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Inside The Gamebook - Week 6

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Over their last four games, the New England Patriots have allowed the quarterback position to put up 1,362 yards against them and have given up 13 passing touchdowns. That is an average of 340 yards and 3.25 touchdowns per game. They have given up a league-high 33 pass plays of 20-plus yards and are allowing an above-average 64.4 completion percentage, which is the ninth-highest percentage allowed in the league.

The opposing team’s No. 1 wide receivers have combined for 411 yards and three touchdowns, while the opposing No. 2 receivers have combined for 233 yards (average of 58.25 yards per game) with three touchdowns as well. The tight end position has put up 217 yards (average of 54.25 yards per game) with four touchdowns.

The New Orleans Saints have allowed 673 passing yards and six passing touchdowns to the quarterback position over their past two games. They have given up 20 pass plays of 20-plus yards and are allowing an above-average 67.6 completion percentage, which is the fourth highest in the league. The opposing team’s No. 1 wide receivers have combined for 201 yards and one touchdown during this span, but the position has combined for an average of 98.6 yards per game, totaling 493 yards so far this season. The No. 2 receivers have posted 56 and 67 yards receiving with two touchdowns apiece over the past two games.

The Green Bay Packers have allowed 1,063 passing yards and five passing touchdowns to the quarterback position over their past three games. They have given up 20 pass plays of 20-plus yards but are allowing a below average 58.4 completion percentage. During this three-game span, the opposing team’s No. 1 wide receivers have posted 440 yards and two touchdowns. The tight end position has posted 73 yards or more per game with one touchdown over the past three matchups against the Packers.

The Cleveland Browns have allowed 996 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns to the quarterback position over their past three games. They have given up 19 pass plays of 20-plus yards and are allowing an above average 63.3 completion percentage. The opposing team’s No. 1 wide receivers have combined for 282 yards and six touchdowns during this three-game stretch.

The Washington Redskins have allowed 310 yards or more passing with two or more touchdowns in five-out-of-six games this season and they allowed 299 yards passing with one touchdown in the other game. Their 328.3 yards against average leads the league. They have allowed 26 pass plays of 20-plus yards and an above-average 63.2 completion percentage. Tampa Bay is the only other team with a yards against average of more than 300 (312.2 yards per game), but they have only surrendered four passing touchdowns compared to Washington’s 15 passing touchdowns allowed.

The Tennessee Titans lead the league with an average 71.9 completion percent allowed, and they are followed by the Oakland Raiders (average 70.2 completion percentage allowed). No other teams are higher than a 68 completion percent.

The Indianapolis Colts have allowed four-out-of-five teams to average better than 4.35 yards per carry to the running back position. They are tied for the third highest team average with a 5.0 yard per carry allowed, and four different running backs have averaged more than 5.0 yards per carry against them. Two different teams have had multiple touchdown efforts against them, and they have given eight rushing touchdowns to the running back position. They have allowed seven rushing plays of more than 20 yards.

The New Orleans Saints are tied with Indianapolis for the third-highest team average allowed at 5 yards per carry allowed to the running back position. Four-out-of-five teams have averaged 4.47 yards per carry or better. Two different teams have had multiple touchdown efforts against them, and they have given up seven touchdowns to the running back position. They have allowed six rushing plays of more than 20 yards.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed four-out-of-five teams to average better than 4.43 yards per carry to the running back position. They are tied for the fourth-highest team average with a 4.7 yard per carry allowed. Two different teams have had multiple touchdown efforts against them, and they have given up seven touchdowns to the running back position. They have given up four rushing plays of more than 20 yards.

The Baltimore Ravens are averaging just 3.8 yards per carry allowed on the season, but they have given up 200 team rushing yards or more in their past two games. The team lost Ray Lewis and Ladarius Webb to injuries, and, with Terrell Suggs still sidelined, they suddenly appear to be vulnerable on the defensive side of the ball.