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NFL Week 15 Matchups: Need-To-Know Data
New England (11-2) @ Denver (8-5)
- In his last 3 starts at Denver, Tom Brady has struggled, completing only 54% of his passes with a 6.4 average yards/attempt and a QB Rating of 80.1.
- The Patriots have thrown only 2 interceptions through 12 games. This is the fewest through 12 games to start a season since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
- Early scoring may prove decisive in this matchup. New England has scored the most points in the NFL in the 1st quarter with 103, while Denver has scored the fewest with just 23.
Tampa Bay (8-5) @ Dallas (11-2)
- Expect a heavy dose of rushing Sunday night. The Cowboys and the Buccaneers rank 1st and 3rd, respectively, in rush attempts per game. Dallas is more successful, however, averaging 4.75 yards per rush compared to Tampa Bay’s 3.52. The league average is 4.16.
- Over the past 5 weeks, the Buccaneers have given up 1.13 points per drive, the fewest in the NFL.
- Can Tampa Bay keep Dallas in 3rd and long situations? Tampa Bay ranks 2nd in 3rd down stops, only allowing opponents to convert on 34.2% of third downs. Dallas averages 6.7 yards to gain on 3rd down, ranked 4th, a full half yard better than the league average.
Detroit (9-4) @ New York Giants (9-4)
- No active, qualifying QBs posts a lower passer rating when blitzed than Eli Manning at 63.7. That’s 29.8 points lower than his rating not facing a blitz.
- Janoris Jenkins has allowed a low 58.1 passer rating when targeted this season, 5th best among DBs with at least 50 targets. Last week against the Cowboys he shut down Dez Bryant, recording an interception and allowing just one catch for 10 yards on six targets.
- When throwing the ball on 3rd down against the Giants, opponents have moved the chains on only 32.7% of attempts.
Tennessee (7-6) @ Kansas City (10-3)
- Tennessee hasn’t had a TO since week 9. At four games, this is the longest active streak in the NFL.
- On 10 Red Zone targets this season, Marcus Peters has allowed just 3 catches for 12 yards and no touchdowns, which is good for a passer rating of exactly 0.0. On the other side of the ball, Titans S Daimion Stafford has allowed 5 touchdowns on just 12 Red Zone targets and an overall passer rating of 132.6.
- Kansas City’s defense is in the bottom 10 of the NFL in 3rd Down Completion %, 3 and Out %, Yards Per Game Allowed, and 1st Downs Allowed, but have forced the most turnovers.
Indianapolis (6-7) @ Minnesota (7-6)
- Vikings kicker Kai Forbath could have several field goal opportunities again this week as the Vikings score touchdowns on only 45.0% of their Red Zone trips, which is 29th in the league. Conversely, The Colts’ defense only gives up touchdowns on 48.8% of Red Zone trips against them, the 6th best rate in the NFL.
- No quarterback attempts a higher percentage of their passes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage than Sam Bradford at 76.3%. Fortunately for the Vikings, the Colts allow 6.4 passing yards per attempt on such passes, 2nd most in the league.
- Among qualified NFL tight ends, Kyle Rudolph ranks 3rd in targets/game, 1st in red zone targets, and is tied for the most TD receptions. The Colts have given up the 3rd most receiving yards to tight ends this season.