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We all know that Week 1 is a liar, so let’s go searching for some truth in Week 2. And while it’s often quoted that there are lies, damned lies and statistics, we tend to take a more open-minded approach and believe in some inescapable data-driven truths.
So long-winded intro out the way let’s get to the meat of this meal, and tuck into some of the best stats and grades from Week 2, and the entire season so far.
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Trey McBride has only run 23 routes through two games, but he’s averaging a whopping 2.39 yards per route run, the highest of all tight ends who have run 10 routes or more.
Rookie receiver Zay Flowers is one of four rookies to catch more than seven balls, and the only one of those not to have dropped a pass.
No linebacker has blitzed more than Frankie Luvu. He has rushed the passer 20 times, and he's thrived. His 91.9 pass-rushing grade is the highest of all linebackers.
After completing three-of-four passing attempts aimed 20 yards or more, Justin Fields had the highest deep passing grade this week at 94.8 (minimum three attempts). The problem was his work in the intermediate areas garnered a 38.4 grade, which was the second lowest.
With five defensive stops in the run game, Germaine Pratt has the fifth-highest of all defenders.
When Micah Parsons win, boy does he win quickly. However, he’s not actually “winning” at a higher rate than his own teammate DeMarcus Lawrence, who had the highest win percentage of all defensive players this week at an incredible 47.4% mark.
No quarterback had as much time to throw as Russell Wilson. He led the way with a 3.52-second average time to throw, sack or scramble and only 14.6% of his dropbacks saw him get rid of the ball in under 2.5 seconds (lowest of the week).
Through two weeks, Aidan Hutchinson has a league-leading 13 total pressures (three hits and 10 hurries).
He has only rushed the passer 24 times this year, but Rashan Gary‘s 33.3% win rate is the highest among all edge defenders.
Nico Collins led all receivers this week with six explosive plays (15 yards or more). He helped himself to this figure after forcing a joint high of four missed tackles.
A good day for the Colts offensive line. It had the best pass-blocking efficiency score of any offensive line after the fivesome allowed just one hit and one hurry on 35 pass blocks.
In a strange day for Trevor Lawrence, he only completed 51.2% of his passes but ended the week with the highest volume of big-time throws, totaling five, which was good for an 11.6% score.
Did you notice Chris Jones was back? While he lines up inside and on the edge, this week, he spent more time as an interior lineman and wracked up the best win percentage of all his defensive interior peers at 40.7%.
No tackle has pass blocked as much as Jermaine Eluemunor (54) without giving up a single sack, hit or hurry.
It’s been a rough start for the Chargers results-wise, but they can console themself with the fact Justin Herbert has made the smallest percentage of turnover-worthy plays at just 1.1% after two weeks.
Rookies are supposed to take a bit of time to earn the trust of their quarterback, especially when you’re a fifth-rounder. Somebody should tell Puka Nacua that, as he had the highest threat percentage of any receiver to run more than 15 routes. He was targeted on 36.5% of the routes he ran!
Rookie undrafted free agent Ivan Pace Jr. has made the most tackles 14 (with two assists) without missing one of all linebackers.
Rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez has the second-highest grade of all defenders in zone coverage with his 90.7 score.
No quarterback has completed more deep passes (20 yards or more in the air) than Derek Carr. He is up at seven on the year, although it does help he has attempted two more than anyone else (15).
If you saw Thursday Night Football, you saw D’Andre Swift run all over the Vikings. He didn’t just have the most yards on the ground (175), he had the most first downs (10) on the ground as well.
No other defender has inflicted as much pain and misery on quarterbacks as the relentless T.J. Watt. His four sacks and four quarterback hits give him a league-leading eight quarterback takedowns.
No team has a higher pass-rushing grade than the 88.4 the 49ers have managed. The two biggest inspirations here are Nick Bosa (91.4) and Javon Hargrave (85.7), as the two have picked up 17 total pressures.
The winner of the weekly award for most yards per route run is Mike Evans in Week 2. He scored a 6.11 figure after turning his 28 receiving snaps into 171 yards.
After a tough Week 1, Ryan Tannehill was much improved in Week 2. He recorded the highest adjusted completion percentage of all quarterbacks with 95.7%, as well as the highest passing grade (93.0).
Cornerback Benjamin St-Juste has the lowest yards allowed per snap in slot coverage of all cornerbacks who have spent at least 20 snaps in the slot (0.14).