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32 NFL observations after Week 12: Dak Prescott's big-time throws, Myles Garrett's pass-rush dominance and more

2T701HA Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, right, celebrates his touchdown run with teammate CeeDee Lamb (88) in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott continues his month to remember with more big-time throws.

Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett still wins more than any other pass-rusher.

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Each week, we’ve been taking a look at some of the more interesting nuggets readers can find out about teams with our “Premium Stats” product —whether it’s who the best pass-rushers are, who the most productive receivers are, or who grades the best at certain positions.

With a little time, we’ve trawled through to see what caught our eye not just from this week's action but for the season overall.

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Arizona Cardinals

Since returning, there is one thing that Kyler Murray has done exceptionally well — be safe throwing the ball. His 1.5% of throws being turnover-worthy is the third lowest of any quarterback in the last four weeks.

Atlanta Falcons

A big day for Matthew Bergeron, who picked up the best grade of his young career. His pass blocking was good, but his run blocking was on a whole different level, as his 92.6 grade was better than anything anyone else could manage.

Baltimore Ravens

Linebacker Patrick Queen is second of all defenders in coverage defensive stops. He’s logged 21 stops, one behind Foyesade Oluokun and level with Quincy Williams.

Buffalo Bills

A tough loss for Buffalo but a big day for Josh Allen‘s intermediate throws. He recorded four big-time throws on balls placed between 10 and 19 yards in the air, two more than the next-best passer.

Carolina Panthers

No tackle had as many true pass sets in protection as Taylor Moton without giving up a pressure, sack or hit.

Chicago Bears

With 56 receptions and no drops, Cole Kmet has caught the most balls this year without dropping one.

Cincinnati Bengals

Ja’Marr Chase has been particularly effective in the slot this year. His 2.97 yards per route run ranks seventh among all receivers.

Cleveland Browns

The gap is narrowing, but Myles Garrett still has the best win rate of any pass-rusher this season. His 24.9% mark is a whole percentage point higher than second-placed Micah Parsons.

Dallas Cowboys

With six completions that went at least 20 yards in the air, Dak Prescott had three more than any other player this week. Nonetheless, Dak is anything but a one-week wonder — over the past month, he is playing the best football of his career. In fact, he has the highest big-time throw percentage of any passer in that period (10.3%) and the second-lowest turnover-worthy play mark (1.2%).

Denver Broncos

Edge defender Nik Bonitto had the highest pass-rushing productivity score of all defenders this week. His 32.4 score was due to picking up two sacks, a hit and six hurries on 19 pass rushes.

Detroit Lions

Of all receivers to run at least 15 pass routes this week, Kalif Raymond had the highest yards per route run mark. He turned his 17 routes into 90 yards and a 5.29 YPRR mark.

Green Bay Packers

Jordan Love was able to punish the Lions while using play-action. Only Jalen Hurts had a better grade than his 91.7 here, as he completed 10-of-13 attempts for 150 yards and a touchdown.

Houston Texans

C.J. Stroud was exceptional against the blitz this week. He had the second-highest grade (90.7) of all quarterbacks, completing 10-of-13 attempts for 137 yards.

Indianapolis Colts

Jonathan Taylor had the most runs of 10 yards or more (four) and joint highest number of first downs (eight) among all rushers this week.

Jacksonville Jaguars

No defender picked up more pressures this week than Josh Allen. He notched 12 to beat a host of players who ended up with nine.

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes was the most accurate quarterback this week. His 90.3% adjusted accuracy completion percentage was the top mark.

Las Vegas Raiders

Malcolm Koonce had the highest pass rush win percentage of any defender this week. He won 34.8% of his pass-rushing reps.

Los Angeles Chargers

Over the past month, Keenan Allen has the second-highest yards per route run number for any receiver to run over 100 routes in that period.

Los Angeles Rams

With four forced incompletions, Jordan Fuller had more than any other defender this week, narrowly beating out Charvarius Ward and his own teammate Ahkello Witherspoon.

Miami Dolphins

It’s not just that Tyreek Hill can get in behind you, it’s what he can do after the catch. The yearly leader in yards per route run is also the leader for forced missed tackles after the catch with 21.

Minnesota Vikings

Of all defensive backs, Josh Metellus has made the most tackles in the run game (20) without missing one.

New England Patriots

Trent Brown had the second-highest gap run blocking grade of all offensive tackles this week. Only Penei Sewell was able to beat his 91.5 score.

New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara remains one of the most productive receiving backs in the league. In fact, his 1.83 yards per route run number over the season is the best of all running backs to run at least 60 pass routes.

New York Giants

Bobby Okereke has made more tackles in the run game (56) than any other player. The next highest number is 50.

New York Jets

The super-active Quincy Williams leads the NFL in defensive stops against the run. He has 35 to lead Bobby Okereke by two.

Philadelphia Eagles

Zach Cunningham has made his presence felt against the run. He has recorded a defensive stop on 13.2% of the running plays he’s been on the field for, a percentage only bettered by Elandon Roberts.

Pittsburgh Steelers

A big day for Pat Freiermuth, who had the highest yards per route run number for any tight end this week. His 5.22-yard score was significantly better than the second-placed Travis Kelce‘s 2.94-yard effort.

San Francisco 49ers

Over the past four weeks, only Micah Parsons has a better pass-rushing win percentage score than Nick Bosa. He is winning a quarter of his pass rushes as he wreaks havoc on tackles.

Seattle Seahawks

No rookie cornerback is grading as well as Devon Witherspoon and his 81.5 coverage grade. His ability to play the ball has really stood out. His nine pass breakups rank fourth among all cornerbacks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cornerback Carlton Davis III had five defensive stops in coverage. That was the most of any defender in Week 12.

Tennessee Titans

It can be hard to stop Derrick Henry when he gets going, and this was one of those weeks. He forced eight missed tackles running the ball, most of any player this week.

Washington Commanders

Is any quarterback more accustomed to facing pressure than Sam Howell? He faced it on 24 dropbacks this week but was able to pick up the most yards whilst doing so. He ended up with 161 passing yards when pressured.


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