 90 is the sum of those two.
|Division||Tm||Sacks/Hits Normalized||Total Division Sum|
Tracy Walker of the Lions leads all players in solo tackles per game with 16 total. The Cardinals have the top duo of players with middle linebacker Jordan Hicks with 15 solo tackles and strong safety Budda Baker with 14 total. The Bears have the next top duo with inside linebackers Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan at 13 total each.
The top six players in interceptions per game are shown in the following table. The Patriots lead the league in interceptions with five in two games. They are followed by the 49ers with four interceptions in two games.