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NFL Week 17 Matchups: Need-To-Know Data
Green Bay (9-6) @ Detroit (9-6)
- Since the NFL’s divisional realignment in 2002, the Packers have won the NFC North eight times, while Detroit is yet to win the North. The Bears and Vikings have each won the NFC North on three occasions.
- Green Bay enters the game riding a five-game winning streak, during which Aaron Rodgers has a league leading 119.9 passer rating and 11 touchdowns to zero interceptions.
- Detroit’s Golden Tate ranks second among all NFL WRs in Yards After Catch with 579 on the year. Only Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has more (585).
New York Giants (10-5) @ Washington (8-6-1)
- Washington RB Rob Kelley forces missed tackles more often than any player in the NFL with at least 100 touches. The rookie out of Tulane has forced a defender whiff on a tackle once per 3.7 touches.
- When pressured, Eli Manning’s passer rating drops to 46.4. Washington’s defense pressures opposing quarterbacks on 27.8% of drop backs, the third highest rate in the league.
- Washington QB Kirk Cousins enters the game ranked third in the NFL, averaging 8.1 yards/attempt on the season and third in yards per attempt through the air.
New Orleans (7-8) @ Atlanta (10-5)
- Both offenses have found major success through the air this season, as the Falcons lead the NFL with a 115.1 team passer rating in 2016, while the Saints rank fourth in the league at 103.9. The Saints are tied for the NFL lead in Passing TDs with 36, while the Falcons are 3rd with 34.
- Among QBs with at least 224 passes, Matt Ryan’s 9.3 passing yards/attempt this season is the highest since Kurt Warner in 2000 and the fourth highest since 1970. Additionally, Ryan’s 115.5 passer rating ranks fifth since 1970 – seven out of the top 10 QBs on that list went on to win MVP.
- Three New Orlean’s WRs (Brandin Cooks, Michael Thomas, Willie Snead) have over 800 receiving yards this season, which makes them only the fifth team since 1995 to do so.
Kansas City (11-4) @ San Diego (5-10)
- No defensive back in the NFL allows a lower passer rating when targeted than the Chargers’ Casey Hayward. Although opposing QBs have thrown the ball his way 95 times, Hayward has allowed just 53.7% completion percentage and a 49.9 passer rating.
- Chiefs’ LB Dee Ford recorded eight total pressures last week versus the Denver Broncos. The Chargers have allowed 13.4 pressures per game this season, fifth most in the league.
- Kansas City speedster Tyreek Hill is one of only four players in the NFL with 250+ rushing yards and 500+ receiving yards. The others are David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell, and Clevelands’ Duke Johnson.