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Week 6 QB Leaders
|Dropbacks||Longest aDOT||Shortest aDOT||QBR|
|1||Jameis Winston (62)||Kirk Cousins (12.9)||Josh Rosen (2.0)||Kirk Cousins (91.4)|
|2||Deshaun Watson (47)||Jameis Winston (12.1)||Jimmy Garoppolo (4.2)||Deshaun Watson (87.4)|
|3||Philip Rivers (46)||Philip Rivers (11.6)||Devlin Hodges (5.4)||Russell Wilson (86.8)|
|4||Tom Brady (44)||Matthew Stafford (10.0)||Teddy Bridgewater (5.7)||Kyler Murray (78.8)|
|5||Carson Wentz (43)||Ryan Fitzpatrick (10.0)||Tom Brady (5.9)||Carson Wentz (78.1)|
|6||Andy Dalton (42)||Ryan Tannehill (9.7)||Jared Goff (6.1)||Lamar Jackson (77.0)|
|7||Dak Prescott (42)||Aaron Rodgers (9.6)||Kyler Murray (6.9)||Dak Prescott (73.4)|
|8||Russell Wilson (41)||Marcus Mariota (9.6)||Lamar Jackson (6.9)||Sam Darnold (71.9)|
|9||Kyler Murray (41)||Patrick Mahomes (9.4)||Andy Dalton (7.5)||Matt Ryan (70.4)|
|10||Matt Ryan, Baker Mayfield 40)||Russell Wilson (9.3)||Joe Flacco (7.6)||Baker Mayfield (65.9)|
2019 QB Leaders
|Dropbacks||Longest aDOT||Shortest aDOT||QBR|
|1||Matt Ryan (280)||Ryan Fitzpatrick (11.6)||Derek Carr (5.7)||Dak Prescott (81.1)|
|2||Kyler Murray (273)||Matthew Stafford (10.9)||Teddy Bridgewater (6.0)||Russell Wilson (79.4)|
|3||Andy Dalton (268)||Jameis Winston (10.8)||Jimmy Garoppolo (6.4)||Patrick Mahomes (76.6)|
|4||Jared Goff (263)||Patrick Mahomes (19.1)||Chase Daniel (6.5)||Deshaun Watson (75.9)|
|5||Jameis Winston (255)||Dak Prescott (9.6)||Joe Flacco (6.5)||Carson Wentz (67.8)|
|6||Philip Rivers (255)||Russell Wilson (9.5)||Sam Darnold (6.8)||Lamar Jackson (64.0)|
|7||Patrick Mahomes (246)||Lamar Jackson (9.2)||Mitchell Trubisky (6.9)||Matt Ryan (62.9)|
|8||Deshaun Watson (239)||Deshaun Watson (9.2)||Mason Rudolph (7.0)||Daniel Jones (60.7)|
|9||Tom Brady (238)||Carson Wentz (8.9)||Jacoby Brissett (7.0)||Matthew Stafford (58.8)|
|10||Lamar Jackson (232)||Josh Allen (8.9)||Andy Dalton (7.1)||Joe Flacco (57.9)|
Week 6 RB Leaders
|Snap Share||YPC after contact||Avoided Tackles||Target Share|
|1||Christian McCaffrey (97%)||Nick Chubb (6.1)||Nick Chubb (10)||James Conner (35%)|
|2||Leonard Fournette (93%)||Latavius Murray (5.5)||Chris Carson (8)||David Johnson (22%)|
|3||Ezekiel Elliott (91%)||Chris Carson (5.3)||James White (7)||Alvin Kamara (22%)|
|4||Nick Chubb (86%)||Phillip Lindsay (4.1)||Le'Veon Bell (5)||James White (22%)|
|5||Le'Veon Bell (82%)||Mark Ingram (3.7)||Carlos Hyde (5)||Leonard Fournette (21%)|
|6||Chris Carson (80%)||Adrian Peterson (3.6)||Kenyan Drake (5)||Kenyan Drake (21%)|
|7||David Johnson (75%)||Peyton Barber (3.5)||Mark Ingram (4)||Royce Freeman (18%)|
|8||Devonta Freeman (72%)||Le'Veon Bell (3.4)||Derrick Henry (4)||Aaron Jones (18%)|
|9||Malcolm Brown (68%)||Benny Snell (3.2)||Devonta Freeman (4)||Nick Chubb (16%)|
|10||Dalvin Cook (63%)||Alexander Mattison (2.9)||four other RBs (4)||Christian McCaffrey (16%)|
2019 RB Leaders
|Snap Share||YPC after contact||Avoided Tackles||Target Share|
|1||Christian McCaffrey (96%)||Leonard Fournette (4.0)||Chris Carson (40)||Le'Veon Bell (22%)|
|2||Le'Veon Bell (92%)||Chris Carson (3.8)||Alvin Kamara (38)||Christian McCaffrey (21%)|
|3||Leonard Fournette (91%)||Raheem Mostert (3.6)||Christian McCaffrey (37)||James White (21%)|
|4||Ezekiel Elliott (80%)||Josh Jacobs (3.6)||Le'Veon Bell (33)||Austin Ekeler (19%)|
|5||David Johnson (78%)||Nick Chubb (3.5)||Nick Chubb (30)||Alvin Kamara (19%)|
|6||Nick Chubb (77%)||Mark Ingram (3.5)||Josh Jacobs (28)||Chris Thompson (19%)|
|7||Alvin Kamara (72%)||Dalvin Cook (3.4)||Dalvin Cook (28)||Tarik Cohen (19%)|
|8||Chris Carson (68%)||Alvin Kamara (3.4)||Derrick Henry (27)||Leonard Fournette (18%)|
|9||Dalvin Cook (68%)||Alexander Mattison (3.4)||Aaron Jones (24)||Dalvin Cook (17%)|
|10||Todd Gurley (66%)||Gus Edwards (3.3)||Austin Ekeler (23)||David Johnson (17%)|
Note: target share only includes games the player played in
Week 6 WR Leaders
(Stats from airyards.com)
2019 WR Leaders
(Stats from airyards.com)
Note: target share and air-yard share only includes games the player played in
Week 6 TE Leaders
2019 TE Leaders
Feedback is encouraged! Time constraints are a factor for every breakdown apart from the Thursday night game, so I'm happy to discuss anything I missed in the comments below or on twitter (@RotowireNFL_JD).
Giants 13 Patriots 35
- Daniel Jones has now thrown a league-high 31.4 percent of his passes to a receiver within one yard of a defender, per NFL Next Gen Stats. Ryan Fitzpatrick is second at 28.6 percent, followed by Matthew Stafford (23.4), Sam Darnold (21.9) and Jameis Winston (20.9).
- SIS considers Jones to have thrown a catchable ball on 80.0 percent of his attempts, seventh best among qualified passers at the conclusion of Thursday's game. His "on-target" rate (76.4 percent) is fourth best, providing additional evidence for my observation that his decision-making — not his accuracy — has been the shortcoming so far.
- Among 33 qualified passers, Jones holds the following ranks: 28th in completion percentage (60.7), 28th in YPA (6.6), 19th in sack rate 6.7), 22nd in TD rate (3.6), 30th in INT rate (4.3). He places much higher, 13th (55.6), in ESPN's QBR, a metric that accounts for rushing contributions, YAC, garbage time, drops, penalties, etc. (addressing many of the shortcomings of the oft-cited "passer rating" stat that I so greatly disdain).
- Jon Hilliman played 62 percent of snaps Thursday, and was waived Friday. (He was bad.)
- Golden Tate and Darius Slayton both played 98 percent, and TE Rhett Ellison got 100 percent.
- The No. 3 receiver job was a Tale of Two Codys — 46 percent for Cody Latimer, 34 percent for Cody Core. They combined for one target and zero catches.
- Tate drew three targets 20 or more yards downfield, including his 64-yard touchdown. He saw 12 passes (five catches) in that range last season, after just eight in 2017, per PFF.
- Tate took 39 of 49 snaps in the slot, after 38 of 45 in his 2019 debut the week prior, per PFF.
- Tom Brady ranks 23rd in on-target percentage (69.3) and 21st in catchable pass percentage (74.1). Last year, he was 16th (72.3) and 14th (76.5), respectively. Not a huge drop, and these stats aren't the ones that explain his greatness, in any case. His PFF grade this season (83.3) ranks No. 4 among QBs (100-dropback min.), and he's 10th in ESPN's QBR (57.3).
- Sony Michel hit a season high with 50 percent of snaps, though it was only a slight bump from Week 4 (44 percent) and Week 5 (49 percent). PFF credited him with just two avoided tackles and 2.23 yards after contact per carry Thursday night, leaving him 31st in elusive rating (18.8) and 32nd in after-contact average (1.97) among 32 RBs with 50 or more carries this season.
- Michel drew three targets for a second time in as many weeks, after seeing just one through the first four games of the season. He's run 47 pass routes this year, including 33 the past two weeks with Rex Burkhead (foot) out of the lineup, per PFF.
- James White ran a route on 50 percent of Brady's dropbacks the past two weeks, compared to 64 percent Weeks 1-2 when White, Burkhead and Michel were all healthy, per PFF. Michel and Brandon Bolden have been getting the snaps and routes that went to Burkhead before.
- With Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) inactive and Josh Gordon (knee) forced out in the second quarter, Jakobi Meyers played 70 percent of snaps against the Giants, and Gunner Olszewski wasn't far behind at 61 percent.
- Ryan Izzo played 98 percent, while fellow tight end Matt LaCosse (18 percent) suffered a knee injury early in the game and was limited to a few appearances thereafter. With Monday reports suggesting an MCL sprain, it sounds like LaCosse only stayed in the game because the Patriots were so desperate for bodies at the skill positions.
- Speaking of which... fullback Jakob Johnson was knocked out with a shoulder injury that's expected to send him to injured reserve. The Patriots continued to utilize a fullback after they lost James Develin (neck) to IR, but it isn't clear how (or if) they'll use the position now that Johnson also is out.
- Michel still gets most of the snaps and touches when the Pats use a fullback, but only 29 percent of his carries this season have come in 21 personnel (compared to 50 percent last year). He's taken 41 percent of his carries in 11 personnel, up from 27 percent last season. The Patriots have thrown the ball on 36 percent of his snaps, up from 25 percent last year.
Panthers 37 Buccaneers 26
- Christian McCaffrey played 97 percent of snaps (64 of 66), while Reggie Bonnafon was on the field for only three plays.
- Curtis Samuel was down to 80 percent of snaps, but he ran a team-high 33 routes on Kyle Allen's 34 dropbacks, per PFF. Samuel is tied for third in the NFL with 13 targets coming 20 or more yards downfield, though only three have been catchable (he caught all three, t-16th), per PFF.
- D.J Moore ran 33 routes; Greg Olsen - 32; McCaffrey - 26; Jarius Wright - 19.
- The Carolina defense is No. 5 in yards per pass attempt (6.3), No. 4 in net yards per pass attempt (5.1), No. 5 in percentage of drives ending in a turnover (17.7), No. 2 in sack rate (10.2), No. 2 in QB hits (46) and No. 4 in INT rate (3.8 percent).
- The Panthers have blitzed at the fifth-lowest rate (16.5 percent) and rank 14th in QB pressure percentage (22.7), per pro-football-reference.com.
- Pass distribution in Kyle Allen's four starts (from airyards.com):
- RB McCaffrey: 22 percent target share, 1 percent air-yard share (0.3 aDOT)
- WR Samuel: 21 percent target share, 38 percent air-yard share (14.5 aDOT)
- WR Moore: 20 percent target share, 26 percent air-yard share (10.4 aDOT)
- TE Olsen: 16 percent target share, 18 percent air-yard share (8.8 aDOT)
- WR Wright: 11 percent target share, 11 percent air-yard share (7.6 aDOT)
- Jameis Winston's 69.9 percent rate of catchable passes is fifth worst among qualified QBs, per SIS. His 4.5 interception rate is third worst behind only Baker Mayfield (5.6) and Josh Rosen (4.6).
- Dare Ogunbowale led the backfield with 58 percent of snaps Sunday, far ahead of both Peyton Barber (24 percent) and Ronald Jones (16 percent). The Bucs never had a lead and trailed by at least 10 points throughout the entire second half.
- O.J. Howard played 75 percent of snaps, running a route on 39 of Winston's 62 dropbacks (63 percent), per PFF. For the season, Howard has run a route on 63 percent of dropbacks, compared to 95 percent for Chris Godwin and 94 percent for Mike Evans, per PFF. Cameron Brate is a distant fourth at 39 percent, followed by Ogunbowale (38 percent).
- Scott Miller played 60 percent of snaps and went 3-39-0 on seven targets, working as the No. 3 receiver ahead of Bobo Wilson (29 percent, 1-10-0 on three targets).
- Brate found the end zone for a second time in three weeks, drawing a season-high four targets while playing 38 percent of snaps. He hasn't reached a 50 percent snap share even once this season, but his two red-zone targets have produced two TDs.
- Godwin and Evans are the only teammates that both have accounted for at least 25 percent of targets in an offense.
- The Tampa Bay defense ranks first in YPC (2.9) and 23rd in net yards per pass attempt (6.9). The Bucs lead the league in blitz rate (41.7), but rank ninth in pressure rate (26.2) and 26th in sack rate (4.9).
Eagles 20 Vikings 38
- Carson Wentz completed more than 59 percent of his passes for the first time since Week 1 — 65 percent and 7.7 YPA on the road against a tough defense. He now ranks 27th in completion percentage (61.2), and 27th in YPA (6.8), but he's been fantastic at avoiding bad plays: ninth in sack rate (4.5) and 11th in INT rate (1.4), with zero fumbles on 407 snaps.
- Wentz has PFF's No. 2 overall grade (90.6) for a QB, with a league-high 17 drops partially explaining his modest output in terms of yardage. He's No. 5 in ESPN's QBR (71.3).
- Jordan Howard handled a season-high 63 percent snap share in Sunday's loss, with Miles Sanders down at 29 percent and Boston Scott at 6 percent. Scott's four snaps (and carries) all came on the final drive in garbage time, so it was really a two-way split in the first game without Darren Sproles (quad).
- Howard didn't have any targets, but he actually ran more routes (19) than Sanders, who produced a 3-86-1 receiving line on just 14 routes, per PFF.
- Howard took 13 carries, compared to three for Sanders. The rookie got more work the first two weeks this season, but over the past four games, Howard has a 52-to-36 advantage in carries, including 8-to-2 inside the 10-yard line. Sanders does have a 12-to-5 edge in targets the past four weeks.
- Dallas Goedert played 71 percent of snaps, after 69 percent in Week 4 and 74 percent in Week 5. His eight targets Sunday were a new career high, but he ran a route on just 51 percent of Wentz's dropbacks... and now is at 0.51 routes per dropback the past three weeks.
- Alshon Jeffery's 26 percent snap share (in his four healthy games) ranks ninth in the league.
- The Philly defense is No. 2 in YPC (3.3) and No. 22 in YPA (7.8), joining Tampa in the "pass-funnel" category. The Eagles are 21st in sack rate (5.8), 17th in blitz rate (23.4 percent) and eighth in pressure rate (27.4), i.e., they're getting pressure without using extra rushers too often, so the sacks will eventually come if the secondary can just be a bit less terrible.
- Kirk Cousins topped 11.0 YPA for a second straight week, pushing him up to 8.9 (No. 4 among qualified passers) for the season. His overall PFF grade (73.0) ranks 15th among 39 QBs with 50 or more dropbacks, while his grade just for passing (76.1) is tied for seventh best (he gets dinged for fumbles and poor scrambling). Cousins is 17th in ESPN's QBR (51.6).
- Dalvin Cook played 67 percent of snaps. He's now landed between 60 and 78 percent each week this season, with no fewer than 18 touches in any game. Even after a down week, Cook leads the NFL at 0.55 PPR points per snap, ahead of Aaron Jones (0.53), Austin Ekeler (0.52), Matt Breida (0.50), Phillip Lindsay (0.50), James Conner (0.49) and McCaffrey (0.47), per PFF.
- Stefon Diggs played 63 percent of snaps, his smallest share since Week 1. He ran 24 routes on Cousins' 31 dropbacks, compared to 29 for Adam Thielen, 21 for Cook, 20 for Kyle Rudolph, 12 for Irv Smith Jr. and seven for Bisi Johnson, per PFF.
- For the season, Thielen has run a route on 95 percent of Cousins' dropbacks, ahead of Diggs (84 percent), Rudolph (69 percent) and Cook (60 percent), per PFF.
- Among players with 20 or more targets, Diggs now ranks second at 2.92 yards per route, a hair behind George Kittle (2.94) and ahead of Amari Cooper (2.91), per PFF. Thielen is 20th at 2.22
- Diggs' 17.0 aDOT is a drastic change from 2018 (8.6), 2017 (11.5), 2016 (8.5) and 2015 (10.6). He's seen 29.4 percent of his targets on throws 20+ yards downfield, up from 16.3 percent last season, per PFF.
- Given that all the main players have been healthy, let's take a look at Minnesota's 2019 passing-game usage (from airyards.com):
- WR Thielen: 25 percent target share, 36 percent air-yard share (12.0 aDOT)
- WR Diggs: 22 percent target share, 45 percent air-yard share (17.0 aDOT)
- RB Cook: 17 percent target share, -3 percent air-yard share (-1.5 aDOT)
- TE Rudolph: 7 percent target share, 2 percent air-yard share (1.9 aDOT)
Texans 31 Chiefs 24
- Deshaun Watson has now equaled his rushing TD total (five) from last season, but he's actually averaging fewer carries per game, down from 6.2 to 5.3. His four rush attempts inside the 10-yard line have produced four touchdowns.
- Watson ranks fifth among quarterbacks in overall PFF grade (82.1) and fourth in ESPN's QBR (79.2). His stats, while still impressive, have been held back to some extent by a league-high seven drops on passes 20+ yards downfield, per PFF. Carson Wentz, with five, is the only other QB who has seen more than three of his deep throws get dropped.
- Will Fuller accounts for six of those drops on deep passes, joining Mike Evans (two) as the only players in the league with more than one this season, per PFF. Fuller also leads the league with 17 targets 20+ yards downfield, and his six catches are tied for fifth most.
- Carlos Hyde played 61 percent of snaps in Sunday's game, after handling 64 percent the previous week. He's seen double-digit carries each week this season, now ranking 10th in rush attempts (99) and 12th in rushing yards per game (71).
- Hyde ran 22 routes on Watson's 47 dropbacks, while Duke Johnson ran 20 and played just 37 percent of snaps, per PFF.
- DeAndre Hopkins ran 47 routes, followed by Fuller (43), Jordan Akins (32), Darren Fells (31) and Keke Coutee (25).
- Hopkins is third in the league with 28 percent target share, while Fuller is 20th at 24 percent.
- The Texans heavily used multi-TE formations for a second straight week, with Fells playing 87 percent of snaps and Akins playing 73 percent (compared to 51 percent for Coutee). Given how well it's been working, a healthy Kenny Stills (hamstring) might not have an impact on that strategy.
- The past two weeks from 12 personnel (one RB, two TEs), Houston averaged 9.8 YPA on 40 pass plays and 4.6 YPC on 38 rush plays.
- Patrick Mahomes has fallen off from his outrageous start to the season, but he still leads the league in YPA (9.1) and passing yards (2,104), ranking third in ESPN's QBR (79.9), ninth in PFF's overall QB grades, fourth in sack rate (3.4), and third in INT rate (0.4).
- LeSean McCoy led the backfield with 50 percent of snaps, followed by Damien Williams (38 percent) and Darrel Williams (12 percent). McCoy accounted for eight of the nine RB carries and two of the five targets, including the only carry inside the 10-yard line (stopped for no gain from the 6-yard line). Damien Williams was the lead guy the week prior, so this is shaping up as even more of a mess than expected... if that's even possible.
- Tyreek Hill returned from injury with a 50 percent snap share, finishing fourth on the team at 21 routes (on 36 dropbacks from Patrick Mahomes), per PFF.
- Demarcus Robinson led the team with 29 routes, followed by Travis Kelce (28), Byron Pringle (24), Hill (21), Mecole Hardman (18), Damien Williams (14), McCoy (12) and Darrel Williams (5).
- Robinson has run a route on a team-high 87 percent of dropbacks this season, ahead of even Kelce (84 percent), per PFF.
- Kelce's 0.84 routes per dropback is a small downgrade from last year's 0.90, per PFF. His snap share is down from 95 percent in 2018 to 90 percent this year, and he's already been used as a pass blocker 23 times, compared to 45 all last season, per PFF.
- Kelce is second in the league with six targets inside the 10-yard line, catching just one for a loss of three yards. He's accounted for 46 percent of the Chiefs' inside-the-10 targets, with Sammy Watkins (two) the only other player to see more than one.
Redskins 17 Dolphins 16
- Adrian Peterson easily hit season highs for snap share (63 percent), carries (23) and YPC (5.1), even adding two catches for 18 yards. For the season, he's produced 52 percent of his rushing yards against the Dolphins and 48 percent against real NFL teams.
- Terry McLaurin has played at least 90 percent of snaps and drawn seven or more targets in every game he's played. He leads the NFL with a 52 percent share of team air yards in his active games (he missed one week with a hamstring injury).
- McLaurin ran 27 routes on Case Keenum's 27 dropbacks, followed by Paul Richardson (22), Trey Quinn (21) and TE Jeremy Sprinkle (19 routes, 92 percent of snaps), per PFF.
- Sprinkle hasn't provided a useful stat line in any one game, but he's drawn the target on 14 of his 63 routes (22 percent) while producing 1.57 yards per route, per PFF. Fellow tight end Vernon Davis (concussion) has just 24 more yards (123) and three more targets (17) on nearly twice as many routes (124, 0.99 yards per route).
- Chris Thompson played a season-low 22 percent of snaps, in part because he suffered a foot injury in the second half. Wendell Smallwood, who played 17 percent of snaps, likely will take over on passing downs if Thompson misses additional time.
- Receiving workloads in Case Keenum's four full games:
- WR McLaurin: 21 percent target share, 49 percent air-yard share (16.0 aDOT)
- RB Thompson: 17 percent target share, 2 percent air-yard share (0.9 aDOT)
- WR Quinn: 16 percent target share, 12 percent air-yard share (4.9 aDOT)
- WR Richardson: 15 percent target share, 21 percent air-yard share (9.3 aDOT)
- Josh Rosen is last among qualified passers in ESPN's QBR (19.4) and second-to-last in PFF's overall grades (46.0, ahead of only Mitchell Trubisky).
- Kenyan Drake played 61 percent of snaps, while Mark Walton played 42 percent and Kalen Ballage saw just five percent. Drake led the team in carries (10) and targets (nine), but Walton (six and six) wasn't too far behind.
- DeVante Parker ran 48 routes on the 49 QB dropbacks, followed by Preston Williams (45), Drake (30), Mike Gesicki (30), Allen Hurns (23), Albert Wilson (16) and Walton (14), per PFF.
- Gesicki had career highs for targets (seven) and yards (51), despite his snap share (58 percent) landing right in its usual range.
- Preston Williams has seen five or more targets every week, but he hasn't topped four catches or 68 yards.
- The Miami defense has allowed a league-worst 6.7 yards per play, ranking 32nd in YPA (9.7) and 25th in YPC (4.7), along with 32nd in pressure rate (10.2 percent) and 31st in sack rate (3.4 percent). No team has recorded fewer QB hits (15) or tackles for loss (nine), and only Atlanta has given up points on a higher percentage of drives (53 percent to 50 percent).
- Pass distribution in Rosen's three starts:
- WR Williams: 23 percent target share, 38 percent air-yard share (11.7 aDOT)
- RB Drake: 19 percent target share, -1 percent air-yard share (-0.3 aDOT)
- WR Parker: 13 percent target share, 31 percent air-yard share (17.1 aDOT)
- TE Gesicki: 12 percent target share, 16 percent air-yard share (10.0 aDOT)
Saints 13 Jaguars 6
- Alvin Kamara had season lows for snap share (59 percent) and carries (11), but was second on the team with eight targets.
- Latavius Murray had season highs for snap share (42 percent), carries (eight), targets (three) and scrimmage yards (79), perhaps benefiting from Kamara's minor ankle injury? Murray also had a long TD run wiped out by a penalty.
- Teddy Bridgewater's 39 dropbacks saw 39 routes for Michael Thomas, 30 for Jared Cook, 29 for Ted Ginn, 25 for Kamara, 14 for Josh Hill and 13 for Latavius Murray, per PFF.
- Austin Carr played 32 percent of snaps, sharing the No. 3 receiver job with Lil'Jordan Humphrey (27 percent) while Tre'Quan Smith missed another week with an ankle injury.
- There have been 145 dropbacks in Bridgewater's four starts. Routes: 143 for Thomas, 116 for Ginn, 100 for Cook, 95 for Kamara, per PFF.
- Pass distribution in Bridgewater's four starts:
- WR Thomas: 32 percent target share, 41 percent air-yard share (7.6 aDOT)
- RB Kamara: 22 percent target share, -1 percent air-yard share (-0.3 aDOT)
- WR Ginn: 14 percent target share, 33 percent air-yard share (13.9 aDOT)
- TE Cook: 13 percent target share, 15 percent air-yard share (6.7 aDOT)
- TE Hill: 9 percent target share, 10 percent air-yard share (6.4 aDOT)
- RB Murray: 5 percent target share, -2 percent air-yard share (-2.3 aDOT)
- Gardner Minshew's aDOT was 7.9 in this game, leaving him at 8.1 for the season. He started the season with three straight games below 7.0, then jumped up to 11.3 in Week 4 and 9.8 in Week 5. Sunday's game was his first with an aDOT close to league average.
- Leonard Fournette played 93 percent of snaps, while Ryquell Armstead saw three percent.
- Geoff Swaim played 54 percent, splitting TE work with Seth DeValve (41 percent) and Ben Koyack (19 percent). Swaim was forced out in the fourth quarter after an ugly hit left him concussed.
- Chris Conley actually led the WRs with 83 percent of snaps, followed by Dede Westbrook (78 percent), D.J. Chark (71 percent), Marqise Lee (36 percent) and Keelan Cole (12 percent).
- Westbrook led the team with 30 routes on Minshew's 32 dropbacks, followed by Chark (28), Conley (27), Fournette (24), Swaim (13) and Lee (nine), per PFF.
- For the season, Westbrook has run a route on 92 percent of QB dropbacks, more than Chark (87 percent), Conley (83 percent) and Fournette (79 percent), per PFF.
- Fournette's 185 routes are most among all RBs, ahead of even McCaffrey (175), David Johnson (170), Ezekiel Elliott (163), Austin Ekeler (152) and Kamara (150), per PFF. (Le'Veon Bell is second in routes per game with 29.4 (147 total), but he's already had a bye.)
- Pass distribution through six games:
- WR Chark: 22 percent target share, 39 percent air-yard share (14.2 aDOT)
- WR Westbrook: 22 percent target share, 17 percent air-yard share (6.0 aDOT)
- RB Fournette: 18 percent target share, 1 percent air-yard share (0.6 aDOT)
- WR Conley: 12 percent target share, 26 percent air-yard share (16.7 aDOT)
- All TEs combined: 20 percent target share, 5.0 aDOT
Bengals 17 Ravens 23
- Joe Mixon played 48 percent of snaps, his smallest share since Week 1. Giovani Bernard took 53 percent, but he saw just four carries and three targets.
- Tyler Boyd led the WRs with 98 percent of snaps, followed by Auden Tate (90 percent) and Alex Erickson (79 percent). Damion Willis and Stanley Morgan combined for just five snaps.
- Tyler Eifert played a season-high 52 percent of snaps, while C.J. Uzomah dropped to 44 percent (his second smallest share of the season).
- Routes on Andy Dalton's 42 dropbacks: 42 for Boyd, 37 for Tate, 36 for Erickson, 21 for Eifert, 16 for Bernard, 13 for Uzomah, 10 for Mixon
- Pass distribution in two games without John Ross (shoulder):
- WR Boyd: 27 percent target share, 28 percent air-yard share (6.3 aDOT)
- WR Tate: 23 percent target share, 38 percent air-yard share (10.0 aDOT)
- WR Erickson: 9 percent target share, 16 percent air-yard share (11.0 aDOT)
- RB Bernard: 8 percent target share, -2 percent air-yard share (-1.7 aDOT)
- TE Eifert: 8 percent target share, 4 percent air-yard share (3.2 aDOT)
- TE Uzomah: 6 percent target share, 5 percent air-yard share (4.4 aDOT)
- WR Willis: 6 percent target share, 7 percent air-yard share (6.2 aDOT)
- RB Mixon: 5 percent target share, -2 percent air-yard share (-2.0 aDOT)
- Gus Edwards played a season-high 41 percent of snaps, ahead of both Mark Ingram (38 percent) and Justice Hill (21 percent).
- Ingram got 16 of the 27 RB opportunities — 13 of 24 carries and all three of the targets.
- Willie Snead led the team with 29 routes, followed by Mark Andrews (27 percent), Chris Moore (21), Seth Roberts (19), Miles Boykins (18), Hayden Hurst (13) and Nick Boyle (12), per PFF.
- Andrews played 48 percent of snaps, putting him in the 41-to-55-percent range for a sixth time in as many weeks. He ran a route on 73 percent of Lamar Jackson's dropbacks Sunday, pushing the TE up to 0.66 routes per dropback this season.
- Andrews has lined up in-line on 75 of his 223 snaps (34 percent), playing 116 in the slot (52 percent) and 29 out wide (13 percent), per PFF. He's been used as a run blocker on 54 snaps (24 percent) and as a pass blocker on just four (2 percent).
- Jackson's 19 carries Sunday included just three scrambles on designed pass plays, per PFF. He's second in the league with 20 scrambles this season, while his 49 carries and 283 yards on designed run plays are first among QBs by a mile (Kyler Murray is second with 25 carries for 106 yards on designed runs, per PFF). Jackson's 15 avoided tackles are 10 more than any other QB.
Seahawks 32 Browns 28
- Chris Carson logged a third straight week with 22-plus carries and a snap share above 75 percent (he played 80 percent).
- C.J. Prosise handled the other 20 percent, with Rashaad Penny (hamstring) inactive.
- With Will Dissly suffering a season-ending injury after 20 snaps, Luke Willson finished with a 67 percent snap share, while Jacob Hollister got 35 percent.
- Tyler Lockett played 96 percent of snaps, followed by DK Metcalf (71 percent), Jaron Brown (54 percent), David Moore (23 percent) and Malik Turner (17 percent).
- Russell Wilson's 41 dropbacks yielded 41 routes for Lockett, 31 for Metcalf, 24 for Carson, 22 for Brown, 18 for Willson and 11 for Moore, per PFF.
- Metcalf is tied for the NFL lead with seven end-zone targets (per PFF), but he's drawn just 13 percent of Seattle's total targets the past four games, after seeing 24 percent in Weeks 1-2 (when Moore was out).
- Nick Chubb played 86 percent of snaps, up from 63 percent in Week 4 and 84 percent in Week 5.
- Dontrell Hilliard played 14 percent, with three targets and no carries.
- Ricky Seals-Jones led the TE timeshare with 68 percent of snaps, well ahead of Pharaoh Brown (33 percent) and Demetrius Harris (28 percent).
- Antonio Callaway played 68 percent of snaps, making him the only WR besides Odell Beckham (99 percent) and Jarvis Landry (96 percent) to get any work on offense.
- Landry and Beckham ran 40 routes apiece, followed by Callaway (35), Seals-Jones (32) and Chubb (28), per PFF.
- RSJ's rate of 0.80 routes per dropback was a huge bump from 0.29 in Week 5.
- Mayfield is last among qualified passers for both interceptions (11) and INT rate (5.6 percent). He's 23rd of 33 in QBR, and No. 14 in PFF grade. He's thrown a catchable ball on just 70.7 percent of pass attempts, the ninth-lowest rate in the league (min. 70 attempts), per SIS.
49ers 20 Rams 7
- Tevin Coleman led the backfield with 55 percent of snaps, more than Matt Breida (36 percent) and Raheem Mostert (9 percent). The latter had his share inflated on a final drive with three carries and a pair of kneel-downs.
- Coleman got nearly all the work in goal-line and short-yardage situations, including four carries (one TD) inside the Rams' 5-yard line. Jimmy Garoppolo was the only other 49er with an inside-the-5 carry.
- George Kittle showed no sign of injury, playing 83 percent of snaps.
- Dante Pettis led the WRs with 72 percnt of snaps, followed by Marquise Goodwin (62 percent), Deebo Samuel (60 percent), Kendrick Bourne (28 percent) and Richie James (5 percent).
- On 35 QB dropbacks, Samuel had a team-high 28 routes, followed closely by Pettis (26), Kittle (25) and Goodwin (23), then Coleman (16), Breida (12) and Bourne (10), per PFF.
- Among players with 20 or more targets, Kittle ranks third in the league at 2.91 yards per route, easily leading TEs (Mark Andrews is second at 2.59), per PFF.
- Garoppolo is No. 14 in QBR and No. 17 in PFF grade. He has the second-highest rate of catchable passes (82.2 percent, per SIS), in large part because his 6.4 aDOT is fourth-shortest in the league.
- Malcolm Brown handled 68 percent of snaps and 11 of 19 RB opportunities (all carries).
- Darrell Henderson played 32 percent, with six carries and two targets (all after the first quarter). Henderson had a 4-to-2 advantage in touches after halftime, though Brown had a reception and another target wiped out by penalties.
- Gerald Everett played 53 percent of snaps, his smallest share since Week 1 and a huge dip from Week 5 (81 percent). The Rams went back to almost exclusively using 11 personnel, with Robert Woods (100 percent), Brandin Cooks (98) and Cooper Kupp (85 percent) rarely coming off the field.
- Tyler Higbee played 57 percent of snaps, but Everett had a 17-to-10 advantage in routes (28 dropbacks for Jared Goff), per PFF.
- Everett is now at 0.59 routes per dropback for the season, way behind Woods (0.94), Kupp (0.90) and Cooks (0.85), per PFF.
Falcons 33 Cardinals 34
- Devonta Freeman played 72 percent of snaps, his highest share this season in a game where Ito Smith (26 percent) was also active. Freeman is now working on five straight weeks with 11 or more carries and three or more catches.
- Austin Hooper led the Falcons' skill-position players with 77 percent of snaps, ahead of Julio Jones (68 percent), Mohamed Sanu (68 percent), Calvin Ridley (59 percent), Luke Stocker (55 percent), Russell Gage (10 percent) and Justin Hardy (13 percent).
- The wider division of snaps had some impact on pass routes. Matt Ryan's 40 dropbacks yielded 33 routes for Jones, 30 for Hooper, 30 for Sanu, 29 for Ridley and 21 for Freeman, per PFF.
- For the season, Sanu leads the team with 0.86 routes per dropback, followed by 0.83 for Jones, 0.81 for Ridley and 0.79 for Hooper. The number for Jones is low by the standards of a No. 1 WR, but that's also been the case in past seasons, and it isn't a huge concern when the team's defense is so bad that Ryan needs to throw 40 times per game.
- David Johnson played 75 percent of snaps, with Chase Edmonds getting 29 percent. Edmonds scored his TD on a short pass, after DJ had unsuccessful goal-line carries on back-to-back plays. DJ has taken each of the team's five carries inside the 5-yard line this year.
- The Cardinals spread out snaps for a second straight week — 81 percent for KeeSean Johnson, 74 percent for Larry Fitzgerald, 58 percent for Maxx Williams, 52 percent for Trent Sherfield, 45 percent for Charles Clay, 35 percent for Pharoh Cooper, 22 percent for Damiere Byrd, 17 percent for Andy Isabella, 10 percent for Darrell Daniels.
- Fitzgerald nonetheless ran a route on 37 of Kyler Murray's 41 dropbacks (90 percent), followed by KeeSean Johnson (88 percent) and David Johnson (63), while no other player reached even 0.5 routes per dropback (Sherfield was close at 0.46).
- The Cardinals ran 22 plays from 10 personnel (four WRs, one RB) over the past two weeks, including just nine in Sunday's game against Atlanta. They averaged 40.3 plays per game from 10 personnel Weeks 1-4.
- The snaps that previously used 10 personnel have been divided between 11 personnel (one RB, one TE) and 12 personnel (one RB, two TEs).
Titans 0 Broncos 16
- Marcus Mariota progresses through his reads the way a seven-year-old reads sheet music at their second piano lesson. #analytics
- Among qualified passers, Mariota is 29th in QBR, 24th in PFF grade and second-to-last in sack rate (13.6, ahead of only Luke Falk's 18.0). It probably doesn't help that Tennessee's coaching staff is a joke.
- Derrick Henry played 53 percent of snaps, while Dion Lewis got 41 percent. Henry has played at least 47 percent each week this season, whereas last year he often fell to the 20-to-40-percent range if the Titans fell behind or went with a more pass-focused gameplan.
- Delanie Walker went back up to 57 percent of snaps, after landing at 31 and 44 percent the previous two weeks. He still lost plenty of work to Jonnu Smith and MyCole Pruitt in 12 personnel packages. The good news? The Titans look like a team that will spend much of the season trying to erase deficits, which favors more snaps from 11 personnel and more passes in general.
- Corey Davis has landed between 73 and 88 percent of snaps every week, with 3-to-6 targets each game.
- Royce Freeman played 61 percent of snaps to Phillip Lindsay's 47 percent (the Broncos ran some plays with both RBs on the field).
- I've been hesitant to declare Lindsay as the goal-line guy, but we got more evidence in that direction Sunday — a reception from the five-yard line and a two-yard rushing TD on consecutive plays, after an unsuccessful 3rd-and-1 carry earlier in the game.
- Lindsay now has seven of the Broncos' eight carries inside the 5-yard line, with Joe Flacco accounting for the other. Freeman does have five carries inside the 10, so it's not like he's been totally deprived of scoring opportunities.
- Courtland Sutton ran 28 routes on Flacco's 30 dropbacks, followed by Freeman (21), Noah Fant (21), DaeSean Hamilton (21), Emmanuel Sanders (13) and Lindsay (9), per PFF. Sanders was forced out with a knee injury that isn't believed to be a long-term issue.
- Freeman ran more routes than Lindsay for a fourth straight week. Freeman has a 15-92-0 receiving line on 18 targets in that stretch, compared to 11-94-0 on 13 targets for Lindsay.
- Sutton played 94 percent of snaps and landed between seven and nine targets for a sixth time in as many games. He's on pace for an 80-1,272-8 receiving line on 123 targets.
- Flacco is No. 11 in QBR and No. 20 among QBs in PFF grade.
Cowboys 22 Jets 24
- Ezekiel Elliott played 91 percent of snaps, relegating Tony Pollard to 9 percent. It was a third straight week above 90 percent for Elliott, who has averaged 19.3 carries, 5.3 targets, 102.7 scrimmage yards and 1.0 TDs in that stretch.
- With Amari Cooper (hip) forced out after the opening drive, Tavon Austin played 93 percent of snaps and Cedrick Wilson took 61 percent. Michael Gallup (96 percent) and Jason Witten (88 percent) also reached season highs.
- Witten drew seven targets, after seeing exactly four in each of his previous five games.
- The Cowboys ran 24 plays from 12 personnel (one RB, two TEs), compared to an average of nine in their first five games.
- Dak Prescott still leads the league in QBR (82.7) and ranks third among QBs in PFF grade. Part of the explanation? The Cowboys were charged with five drops Sunday (including three from Gallup), bringing Prescott's season total to 16 dropped passes, second most in the league behind only Carson Wentz (17), per PFF. Matt Ryan has been dealt 10 fewer drops on 47 more passes.
- Prescott has the third-lowest sack rate (3.2 percent) among qualified passers, after ranking 28th of 33 last year (9.6 percent).
- Le'Veon Bell played 82 percent of snaps, with Bilal Powell (19 percent) and Ty Montgomery (10 percent) also getting some work.
- Robby Anderson played 92 percent of snaps, slightly ahead of Ryan Griffin (84 percent), Demaryius Thomas (81 percent) and Jamison Crowder (81 percent).
- Anderson ran a route on each of Sam Darnold's 35 dropbacks, with Crowder (32), Thomas (30), Bell (27) and Griffin (24) not too far behind, per PFF. Anderson also ran a route on every dropback Week 1. Crowder has run a route on 78 of Darnold's 82 dropbacks (95 percent), with Bell at 73 (89 percent).
- Pass distribution in Darnold's two starts:
- WR Crowder: 36 percent target share, 29 percent air-yard share (5.5 aDOT)
- WR Anderson: 21 percent target share, 44 percent air-yard share (14.2 aDOT)
- RB Bell: 14 percent target share, 0 percent air-yard share (-0.1 aDOT)
- TE Griffin: 10 percent target share, 2 percent air-yard share (1.6 aDOT)
Steelers 24 Chargers 17
- James Conner had 16 carries and seven targets on 30 snaps, eventually missing the entire fourth quarter with a quad injury.
- Benny Snell got nine of his 17 carries and his lone target while Conner was still in the game, but Conner piled up nine touches (including all seven plays on a 40-yard TD drive) before the rookie got his first.
- JuJu Smith-Schuster played 85 percent of snaps, followed by Diontae Johnson (65 percent), Vance McDonald (65 percent), Nick Vannett (62 percent), Johnny Holton (53 percent) and Donte Moncrief (23 percent).
- JuJu ran 21 routes on Devlin Hodges' 21 dropbacks. McDonald and Johnson got 16 apiece, followed by 12 for Conner (seven targets!), 10 for Holton, eight for Moncrief, eight for Snell and seven for Vannett, per PFF.
- Melvin Gordon played 60 percent of snaps, compared to 45 percent for Austin Ekeler. The former had an 8-to-5 advantage in carries, while both backs saw four targets.
- Hunter Henry played 66 percent of snaps, running a route on 36 of Philip Rivers' 46 dropbacks (78 percent), per PFF. Henry ran a route on 32 of 39 dropbacks (82 percent) Week 1. His average of 34 routes is good for fifth among TEs, behind Austin Hooper (37), Evan Engram (36.2), Travis Kelce (34.7) and Zach Ertz (34.3), i.e., the heavyweights.
- Keenan Allen ran 45 routes, while Mike Williams ran 42, Gordon got 27, Travis Benjamin had 24 and Austin Ekeler only 20.
- Pass distribution from the two games both Henry and Williams have played:
- RBs Ekeler/Gordon/Jackson: 24 percent target share, 1 percent air-yard share (0.6 aDOT)
- WR Allen: 21 percent target share, 28 percent air-yard share (12.2 aDOT)
- TE Henry: 18 percent target share, 22 percent air-yard share (10.9 aDOT)
- WR Williams: 17 percent target share, 32 percent air-yard share (17.6 aDOT)
- WR Benjamin: 9 percent target share, 14 percent air-yard share (14.6 aDOT)
Lions 22 Packers 23
- Kerryon Johnson played 73 percent of snaps, with J.D. McKissic getting 24 percent and Ty Johnson just 3 percent.
- Kerryon has landed between 70 and 77 percent in three straight games.
- Danny Amendola played just 34 percent of snaps, with Marvin Hall getting 17 percent and No. 3 tight end Logan Thomas playing 36 percent.
- T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James played 56 percent of snaps apiece.
- Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay both ran 32 routes on Matthew Stafford's 36 dropbacks, per PFF. Hockenson was a distant third with 19, followed by Kerryon (17), James (16) and Amendola (14).
- Hockenson's mark of 0.53 routes per dropback was a downgrade from 0.66 in Weeks 1-3 (he suffered a concussion Week 4 and had a bye Week 5).
- Stafford is No. 8 in QBR (63.6), No. 7 in YPA (8.0) and No. 9 in PFF grade (76.5). He leads the NFL with 7.2 attempts per game thrown 20 or more yards downfield, accounting for 20.8 percent of his total passes (second-most behind Ryan Fitzpatrick), per PFF. Stafford's 38.9 adjusted completion percentage on those throws ranks 19th among 31 QBs with double-digit deep passes. His 14 completions are fifth-most, with his receivers yet to drop a deep ball this year.
- Jamaal Williams returned from injury to handle 53 percent of snaps, compared to 49 percent for Aaron Jones. The former had a 14-to-11 advantage in carries, while the latter had a 7-to-4 lead for targets. Jones lost a fumble and dropped a would-be touchdown, taking a huge step back from his four-TD performance the previous week. The timeshare stands.
- Geronimo Allison (chest, concussion) was forced out of the game, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling briefly exited with a leg injury in the first half. Jake Kumerow thus led Green Bay's WRs with 88 percent snap share, followed by MVS (77 percent), Allison (43 percent), Darrius Shepherd (39 percent) and Allen Lazard (23 percent).
- Kumerow led the team with 36 routes, ahead of MVS (31), Jimmy Graham (29), Jones (21), Shepherd (20), Allison (19), Williams (18), Lazard (11) and Marcedes Lewis (8), per PFF.
- Aaron Rodgers' interception hit Shepherd in the facemask.
Editor's Note: Many stats that include a player's rank in a category don't account for the Monday game.