32 NFL observations after Week 3: TJ Watt's pass-rush prowess, Tyreek Hill's stellar product and more

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• Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt’s 12 quarterback takedowns lead NFL.

Miami Dolphins: Tyreek Hill leads way with 7.48 yards per route run this week.

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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

What can you do if slowing down a pass rush might prove tricky? Get rid of the ball quicker. In the first two weeks of the season, Joshua Dobbs got rid of the ball in under 2.5 seconds 50% of the time. Against the fearsome Cowboys pass rush? That number jumped to 68%.

Atlanta Falcons

Inspired by his position co-leading three interceptions, Jessie Bates III has the fifth-highest coverage grade of all safeties at 85.4

Baltimore Ravens

No quarterback has rushed for more first downs than Lamar Jackson, who with 14 has one more than Jalen Hurts. This is helped by him leading the position not just in yards but also in scramble yards.

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Buffalo Bills

There’s been a lot of good Josh Allen recently. He currently sits second in the entire NFL with an 81.6% adjusted completion percentage.

Carolina Panthers

Frankie Luvu currently sits fourth in the league for the total number of defensive stops with 15.

Chicago Bears

A tough week for Chicago, but free agent signing T.J. Edwards was able to rack up the most defensive stops in the run game for the week with seven.

Cincinnati Bengals

A monster day for Trey Hendrickson, who picked up the most total pressures (10 with two sacks, one hit and seven hurries) and Week 3's best pass rush win percentage (35.3%).

Cleveland Browns

On the year, no edge defender has a higher win percentage on his pass rushes than Myles Garrett. He stands alone with a 32.5% mark.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys really missed Tyron Smith this week. Of tackles with at least 50 pass-blocking snaps, he has allowed the fewest total pressures with just one.

Denver Broncos

OK, so it was a pretty bad day for Denver, but it wasn’t all bad. Quarterback Russell Wilson had the highest grade of any quarterback under pressure (86.9) and second highest on deep balls (94.8).

Detroit Lions

A big day for Sam LaPorta saw him pick up 3.11 yards per route run — the most of any tight end this week.

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Green Bay Packers

In terms of our pass-rushing productivity metric, nobody has scored better than Rashan Gary on the season. He’s turned 44 pass rushes into four sacks, one hit and eight hurries, good for a league-leading 19.3 PRP score.

Houston Texans

Sixth-round rookie Jarrett Patterson is coming off his best game as a professional, and he now has the fewest total pressures allowed of all rookies to pass block at least 100 times with just three.

Indianapolis Colts

A big and somewhat surprising day for Zack Moss against the usually stout Ravens defense. He had a week-leading 10 rushing first downs, the most of any player. He did it in large part by forcing nine missed tackles, also the most of any back this week.

Jacksonville Jaguars

A tough start to the year for Jacksonville but very encouraging stuff at the quarterback spot. Trevor Lawrence is third in the league with a 7.6% big-time throw percentage, and he has the ninth-lowest turnover-worthy play percentage at 2.2%.

Kansas City Chiefs

No offensive lineman has played as many snaps this year without giving him a hit, hurry or pressure than Creed Humphrey (131).

Las Vegas Raiders

It’s a three-way tie for the lead in terms of total pressure. Maxx Crosby is joined at the top by Aidan Hutchinson and T.J. Watt with 19.

Los Angeles Chargers

With 204 yards, no receiver has more yards from the slot than Keenan Allen, who also has three more receptions inside than any other player.

Los Angeles Rams

Respect the play action when Matthew Stafford is the one doing it, as he has completed six big-time throws in this situation, double the next biggest number.

Miami Dolphins

Is anybody surprised that Tyreek Hill had the highest number of yards per route run again this week? His 7.48 score was almost two whole yards better than the next nearest to run over 20 routes.

Minnesota Vikings

Three weeks through the season, Justin Jefferson has the most catches (27) without dropping a pass, and he’s done it whilst catching the most balls of 20 yards or more in the air (six).

New England Patriots

No offensive lineman had a higher run-blocking grade this week than the 95.0 number posted by Trent Brown. It didn’t matter if it was zone (92.4, which ranked first) or gap (94.8 also ranked first), Brown was in a class of his own.

New Orleans Saints

In terms of combined interceptions and pass breakups, Marshon Lattimore (five) is the early pacesetter.

New York Giants

Of players on the field for at least 50 run defense snaps, A’Shawn Robinson has the highest run-stop percentage score at 18.4

New York Jets

Among all defenders who have spent at least 35 snaps in slot coverage, Michael Carter II has the second-lowest number of yards per slot coverage snap allowed at 0.32.

Philadelphia Eagles

It will likely surprise nobody, but Jalen Carter leads all defensive rookies with a fantastic 15 total pressures.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Not content with having a co-lead of total pressures on the year, T.J. Watt has the sole lead in terms of the number of quarterback takedowns (combined sacks and hits). He has 12 already, and second place is all the way down at nine.

San Francisco 49ers

A lot is rightly made of the excellent Nick Bosa, but people shouldn’t ignore Javon Hargrave‘s contribution. He has the highest pass-rushing grade of any interior defender (91.4), sixth highest pass-rush win percentage (21.4) and third most total pressures (13).

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Seattle Seahawks

Last year, Geno Smith was more of a middling quarterback when it came to using play action with a 78.6 grade that was 14th in the league. This year, it’s jumped to 91.4 and is second best.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With a 69.2% completion percentage under pressure, Baker Mayfield has the second-highest number of all quarterbacks.

Tennessee Titans

What do you do when you have some concerns over your offensive line in pass protection? You get the ball out quickly. Ryan Tannehill got rid of the ball in under 2.5 seconds on 70% of his dropbacks, the highest percentage of any QB this week.

Washington Commanders

It’s an NFC East affair when it comes to who has the most rushing first downs on the year. Brian Robinson is tied with both D’Andre Swift and Tony Pollard with 16.


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