Week 2 of the 2013 NFL regular season is in the books. The Bengals turned the page on their own second chapter of the season with a convincing 20-10 thumping of the Pittsburgh Steelers and making a thunderous statement that this just may well be the year of the Tiger in the AFC North. The dissection of each and every game down to the last down is certainly a popular perspective to take throughout “Twittersphere” and “Blog Talk”, but most of the chatter is driven by emotional and personal bias regarding one’s disdain for or fervent following of a particular club.
Looking at a game with an unbiased eye for the analytics, now that takes discipline. ProFootballFocus.com continues to do an outstanding job in bringing us the stats that tell the story and aren’t driven by whose jersey is hanging in the closet. Nathan Jahnke takes this opportunity to present 32 observations from week 2 through a Pro Football Focus perspective. Big, big fan of this site and the work they’re doing.
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32 Observations, Week 2
We are now two weeks into the season which means we have twice as much data as we did last week. While we’re obviously not looking at season-long trends, it is enough time to find more things to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Here are 32 Observations that would have been hard to predict two weeks ago.
Buffalo Bills: There are 10 inside/middle linebackers in the league who have yet to miss a tackle. The only pair of teammates are Kiko Alonso andArthur Moats.
Miami Dolphins: The tight end leading the league in Yards Per Route Run is Charles Clay at 3.08.
New England Patriots: Quarterback Tom Brady has an Accuracy Percentage of 62.5%, which is the league’s third-lowest mark, just ahead of Josh Freeman and Blaine Gabbert.
New York Jets: Second-year undrafted nose tackle Damon Harrison has a Run Stop Percentage of 14.8, which is the second-best for all defensive/nose tackles.
Baltimore Ravens: In 2008, Terrell Suggs had a 10.7 Run Stop Percentage which was second best amongst 4-3 defensive ends. It has decreased every year since then and was down to 5.8 last year. In 2013, he apparently has found the fountain of youth, as his RS% of 22.6% is leading all 3-4 outside linebackers.
Cincinnati Bengals: After being one of the best five defensive tackles in Run Stop Percentage in 2012, Geno Atkins has yet to have a run stop in 2013. He is one of just two defensive/nose tackles that has played at least 30 snaps without one.
Cleveland Browns: In 2012 as a rookie Mitchell Schwartz played every single offensive snap at right tackle and allowed just 33 pressures on the entire year. In just two games, Schwartz is already over half way to that number with 18 pressures allowed. His five sacks allowed this year has already matched last year.
Pittsburgh Steelers: After a sub-par 2012, Lamarr Woodley is having a strong start to 2013 with a Pass Rushing Productivity of 16.4% which is third-best for 3-4 outside linebackers. Unfortunately it doesn’t matter much who is lining up on the other side of him as Jason Worilds has yet to have a pressure while Jarvis Jones just has two.