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Inside The Gamebook – Early Games Week 2

(Season numbers in parentheses)


OAKLAND at BUFFALO

OAKLAND

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 44.5 (30.9)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 50 percent (30 percent)


RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 4-for-4, 100 percent (6-for-8, 75 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 10, Pass 4 (Rush 16, Pass 8)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 3, 20-plus Pass 5 (Rush 10, Pass 5)



DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 7 (10)

Injuries to the wide receiver position opened the door for Denarius Moore to start this past week and he didn’t disappoint with 146 yards and a 50-yard touchdown on five receptions. Six of his eight targets were for 20-plus yards and he hauled in three of them. His role is going to increase and he is worth an addition.





BUFFALO

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 52.6 (38.5)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 50 percent (42 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 4-for 5, 80 percent (8-for 10, 80 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 3, Pass 10 (Rush 12, Pass 16)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 8, Pass 0 (Rush 12, Pass 2)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 3 (9)

An injury to Robert Parrish has given David Nelson the opportunity to solidify a role in the offense and he is worth an addition. He has 14 receptions on 19 targets for 149 yards and a 6-yard touchdown. His four red zone targets are tied for the third-most on the team, and Buffalo is averaging a league-high 39.5 points per game.


GREEN BAY at CAROLINA


GREEN BAY

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 33.2 (36.3)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 25 percent (36 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 1-for-4, 25 percent (5-for-8, 63 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 3, Pass 6 (Rush 9, Pass 12)


BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 3, 20-plus Pass 3 (Rush 6, Pass 7)



DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 7 (14)

Ryan Grant’s average per rush and reception dipped in Week 2 while James Starks averages both rose. Their touches have remained similar through the first two weeks except Starks has been on the field more in the second half. Grant also has zero touches inside of the 10-yard line while Starks has three. He has already begun to take over more control of the running game and will have more long term value than Grant.

CAROLINA

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 38.5 (39.2)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 17 percent (21 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 2-for 6, 33 percent (3-for 8, 38 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 7, Pass 11 (Rush 9, Pass 15)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 1, 20-plus Pass 8 (Rush 4, Pass 15)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 9 (17)

Brandon Lafell is someone to keep on the radar for now. He has eight receptions on 10 targets for 119 yards and a 3-yard touchdown. He has drastically outplayed Legedu Naanee, who only has three receptions on 12 targets for 35 yards. Carolina is currently second in the league with a 403.5 yard passing average per game and Lafell’s role is likely to increase as he develops more of a rapport with Cam Newton.


KANSAS CITY at DETROIT


KANSAS CITY

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 18.7 (17.8)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 0 percent (4 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 0-for-1, 0 percent (1-for-3, 33 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 2, Pass 0 (Rush 2, Pass 5)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 4, 20-plus Pass 1 (Rush 5, Pass 1)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 4 (9)

While Thomas Jones will start in place of the injured Jamaal Charles, Dexter McCluster might be the one to keep an eye on. Jones has 14 carries for 43 yards and zero targets in relief work so far this season. On the other hand, McCluster has 93 yards on 12 carries and 10 targets in two games. Take a wait-and-see approach for now to see how the team splits up the touches and if his role increases he will have some value.

DETROIT

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 30.4 (33.5)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 43 percent (36 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 5-for-6, 83 percent (7-for-10, 70 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 8, Pass 12 (Rush 11, Pass 20)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 3, 20-plus Pass 6 (Rush 5, Pass 10)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 7 (13)

Titus Young flashed some big-play ability in Week 2 with five receptions for 89 yards. Three of his seven targets were for 20-plus yards and he hauled in two of them. Detroit is currently second in the league for points scored and they are sixth in the league with a 313.5 yard passing average per game. He could make an impact on what should remain an explosive offense. He is someone to keep an eye on for now to see if his progress continues.


CLEVELAND at INDIANAPOLIS


CLEVELAND

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 24.9 (21.9)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 25 percent (19 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 2-for-4, 50 percent (3-for-6, 50 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 9, Pass 4 (Rush 12, Pass 9)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 2, 20-plus Pass 2 (Rush 3, Pass 4)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 2 (6)

Evan Moore only had one target in Week 2 but it went for a 16-yard touchdown. He now has a touchdown reception in each game and is becoming a target in the red zone. He will not get a lot of looks with Ben Watson involved but if his prowess around the red zone continues he could be used as a bye week replacement.

INDIANAPOLIS

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 26 (21.6)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 8 percent (12 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 1-for-3, 33 percent (2-for-6, 33 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 4, Pass 6 (Rush 5, Pass 8)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 3, 20-plus Pass 2 (Rush 4, Pass 4)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 5 (9)

Through the first two games the workload between Joseph Addai and Delone Carter has been about a 60/40 split. However, Carter has five red zone touches compared to zero looks for Addai. He will hold more long-term value if this trend continues and is someone to keep an eye on to see if his progress continues.


TAMPA BAY at MINNESOTA


TAMPA BAY

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 33.5 (31.5)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 30 percent (19 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 1-for-3, 33 percent (2-for-7, 29 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 2, Pass 4 (Rush 3, Pass 12)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 3, 20-plus Pass 2 (Rush 4, Pass 3)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 3 (7)

While Arrelious Benn had a 25-yard touchdown last week it was Preston Parker who led the team in targets at the receiver position. An injury to Sammie Stroughter opened the door for Parker to work exclusively out of the slot. Stroughter is going to miss some time. For the year, Parker has 10 receptions on 13 targets for 142 yards compared to Benn’s five receptions on ninr targets for 52 yards and the touchdown. He is someone to keep on the radar for now to see if his progress continues.

MINNESOTA

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 43.4 (31)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 22 percent (16 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 2-for-4, 50 percent (3-for-6, 50 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 9, Pass 5 (Rush 11, Pass 7)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 8, 20-plus Pass 1 (Rush 13, Pass 1)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 5 (6)

Outside of Percy Harvin it is hard to like the prospects of anyone else right now until Minnesota shows some improvement in the passing game. They are currently ranked as the second worst passing team in the league.


CHICAGO at NEW ORLEANS


CHICAGO

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 17.5 (23.8)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 8 percent (12 percent)


RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 1-for-1, 100 percent (2-for-4, 50 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 3, Pass 1 (Rush 3, Pass 8)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 2, Pass 1 (Rush 4, Pass 5)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 4 (8)

Dane Sanzenbacher had the lone touchdown for Chicago in Week 2. An injury to Earl Bennett led to his increased role this past week. Roy Williams was also out in Week 2 and if injuries continue at the position he will see an increase in playing time. He is not roster worthy at this time but is a name to remember as the season progresses.

NEW ORLEANS

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 27.2 (38.6)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 23 percent (26 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 2-for-4, 50 percent (3-for-9, 33 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 6, Pass 5 (Rush 13, Pass 14)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 1, 20-plus Pass 2 (Rush 2, Pass 7)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 2 (13)

Out of the Saints’ 27 red zone plays, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles have combined for 18 of those plays. After both players received five touches apiece in the red zone in Week 1, Sproles only had three touches in Week 2 compared to Ingram’s five touches. Ingram had all three touches inside the 10-yard line and now has five on the season while Sproles has two. Sproles has been the hotter player of the two but Ingram will hold more long term value as the season progresses.


JACKSONVILLE at NEW YORK JETS


JACKSONVILLE

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 14.5 (22)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 0 percent (4 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 0-for-0, 0 percent (0-for-1, 0 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 0, Pass 0 (Rush 6, Pass 2)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 4, 20-plus Pass 1 (Rush 6, Pass 3)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 6 (7)

There are better options out there than anything Jacksonville has to offer in the passing game right now. They are currently ranked as the third worst passing team in the league averaging a mere 125.5 yards passing per game right now.

NEW YORK JETS

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 20.8 (26)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 23 percent (20 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 3-for-4, 75 percent (4-for-6, 67 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 2, Pass 1 (Rush 3, Pass 5)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 3, 20-plus Pass 2 (Rush 3, Pass 6)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 3 (11)

After splitting the workload in week 1, Shonn Greene saw his looks more than double compared to LaDainian Tomlinson. Greene also has six red zone touches and recorded his first touchdown of the season last week while Tomlinson has zero red zone touches so far.


SEATTLE at PITTSBURGH


SEATTLE

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 13.9 (16.9)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 0 percent (12 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 0-for-0, 0 percent (1-for-2, 50 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 0, Pass 0 (Rush 1, Pass 4)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 0, 20-plus Pass 0 (Rush 1, Pass 1)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 1 (7)

There are better options out there than anything Seattle has to offer in the passing or running game right now. They are currently ranked as the fifth-worst passing team and the worst running team in the league right now. Look elsewhere.

PITTSBURGH

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 43.7 (33.6)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 30 percent (17 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 2-for-4, 50 percent (3-for-6, 50 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 7, Pass 4 (Rush 11, Pass 9)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 2, 20-plus Pass 3 (Rush 3, Pass 6)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 4 (10)

Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown continue to rotate at the third wide receiver position. Brown may have started to separate himself last week after hauling in four receptions on six targets for 67 yards compared to Sanders, who had two receptions on three targets for 44 yards. With 15 targets in two weeks, Brown is someone to keep an eye on for now to see if his progress continues.


BALTIMORE at TENNESSEE


BALTIMORE

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 20.3 (24.3)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 8 percent (20 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 0-for-2, 0 percent (3-for-8, 38 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 1, Pass 4 (Rush 11, Pass 12)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 1, 20-plus Pass 3 (Rush 4, Pass 6)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 5 (11)

Ed Dickson has received consistent looks through the first two games. He has seven receptions on 11 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown. If his looks continue to progress he will be a good bye week replacement.

TENNESSEE

AVERAGE YARDS PER POSSESSION: 38.3 (32.4)

TOUCHDOWN DRIVE RATE: 18 percent (19 percent)

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: 2-for-5, 40 percent (3-for-6, 50 percent)

RED ZONE DISTRIBUTION: Rush 6, Pass 9 (Rush 10, Pass 10)

BIG PLAYS: 10-plus Rush 1, 20-plus Pass 4 (Rush 1, Pass 7)


DEEP TARGET ATTEMPTS: 6 (13)

Matt Hasselbeck has brought some stability to the passing game in Tennessee. Nate Washington has 13 receptions for 166 yards in two games. His 18 targets are second on the team to Kenny Britt. He is worth an addition as a bye week replacement.

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