In a sport that can feel wholly trapped in small sample size theater, reaching midseason point is a significant mark in identifying which preseason narratives are borne from data while taking stock of the unexpected storylines that have cropped up.
So far, the Arizona Cardinals are much better than anyone predicted, the Cleveland Browns haven’t taken the next step into contention, and whoever wins the NFC seems poised to raise the Lombardi trophy.
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Each week, we will examine the data and film to find the best and worst of the NFL action on both sides of the ball.
Like: Trevor Lawrence’s Growth
|Trevor Lawrence games||Dropbacks||% of Passes Beyond 1st Down Marker||Completion %||Passer Rating||Passing Grade|
|Week 6 vs MIA||44||29%||61%||93.4||82.3|
|Week 5 vs TEN||38||45%||70%||92.1||56.1|
|Week 4 vs CIN||28||29%||71%||96.5||73.5|
|Week 3 vs ARZ||40||44%||65%||68.1||50.3|
Turning a corner, over the hump, cleared the hurdle — the adages apply when talking about Lawrence’s progression over the last month. While he’s had his share of rough moments in his inaugural NFL campaign, his performances are beginning to level off.
Lawrence is learning an invaluable lesson in professional quarterbacking — what you’re singularly capable of is rarely more important than knowing how to counter the way defenses are playing. Luckily, Lawrence has been a fast learner.