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RED ZONE: Target Analysis – Week 13

Week 13 concluded the regular season for most as playoffs will begin next week. We were a little light on the scoring this week, as only six teams that went over the 30-point mark (just one team broke 40). There aren’t a lot of surprises this week on the scoring report as we got a few good performances from veterans and two potential players who could be added to squads and could help make a deep postseason run.

Legend
Scoring Opportunities Play started inside the 10 or ended inside the 5 yard line
Red Zone Opportunities Play line of scrimmage was inside the 20 yard line
Heart Breaks Play more than 5 yards down the field and the play ended inside the 5 yard line
All statistics in this report include plays that were nullified by penalty

Running Back

RANK PLAYER TEAM SCORING OPPORTUNITIES REDZONE OPPORTUNITIES HEART

BREAKS

OPPS TDS OPPS TDS
1 Jones, Aaron GBP 4 1 7 1 0
2 Penny, Rashaad SEA 3 2 6 2 0
3 Gurley, Todd LAR 5 2 6 1 2
4 McCaffrey, Christian CAR 3 0 5 0 0
5 Snell Jr., Benny PIT 1 1 5 1 0
6 Fournette, Leonard JAC 3 0 5 0 0
7 Henry, Derrick TEN 1 1 4 1 0
8 White, James NEP 2 2 4 2 0
9 Carson, Chris SEA 3 1 4 1 0
10 Sanders, Miles PHI 1 1 4 1 0

Aaron Jones, Green Bay

If you’ve been rolling with Jones throughout the year, you have to be happy with the production you’ve gotten so far. This however, was a letdown game. He carried the ball just 11 times for 18 yards and added four catches for 13 yards. The weather was bad for most of the afternoon which would normally bode well for running backs, except for when your quarterback is Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers picked apart the New York Giants all game and left the running game behind. Jones did appear to get into the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter as he bounced it outside, however a holding call against the offense would negate the score.  He got another chance late in the fourth and was stood up at the 1-yard line. This was a tough one if you were banking on Jones to carry you into the playoffs.

Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

Gurley ran well in this one, gaining 95 yards on 19 carries and adding one catch for 20 yards. He saw six red-zone opportunities on the day and converted one for a score, but he was also tackled inside the 5 yard-line twice on the day. His touchdown came late in the second quarter with under three minutes left when he took the handoff from the 2 yard-line and was able to punch it in on a nice second effort (and a big push from his linemen). Gurley’s day could’ve been a lot bigger as he had a 28-yard touchdown called back on a holding penalty with 30 seconds left in the third quarter negating a huge play. The Rams also stalled a few times in the red zone as Jared Goff was missing guys all afternoon. Gurley has been frustrating this year; however, it’s nice to see he still has the bounce he once did but as always, there are risks associated with playing Todd Gurley.

Wide Receiver

RANK PLAYER TEAM SCORING OPPORTUNITIES REDZONE OPPORTUNITIES HEART

BREAKS

OPPS TDS OPPS TDS
1 Adams, Davante GBP 2 2 6 2 0
2 Woods, Robert LAR 3 0 4 0 0
3 Westbrook, Dede JAC 3 1 3 1 0
4 Wilson, Albert MIA 2 0 3 0 0
5 Jeffery, Alshon PHI 1 1 3 1 0
6 Parker, DeVante MIA 3 2 3 1 0
7 Gage, Russell ATL 2 1 3 1 1
8 Shepard, Sterling NYG 2 1 3 1 0
9 Moore, D.J. CAR 3 1 3 1 1
10 Dorsett, Phillip NEP 1 0 2 0 0

DeVante Parker, Miami

This guy is a league winner and it only took getting rid of Adam Gase (hint to New York Jets ownership) to uncover his true talents. Parker had a career day catching 7-of-10 targets for 159 yards and two touchdowns. His first score was from outside the red zone in the first quarter with just over three minutes left. On a 4th-and-4 from the Philadelphia 43-yard line, Parker went up to grab a jump-ball and as he came down with it, somehow stayed in bounds and stumbled his way into the end zone. Parker would add his second score in the third quarter from the 17-yard line. He ran a fly route and Ryan Fitzpatrick threw it up where only he could get it. He out-jumped both defenders and came down with it, putting a bow on a great day. That’s now four games in a row of double-digit targets and two out of three games over 100-yards. Parker is heating up and with matchups against the New York Jets, New York Giants and Cincinnati still remaining, he can help a lot of playoff teams find the winner’s circle.

D.J. Moore, Carolina

Moore continued his hot-streak this week finishing the afternoon with six catches on 12 targets for 75 yards and one touchdown. Moore now has scored in back-to-back weeks and has seen double-digit targets in four-of-five games. His score came in the first quarter from the 13-yard line when he ran a corner route to the end zone. The defender thought he had help over the top, but Moore was left wide open for the score. Carolina went up 14-0 at this point, but it was all downhill from there as the offense was stuck in neutral after that. Carolina would ultimately go on to lose the game 29-21 and it would be the final nail that cost head coach Ron Rivera his job. Moore is on the playoff radar with matchups against Atlanta, Seattle and Indianapolis upcoming.

About Nick Lemma

Being from New York Nick is loud and persistent. Known as the Hot-Headed Italian within his circle, his opinions are bold with facts and stats to back them up. While playing across multiple leagues and serving as commissioner of his hometown league for the past 12 years, he’s been consumed by football. Being a seasoned player, he’s had success in various formats and league setups. When he’s not reading or writing about football he can be found spending time with his wife and son.