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32 NFL observations, Week 11

Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) reacts after a stop in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Another week, another 32 Observations by Nathan Jahnke finding an interesting piece of information about all 32 teams after one week of football.

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Buffalo Bills: Since the start of the 2015 season, 55 defenders have missed tackles on Tyrod Taylor’s rushing attempts. No other quarterback has more than 23.

Miami Dolphins: Over the last two seasons combined when Matt Moore is under pressure, he has a passer rating of 84.8. That is second-best for healthy quarterbacks behind Tom Brady.

New England Patriots:  When cornerback Jonathan Jones doesn’t line up in press coverage, he has allowed a catch rate of 46.4 percent. That is third-best behind A.J. Bouye and Patrick Peterson for cornerbacks thrown at 20 or more times outside of press.

New York Jets: Linebacker Demario Davis has 40 stops which is third-most for all linebackers. Over the last five seasons, he’s been incredibly consistent getting 39-42 stops each season. Assuming he keeps up his good play, he should have a career-high in stops after this week.


Baltimore Ravens: When cornerback Jimmy Smith has been targeted, he’s allowed a passer rating of 25.7. If he can keep that up, that would be the best rate for a cornerback in a season over the last 12 years. The current second-best is Darrelle Revis in 2009 at 29.1.

Cincinnati Bengals: Punter Kevin Huber has pinned opponents within their 20 yard line 25 times this season, which is tied for the most among punters.

Cleveland Browns: Defensive end Carl Nassib has an average depth of tackle of -0.1 which is tied for the best among edge defenders with 10 or more tackles.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Defensive end Stephon Tuitt has an average depth of tackle of -0.8 which is the best for all interior defensive linemen this season.


Houston Texans: Since Week 8, Jadeveon Clowney has 20 pressures which is the most for all 3-4 outside linebackers.

Indianapolis Colts: When Al Woods lines up at nose tackle, he has 14 run stops which is tied for second-most behind Damon Harrison.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Only 29.6 percent of Brad Nortman’s punts have been returned which is the second-lowest rate for punters this season.

Tennessee Titans: When DeMarco Murray carries the ball in the redzone, he’s averaged 0.38 defenders miss tackles on him per carry. That is the second-best rate for backs behind Marshawn Lynch.


Denver Broncos: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has 3.71 yards per route run on slant routes. That is third-best for wide receivers this year.

Kansas City Chiefs: Wide receiver Tyreek Hill has 4.03 yards per route run on go routes, which is the best for wide receivers. On 75 go routes run, he has six catches for 302 yards and three touchdowns.

Los Angeles Chargers: Running back Austin Ekeler is averaging 4.54 yards per route run on pivot routes, which are the most for running backs this season.

Oakland Raiders: This year, Marshawn Lynch has run the ball seven times with five yards to go or fewer for a touchdown. On six of those seven, he has not been brought down on first contact, and he’s had five defenders miss tackles on those carries. His avoiding tackles on first contact and total missed tackles within five yards are both the best for running backs.


Dallas Cowboys: Over the last two seasons combined when there is no pressure on him, Dak Prescott has a passer rating of 111.1. That is third-best for healthy quarterbacks.

New York Giants: Center Brett Jones has not allowed a pressure over the last three games, which is tied for the longest pressure-less streak for centers.

Philadelphia Eagles: Since the start of the 2015 season, 110 defenders have missed tackles on LeGarrette Blount carries. That is the second-most for backs in that time span.

Washington: Since the start of the 2016 season, Kirk Cousins has an adjusted completion percentage of 84.7 percent on play action passes. That is the best rate in the league.


Chicago Bears: Since Week 5, Charles Leno has allowed seven pressures. His 96.7 pass blocking efficiency in that time is second-best for all left tackles.

Detroit Lions: Linebacker Tahir Whitehead has eight stops in the red zone, which is the most for linebackers this season.

Green Bay Packers: Punter Justin Vogel has yet to have a punt touched back. He has 44 punts which is the most among punters who have yet to have a punt touched back.

Minnesota Vikings: Over the last two seasons combined, Everson Griffen has exactly 100 pressures when lined up on the defense's right side. He is the only defensive player with 100 or more pressures from the defense's right in that time.


Atlanta Falcons: Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett has eight stops in the red zone, which is the most for defensive tackles this season.

Carolina Panthers: Since the start of the 2014 season, linebacker Luke Kuechly has 97 stops in the pass game which is the most for all linebackers. In second, is teammate Thomas Davis with 93.

New Orleans Saints: When tight end Coby Fleener is targeted in the fourth quarter, Drew Brees has a passer rating of 153.5. Brees has completed 11-of-12 fourth quarter passes to Fleener for 136 yards and two touchdowns. That is the best rate for a tight end in the fourth quarter this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tight end O.J. Howard has 164 yards on crossing routes which is the most for tight ends. His 5.86 yards per route run on crossing routes is also the best for tight ends.


Arizona Cardinals: Over his last three games, left guard Alex Boone has not allowed a sack or hit, and has only allowed two hurries. His 98.7 pass blocking efficiency in that time is third-best for all guards.

Los Angeles Rams: Running back Todd Gurley has 143 receiving yards on halfback screens, which is the most for any running back this season.

San Francisco 49ers: Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell has batted four passes this season, which is tied for second-most for all interior defenders.

Seattle Seahawks: Tight end Jimmy Graham leads all tight ends in fourth quarter touchdowns with four. His teammate Luke Willson is tied for second with three.

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