While preparing my fantasy football rankings each week, I come across statistics and trends worth monitoring. The following are 32 interesting stats — one for each NFL team — that helped inform my Week 8 rankings.
Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals as a team have 478 rushing yards before contact. This is 39 yards more than any other team and 220 yards more than the league average.
Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons' 83 red-zone plays are tied for the most in the league.
Cleveland Browns – Austin Hooper has been the best tight end at contest catches this season. He’s caught all seven passes thrown his way that have been contested. Other than Hooper, no one has caught 100% of their contested targets and had more than four contested targets.
Green Bay Packers – Packers cornerbacks have given up 269 receiving yards when lined up on the outside. That is 67 fewer yards than any other team and less than half the league average of 552 yards.
Indianapolis Colts – Colts wide receivers have caught a combined two touchdown passes. That’s the second fewest for a team. On the bright side, their wide receivers have also dropped only two passes, which is tied for the fewest for a team.
Jacksonville Jaguars – James Robinson has 329 rushing yards after contact. That is seventh-most by an undrafted rookie in the last decade. He is on pace to take the top spot before December — he is only 148 yards behind first place.
Las Vegas Raiders – Darren Waller has the third-most receiving yards over the last calendar year at 1,130. While both Travis Kelce and George Kittle are a little ahead of him, the gap between Waller and the next-closest tight end is over 300 yards.
Los Angeles Chargers – Austin Ekeler is tied for the league lead with Christian McCaffrey in receiving yards over the last calendar year at 767. But it took Ekeler 26 fewer targets to get to 767 yards.
Los Angeles Rams – The Rams have been the best team at defending against deep passes. They’ve allowed five of 22 to be caught for 173 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. They’ve allowed the fewest yards and are tied for the fewest completions allowed and touchdowns allowed in these situations.
Miami Dolphins – Running backs who have faced the Dolphins gain four or more yards on 53.5% of their carries. The Dolphins are the only team to allow 4.0 or more yards on over half the attempts against them.
Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings have been the worst team at defending against deep passes. They have allowed the most completions (19), yards (625) and touchdowns (19).
New England Patriots – The Patriots have only thrown four deep passes in the first halves of games this year. That is the fewest by a team at this point in the season since the 2014 Chiefs. Only one of those four passes was complete for exactly 20 yards, and another one fell incomplete.
New York Jets – The Jets defense has first contacted opposing rushers in the backfield on a league leading 40% of rushing attempts against them.
Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles have tackled opposing running backs for a loss or no gain on 30.1% of rushing attempts against them. That’s the best rate in the league.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Quarterbacks facing the Steelers have a league-low 63.4% completion percentage on targeted throws.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Buccaneers defense has allowed only three rushing attempts to go for more than 10 yards. Every other team has at least double that, while the league average is 15.