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Statistical Look from PFF on Packers vs. Texans

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Statistical Look from PFF on Packers vs. Texans

With thanks to Bryan Hall and our good friends at Pro Football Focus, here's a closer look at some of the key statistics from the Green Bay Packers' 42-24 win over the Houston Texans Sunday night:

  • The Packers offensive line was credited with just one sack (from T.J. Lang, but Aaron Rodgers admitted he stepped into the sack), one quarterback hit and one hurry over 43 pass-blocking snaps. Marshall Newhouse, Bryan Bulaga, Lang and Jeff Saturday each received positive grades in pass protection, while Josh Sitton was credited with a hit and hurry. This was the cleanest game of pass protection to date for the Packers offensive line.
  • Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips blitzed Rodgers on 24 of 40 dropbacks Sunday night. That plan backfired on Phillips, as Rodgers threw five of his six touchdowns against the blitz. He also completed 14-of-22 passes for 202 yards when the Texans brought more than a four-man rush.
  • As expected, Rodgers posted his best overall grade of the 2012 season. For the first time all year, Rodgers completed at least three passes that traveled over 20 yards in the air (3-for-7, 80 yards, 3 TDs).
  • As was the case so often in 2011, well over half of the Packers rushing attempts and rushing yards came behind the right side of the offensive line. Of the Packers' 99 rushing yards Sunday, only 21 came from left of the center.
  • The Packers had four more drops. Randall Cobb was credited with two, Jermichael Finley one and Jordy Nelson one. Green Bay now has a whopping 21 drops in 2012, good for second-most in the NFL (Cleveland has 24). Finley and Nelson lead the way with six each. Cobb has four.
  • Nelson abused Jonathan Joseph Sunday night. Of Nelson's nine catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns, six catches, 90 yards and one score came against Joseph. Overall, the Packers beat Joseph eight times for 115 yards.
  • Cobb caught five more passes from the slot, bringing his total to 22 for the season. His catch rate of 84.6% from the slot in the best in the NFL.
  • Once again, Clay Matthews graded out as the Packers top defensive player. He had three quarterback hits and one hurry as a passer rusher, and four stops in the run game. The one knock on Matthews Sunday night was an offside penalty in the first half, his fourth infraction of the season.
  • Erik Walden (58 total snaps) was the only defensive player with a negative grade. He was shutout in 27 pass-rushing snaps and failed to make a stop in the run game.
  • Rookie Jerel Worthy played 56 total snaps, the most of any defensive lineman. He tallied a sack and three stops.
  • A.J. Hawk didn't have a eye-catching grade, mostly because he struggled defending the pass (four catches, 72 yards allowed). But he also registered a sack and had a season-high six stops against the run. He was a big factor in stopping Arian Foster Sunday.
  • Cornerback Tramon Williams allowed six catches for 71 yards to Andre Johnson, but Johnson's long was just 15 yards. The Packers can handle that kind of coverage.
  • Casey Hayward (31 snaps) graded out as the best player in the secondary. He was targeted four times but allowed zero catches. He intercepted two passes and defensed another. Through six weeks, Hayward ranks as PFF's second-best cornerback in all of football.
  • Punter Tim Masthay put three more punts inside the 20-yard line Sunday night, bringing his season total to 18. That number is tied for the league lead.
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Evan's picture

I'm so sick of Nelson and all his drops. The Packers really should bench him until he gets his act together.

Right? Hello??

PackersRS's picture

I don't see it as a problem anymore, as much as it's a characteristic of this receiving corps. I don't expect it to get corrected, only contained.

And they've already won it all dropping balls left and right. They make up for it by constantly beating man-matchups and making spetacular catches.

It's about how many they drop.

Evan's picture

I know. I was making a joke about people losing their minds over Finley's drops while ignoring Nelson's.

Evan's picture

And, yes, I understand there are other factors at play in the Finley hate. But I think those are largely overblown.

MarkinMadison's picture

Don't you think percentage of targeted passes dropped should come into play as well? Nelson 9 for 12, with one drop v. Finley 2 for 4 (?) with one drop - there is a big difference there.

Evan's picture

Totally. I'd be curious what Nelson and Finley's target #s are for the season so far.

My gut and memory of the games thus far tells me they'd be very close.

EDIT: I guess I can google it myself. According to (reliability unknown), Nelson has 48 targets to Finley's 35. So, not an insignificant margin.

bigbill992001's picture

Add in the OPI for JF and its not a good game.

pkrNboro's picture

On a more serious note:

Rodgers has completed 68% of his passes -- which is good for #3 in the league.

The other guys are 70.2 and 68.6 -- so are the drops really that big a deal??

Derek in CO's picture

Funny thing, we all know before Sunday night's game that ARod was not his usual self, but statistically, he's in like the top 7 in every category (comp %, rating, TDs, etc). He's still awesome, even when he's not.

pkrNboro's picture

IMO, your comment would have graded out as "funny" if you'd simply left it here.

But in a followup post, you had to:
(1) explain your humor, and
(2) throw Nelson under the bus, as well as
(3) apologize for Finley
...which put you solidly into negative territory.

But, PackersRS clearly "bit" on it and you could have scored big had you just exercised a little more self-control.

In football parlance, you intercepted the ball in the endzone and prevented a score -- which was great! But then you got crazy and full of yourself and thought you could bring it out for a 105 yd pick6 -- only to be tackled at your own 4 yd line. In the future, don't be greedy: make the interception, then take a knee and the touchback.

Evan's picture

Wow. That's some in-depth analysis.

Speaking of being greedy, anyone else have flashes of Sam Shields getting hurt when Hayward decided to take his first INT out of the end zone?

pkrNboro's picture

Didn't think of Shields at the time...

But did see Burnett's lackluster attempt to have him down it. As the secondary's elder statesman, he could have shown much more leadership and been much more demonstrative (IMHO, of course...)

PackersRS's picture

You're assuming I didn't catch the sarcasm (right??) and didn't simply took advantage of the topic to further discuss what I had observed before.

So false start, offense, 5 yard penalty, repeat second down.

RyanB's picture

Gotta think Hayward's ranking is a sample size thing, but he definetly has an uncanny ability to get his head turned at the right time. Lots of potential

PackersRS's picture

Sample size and opponent's strenght. But still, he's a rookie playing a very difficult scheme, and has shown more in 6 games than Jarrett Bush and Pat Lee have in all of their careers.

Bearmeat's picture

You know, I was just thinking: If ONLY Jarrett Bush had more ball skills than the bat boy for the Beloit Brewers....

pkrNboro's picture

"Gotta think Hayward’s ranking is a sample size thing"


But I'm inclined to be a little more charitable. I think he's better than anything I've seen in the secondary in a long time:

Derek in CO's picture

If the Oline can protect even close to that well in future games, we'll be good to go. and once again, kudos to Tim Masthay. that guy is really good.

packsmack25's picture

You left out the most encouraging stat:
Only 3 missed tackles.

Rodgerdat's picture

That made my week! Last year I took wins for granted. Everything came too easy. After being humbled through the first 5 weeks. Every win feels special. This is the Pack we all thought they were going to be. Hope they can be consistent. That is key.

packeraaron's picture

You can blame the "Keep the QB in the bubble" rules for how Hawk's sack looked. He was obviously worried that Schaub had let the ball go and didn't want to get a penalty. Smart play there.

Overall, there's little question Hawk is having his best year as a pro.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Agreed. But how do you see it playing out with him more than likely having to play more coverage with smith out? It's a real shame if you ask me, I'm hoping Francois sees the field in clear passing downs.

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