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5 PFF stats you need to know from NFL Week 13

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 04: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers reacts to a first down during the second half of a game against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on December 4, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Green Bay defeated Houston 21-13. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Miss a moment of NFL Week 13 action? Here are the five key stats you need to know coming out of Sunday’s slate of games.

[Editor’s note: See the highest-graded players from every NFL Week 13 game here.]

1. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers recorded a perfect passer rating (158.3) when targeting wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

In Green Bay's Week 13 win over the Houston Texans, Packers WR Jordy Nelson earned his highest game grade of the season, tallying eight receptions on eight targets from QB Aaron Rodgers for 118 yards and a touchdown. Nelson pulled in two deep receptions (catches on throws traveling 20 or more yards from the line of scrimmage), and is now tied with Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper for the 18th-highest grade among NFL receivers this season.

2. The Raiders’ offensive line earned a pass-blocking efficiency score of 91.4 in Oakland's win over Buffalo.

That’s the second-best mark in the NFL this week, behind only the Bears' offensive line. The Raiders' O-line allowed just four pressures on QB Derek Carr all game—zero sacks, zero hits, and four hurries—making him the second-least-pressured quarterback in the league. Carr was able to excel as a result, earning an adjusted completion percentage of 80.0 that was eighth-best in the league. Carr is currently No. 5 in PFF’s season grades among QBs, at 88.4, and the ability of the Raiders’ offensive line to keep him clean has played a big role in his success.

3. When given a clean pocket from which to throw in the Giants’ 24-14 loss to the Steelers, New York QB Eli Manning managed a passer rating of just 58.4.

That’s the second-worst rating from a clean pocket all week, better than only Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles. Manning was one of the least-accurate quarterbacks this week, ranking fifth-worst in adjusted completion percentage, at just 65.8. He finished with 195 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, and was zero-for-three on his three attempts that went 20 or more yards downfield. Manning now ranks just 26th for the season in PFF's quarterback grades, at 53.9—just ahead of the likes of Bortles, Case Keenum, and Trevor Siemian.

4. Broncos cornerbacks Bradley Roby, Chris Harris Jr., and Aqib Talib allowed just six catches for 57 yards and zero touchdowns on 20 total targets in Denver’s win over the Jaguars.

The trio also recorded a combined two interceptions (Roby had one, Harris the other). Their respective passer ratings allowed were 0.0 for Roby (best in the NFL this week so far), 2.8 for Harris (second), and 43.8 for Talib (17th). Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles ranked at or near the bottom of most statistical categories this week, as he had zero success against the Broncos’ talented secondary.

5. Rams quarterback Jared Goff was pressured at a higher rate than any other NFL quarterback so far this week.

When Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff was not under pressure, the rookie posted an 86.7 adjusted completion percentage—tied with Cardinals QB Carson Palmer for the fifth-best mark at the position this week. Under duress, however, Goff's adjusted completion percentage dropped to 40.0—the fourth-lowest rate among NFL QBs. While Goff's start to his NFL career hasn't gone as hoped in L.A., better protection could greatly aid the rookie's performance.


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