32 NFL observations after Week 4: Micah Parsons' pass-rush impact, Patrick Mahomes escaping pressure and more

2RW9HFK Dallas Cowboys' Micah Parsons gestures to fans as they cheer the team on during an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Dallas Cowboys: Micah Parsons led the way in Week 4 with 10 pressures.

Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes is the best at preventing pressure from turning into sacks.

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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

Rookie receiver Michael Wilson is one of the two members of the 2023 draft class to have four deep ball receptions along with Marvin Mims.

Atlanta Falcons

Falcons fans likely expected to see one of their own lead the weekly yards per route run by a tight end this year, but they probably didn’t expect it to be Jonnu Smith with his 4.13-yard mark for Week 4.

Baltimore Ravens

Quarterback Lamar Jackson has the fourth-highest adjusted completion percentage at 81%.

Buffalo Bills

A big day for DaQuan Jones, who would end up winning 32.1% of his 28 pass rushes — the highest amount for any defensive interior player this week.

Carolina Panthers

Derrick Brown has made the most tackles in the run game (15) without missing a tackle.

Chicago Bears

It was a demoralizing defeat for the Bears, but there were some bright spots. As has been the case this year, Justin Fields‘ deep passing was impressive. He had the most deep completions (four) and third highest grade (91.9) on his deep throws.

Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow is doing his best to keep himself as healthy as possible for the most part. He had the lowest average time to throw (2.25 seconds) in Week 4 and recorded the highest percentage of dropbacks under 2.5 seconds (68.6%). 

Cleveland Browns

After allowing just 4-of-14 catches when he is in primary coverage, Martin Emerson Jr. has the lowest allowed completion percentage of any player targeted at least 10 times.

Dallas Cowboys

It looked at one stage like Micah Parsons' day may have ended early due to an ankle injury, but the pass-rusher came back and picked up the most pressures of any player this week with 10. He also posted the highest pass-rush win rate of anyone to rush the passer more than 20 times.

Denver Broncos

Quarterback Russell Wilson is currently ranked fourth of all quarterbacks with his 95.0 grade when going deep. He is also third in terms of big-time throws on deep throws.

Detroit Lions

Guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai is the only offensive lineman to have spent more than 50 snaps in pass protection without giving up a pressure or committing a penalty on any play.

Green Bay Packers

It’s getting tighter at the top, but Rashan Gary has the best win percentage of any player to rush the passer at least 50 times. His 33.3% score narrowly edges out Myles Garrett.

Houston Texans

By a distance, C.J. Stroud has the highest grade (73.3) among all rookie quarterbacks. You have to go back to 2020 and Joe Burrow to find a rookie quarterback who has graded better in his first four games.

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Indianapolis Colts

Dayo Odeyingbo had one of the best games of his career on Sunday, in large part due to some excellent work in the run game. He led all defenders with five defensive stops in the run game this week.

Jacksonville Jaguars

With 202 yards, Christian Kirk has gained the second-most yardage from the slot of all players.

Kansas City Chiefs

Not the best day for Patrick Mahomes, but he came away with the win nonetheless. He also has the lowest percentage of pressure turned into sacks, with just 3.6% of the pressure he faces becoming a sack.

Las Vegas Raiders

Three players in the league have 27 combined sacks, hits and hurries. Aidan Hutchinson, Micah Parsons and the Raiders' Maxx Crosby lead the way.

Los Angeles Chargers

Keenan Allen leads the league in terms of catches without a drop. He is up to 35, two ahead of Justin Jefferson.

Los Angeles Rams

It wasn’t exactly a slow start to the season for Aaron Donald, but it’s only been the last two weeks he’s really hit the heights we’ve become accustomed to. That has propelled him to the highest number of pressures from any defensive interior player with 22.

Miami Dolphins

Of all receivers to run at least 100 routes, Tyreek Hill has the best yards per route run number at 3.92.

Minnesota Vikings

Nobody has caught more deep balls than Justin Jefferson. He leads the league with seven.

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New England Patriots

Patriots tight end Hunter Henry has caught the most intermediate balls (10-19 yards in the air) of all tight ends with seven.

New Orleans Saints

No player has been targeted more down the field than Chris Olave. The Saints have gone to him deeper than 20 yards 13 times.

New York Giants

No quarterback has scrambled as much as Daniel Jones, who leads the way with 17.

New York Jets

Allowing just 0.29 yards per slot snap in coverage, Michael Carter II has the lowest mark of all defenders.

Philadelphia Eagles

With a 93.5 grade, tackle Jordan Mailata has the highest score for any offensive lineman when it comes to run blocking on zone plays.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Cornerback Joey Porter Jr. is allowing one reception for every seven targets.

San Francisco 49ers

Brandon Aiyuk led all receivers this week in terms of yards per route run. He managed 148 on just 19 routes, good for a 7.79-yard score.

Seattle Seahawks

Along with T.J. Edwards, Bobby Wagner leads the league in defensive stops in the run game with 16.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Safe to say Tristan Wirfs has made a seamless transition to the left side of the line. He is one of two tackles to have pass blocked over 100 times and allowed two or fewer pressures.

Tennessee Titans

Are we allowed to insert a “Return of the King” pun? Too late. Derrick Henry had broken only five tackles running the ball in the first three weeks of the season, but he managed nine alone in Week 4. That was the highest of all runners.

Washington Commanders

Chase Young is one of three defensive ends to rush exclusively from one side (the right side). By contrast James Smith-Williams is one of three who have spent an equal amount of time rushing from the left and from the right side.


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