- George Pickens set to bounce back: The rookie wide receiver has some impressive numbers when his quarterback has a clean pocket, which is a positive sign against one of the worst pass-rushing defensive lines in the league this week.
- Miles Sanders’ revenge: After a poor showing earlier in the season against Washington, Sanders’ recent numbers point to a potentially better performance this time around.
- Taylor Heinicke and Curtis Samuel set for fantasy regression: Some poor and unstable numbers under pressure for the Washington duo are the warning signs for a tough outing against the Eagles.
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OFFENSIVE LINE MATCHUPS TO TARGET
The Saints defensive line currently ranks 28th in the league in pass-rush grade, generating just a 19.8% pressure rate all season, which ranks 30th in the NFL.
The Steelers offensive line hasn’t been outstanding by any stretch, but it also hasn’t been poor, posting a 66.5 pass-blocking grade (16th) while ranking top 10 in pressure rate allowed (21.9%) this season.
TOP PLAYER(S) TO TARGET
WR George Pickens – This season, 91% of Pickens’ 44 targets have come when his quarterback has a clean pocket, as he’s totaled a team-leading 338 receiving yards when there is no pressure on the play. Pickens also ranks second in the NFL among players with at least 25 targets in ADOT (average depth of target) at 15.2 yards, which has helped him land all seven of his explosive plays this year when the pocket is clean.