Going Into Week Three The Statistical Leaders

As week three has commenced I take a look at the statistical leaders both players and teams going into Sunday of week three.

Running Backs

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).

Rk Player Age Tm Att Yds Y/A TD Y/G Touch YScm
3 Saquon Barkley 22 NYG 29 227 7.83 1 113.5 36 274
4 Dalvin Cook 24 MIN 41 265 6.46 3 132.5 46 311

 

Dalvin Cook’s highlights are NFL property and have to watched on youtube.

Receivers

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.

Rk Player Age Tm G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Y/G Ctch% Y/Tgt
1 Demarcus Robinson 25 KAN 2 8 7 172 24.57 2 86.0 87.5% 21.50
2 DeSean Jackson 33 PHI 2 9 8 154 19.25 2 77.0 88.9% 17.11
3 DJ Chark 23 JAX 3 18 15 277 18.47 3 92.3 83.3% 15.39
4 Michael Gallup 23 DAL 2 15 13 226 17.38 0 113.0 86.7% 15.07
5 Mike Williams 25 LAC 2 8 5 112 22.4 0 56.0 62.5% 14.00
6 John Ross 25 CIN 2 20 11 270 24.55 3 135.0 55.0% 13.50
7 Chris Conley 27 JAX 3 15 12 200 16.67 1 66.7 80.0% 13.33
8 Mark Andrews 23 BAL 2 17 16 220 13.75 2 110.0 94.1% 12.94
9 Marquise Brown 22 BAL 2 18 12 233 19.42 2 116.5 66.7% 12.94
10 Austin Ekeler 24 LAC 2 13 12 163 13.58 2 81.5 92.3% 12.54
15 Travis Kelce 30 KAN 2 17 10 195 19.5 1 97.5 58.8% 11.47
22 Amari Cooper 25 DAL 2 14 10 150 15 2 75.0 71.4% 10.71
26 Sammy Watkins 26 KAN 2 24 15 247 16.47 3 123.5 62.5% 10.29

Quarterbacks

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.

Rk Player Age Tm Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int TD% Int% Rate Sk Y/A Y/G W L T 4QC GWD Att Yds Y/A TD Y/G
1 Lamar Jackson 22 BAL 41 57 71.93 596 7 0 12.3 0 145.2 3 10.46 298 2 0 0 19 126 6.63 0 63
2 Dak Prescott 26 DAL 51 62 82.26 674 7 1 11.3 1.61 142.9 1 10.87 337 2 0 0 9 81 9 0 40.5
3 Patrick Mahomes 24 KAN 55 77 71.43 821 7 0 9.1 0 136.3 2 10.66 410.5 2 0 0
4 Russell Wilson 31 SEA 43 55 78.18 495 5 0 9.1 0 134.5 8 9 247.5 2 0 0 1 1
5 Tom Brady 42 NWE 44 64 68.75 605 5 0 7.8 0 124.8 3 9.45 302.5 2 0 0
6 Case Keenum 31 WAS 56 81 69.14 601 5 0 6.2 0 111.2 2 7.42 300.5 0 2 0
7 Gardner Minshew 23 JAX 65 88 73.86 692 5 1 5.7 1.14 110.6 5 7.86 230.7 1 1 0 11 80 7.27 0 26.7
8 Jacoby Brissett 27 IND 38 55 69.09 336 5 1 9.1 1.82 107.8 5 6.11 168 1 1 0 1 1
9 Jimmy Garoppolo 28 SFO 35 52 67.31 462 4 2 7.7 3.85 104.8 1 8.88 231 2 0 0
10 Matthew Stafford 31 DET 49 75 65.33 630 5 2 6.7 2.67 102.6 3 8.4 315 1 0 1 2 1
11 Luke Falk 25 NYJ 20 25 80.00 198 0 0 0 0 99.7 2 7.92 198

 

Pass Rushers

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
East
NWE 1.91
BUF 1.91
NYJ 1.42
MIA 0.90 6.14
West
KAN 1.94
OAK 1.76
LAC 1.19
Den 0.00 4.90
North
CLE 3.59
BAL 3.14
CIN 1.80
PIT 1.53 10.06
South
JAX 3.74
IND 2.43
HOU 2.10
TEN 2.05 10.31
East
WAS 1.19
NYG 0.90
PHI 0.75
DAL 0.52 3.36
West
SFO 2.84
LAR 2.02
SEA 2.02
ARI 1.87 8.76
North
MIN 3.28
CHI 2.69
GNB 2.32
DET 1.50 9.80
South
NOR 3.22
ATL 2.09
CAR 1.72
TAM 1.65 8.67

Solo Tackles

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.

Rk Player Year Age Draft Tm Lg G Solo Ast Comb TFL solo/game
1 Tracy Walker 2019 24 3-82 DET NFL 2 16 3 19 2 8
2 Jordan Hicks 2019 27 3-84 ARI NFL 2 15 10 25 2 7.5
3 Blake Martinez 2019 25 4-131 GNB NFL 2 15 5 20 1 7.5
4 Joe Schobert 2019 26 4-99 CLE NFL 2 15 6 21 1 7.5
5 Budda Baker 2019 23 2-36 ARI NFL 2 14 5 19 0 7
7 Landon Collins 2019 25 2-33 WAS NFL 2 14 5 19 1 7
10 Thomas Davis 2019 36 1-14 LAC NFL 2 13 13 26 0 6.5
11 Terrell Edmunds 2019 22 1-28 PIT NFL 2 13 5 18 0 6.5
12 Brandon Facyson 2019 25 LAC NFL 2 13 4 17 0 6.5
13 Vernon Hargreaves 2019 24 1-11 TAM NFL 2 13 2 15 0 6.5
15 Cory Littleton 2019 26 LAR NFL 2 13 9 22 0 6.5
16 Roquan Smith 2019 22 1-8 CHI NFL 2 13 5 18 1 6.5
17 Danny Trevathan 2019 29 6-188 CHI NFL 2 13 4 17 0 6.5
19 Xavier Woods 2019 24 6-191 DAL NFL 2 13 4 17 0 6.5

Interceptions

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.

Player Age Tm G Int Yds TD PD Int/Game
Desmond Trufant 29 ATL 2 2 10 0 3 1.00
Anthony Harris 28 MIN 2 2 0 0 2 1.00
Jamie Collins 30 NWE 2 2 74 1 2 1.00
Devin McCourty 32 NWE 2 2 0 0 3 1.00
C.J. Mosley 27 NYJ 1 1 17 1 2 1.00
Logan Ryan 28 TEN 3 2 0 0 6 0.67

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