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Inside The Gamebook - Week 4

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Atlanta is leading the league with a 36 percent touchdown per possession ratio while averaging 3.7 touchdowns per game. Matt Ryan is ranked second with 21 red zone attempts and is tied for the most passing touchdowns with eight, all of which have come in the red zone. Julio Jones leads the league with seven red zone targets and has three red zone touchdowns. Tony Gonzalez has converted three of his four red zone targets into touchdowns and is tied for second-most first down receptions with 17. Roddy White has the fourth-most first down receptions. Michael Turner is tied for fifth-most red zone rushes with 11. Harry Douglas has converted 89 percent of his targets into receptions and is an addition worth considering if Jones or White were to miss time.

Buffalo is second in the league with a 32 percent touchdown per possession ratio while averaging 3.7 touchdowns per game. Ryan Fitzpatrick has eight touchdowns and is tied for the most passing touchdowns in the league. Out of those eight touchdowns, five have been converted on 10 red zone attempts and he is ranked second in the league with a 111.7 quarterback rating in the red zone. However, the team averages the fourth-least amount of passing attempts at 28.7 per game and has the third-least deep target attempts of more than 20 yards with 10 on the season. Outside of Steve Johnson, there isn’t a lot to be desired in the passing game. They are tied for the seventh-most rushing attempts, averaging 32 per game.

Pittsburgh is third in the league with a 31 percent touchdown per possession ratio while averaging three touchdowns per game. Ben Roethlisberger is tied for the third most red zone attempts with 18 and has a 108.6 quarterback rating in the red zone. He is tied for the most passing touchdowns with eight, and six have come in the red zone. The team is tied for sixth-most passing attempts, averaging 40 per game. They are tied for fourth-most deep target attempts of more than 20 yards with 24 on the season. Heath Miller leads the team with eight red zone targets, which is more than Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown combined. Emmanuel Sanders has converted 63 percent of his targets into receptions and is an addition worth considering if Wallace or Brown were to miss time. They only have one rushing touchdown and are tied for the ninth-least amount of rushing attempts, averaging 24.7 per game.

Entering Thursday’s game, Baltimore is fourth in the league with a 30 percent touchdown per possession ratio while averaging 3.3 touchdowns per game. Joe Flacco has six passing touchdowns but only two of them have come inside the red zone on eight attempts. Dennis Pitta has four of those red zone targets and Ray Rice has two of them. They lead the league for most deep target attempts of more than 20 yards with 31. Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones both have five receptions apiece more than 20 yards.

The New York Giants are fifth in the league with a 29 percent touchdown per possession ratio while averaging three touchdowns per game. Eli Manning is tied for the fourth-most red zone attempts with 17 but has only converted six of them into receptions with just two touchdown passes in the red zone. The team has 21 rushing attempts inside the red zone with Andre Brown leading the team with 10 attempts and three touchdowns. Martellus Bennett leads the team with six red zone targets. They are tied for sixth-most passing attempts, averaging 40 per game, and are ranked eighth for least amount of rushing attempts, averaging 24.3 per game.

St. Louis is last in the league with a 12 percent touchdown per possession ratio while averaging 1.3 touchdowns per game. In two road games this season they only have one passing touchdown and one failed red zone possession. They are one of only two teams that do not have a rushing touchdown this season. Three of their passing touchdowns have come in their only home game so far. They are tied for the fourth-least deep target attempts of more than 20 yards with 12 on the season. They are tied for the second-most sacks allowed at 12 but they’ve also allowed the fourth-most quarterback hits at 21.

Tennessee is second from last in the league with a 13 percent touchdown per possession ratio while averaging 1.3 touchdowns per game. They are 0-for-4 in the red zone at home this season. They are the other team that has yet to score a touchdown on the ground and are averaging a league-worst 15 rushing attempts per game. They have one passing touchdown on the road this season.

Philadelphia is third from last in the league with a 13 percent touchdown per possession ratio while averaging 1.7 touchdowns per game. They have turned the ball over 12 times through three games. They are tied for the fifth most sacks allowed with nine, but have also allowed the most quarterback hits in the league at 28. However, they are ranked eighth in rushing attempts averaging 30.7 per game. They are also ranked fourth in pass attempts, averaging 41.7 per game and are ranked second for most deep target attempts of more than 20 yards with 30.

Entering Thursday’s game, Cleveland is fourth from last in the league with a 13 percent touchdown per possession ratio while averaging 1.7 touchdowns per game. They have only had two red zone possessions so far this season. They have the fourth least rushing attempts, averaging 19.3 per game.



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