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NFL Week 14 Matchups: Need-To-Know Data

Dallas (11-1) @ New York Giants (8-4)

  • In 2016, no quarterback’s passer rating drops more when pressured than Dak Prescott’s. Although Prescott’s overall 108.6 rating ranks 3rd best in the NFL, it plummets to 45.9 when the pass rush can break through Dallas’s stout offensive line.
  • The Giants have struggled to pressure opposing passers. They’ve registered a hurry, sack or knockdown on 26.5% of dropbacks, 6th worst in the NFL.
  • The Giants’ DE Olivier Vernon is 4th in the NFL with 3.5 QB pressures per game.
  • This season Ezekiel Elliott has averaged 2.7 rushing yards downfield before being contacted, the 5th highest average in the league among qualified rushers.
  • The Giants’ defense, on the other hand, average the fewest yards before contact in the NFL, allowing opponents to travel just 1.6 yards downfield before harassing them. Moreover, the Giants allow the 3rd fewest yards per carry (3.5) and the 2nd fewest total rushing yards per game (77.5).

Seattle (8-3-1) @ Green Bay (6-6)

  • Aaron Rodgers has won 14 of 15 home games at Lambeau field in his career in the month of December. 
  • Expect an emphasis on the running game from both teams. Over the past 5 seasons, teams rush 47% of the time at Lambeau, the 7th most among current NFL stadiums. 
  • In games this season in which Jake Ryan has started, Packers’ opponents have rushed for 67.3 yards per game versus 144.3 in games he hasn’t.
  • Thomas Rawls finished 2nd in the NFL in 2015 with 3.2 rush yards after contact per attempt (min 100 attempts). Look for him to have a breakout game as he continues to rehab from his fibula injury.
Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls leaps defender Daryl Worley in Seattle's 40-7 Victory on December 4th.

Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls leaps defender Daryl Worley in Seattle’s 40-7 Victory on December 4th.

Pittsburgh (7-5) @ Buffalo (6-6)

  • Over the past 4 weeks, the Bills are 1st in the NFL with 5.9 rushing yards per attempt.
  • For the Steelers’ offense, all eyes are on Ladarius Green. Green had the 3rd best performance of a Steelers tight end in the Ben Roethlisberger era with 110 receiving yards in Week 13.
  • The Bills have allowed a 114.52 passer rating to opposing QBs when targeting TEs.

Denver (8-4) @ Tennessee (6-6)

  • The Titans have no turnovers over the past 3 games as Marcus Mariota has registered a remarkably efficient 131.9 passer rating in that same stretch. 
  • In 2016, only 25.5% of Denver’s drives have reached the red zone while 29.5% of drives ended up in a 3-and-out, 32nd and 23rd in the league, respectively.

Baltimore (7-5) @ New England (10-2)

  • Tom Brady’s passer rating of 113.1 this season is the second best of his career trailing only his 16-0 season in 2007 (117.2).
  • Among defensive backs with at least 30 targets no player has given up as low a passer rating as safety Eric Weddle (30.0.) In his first year in Baltimore, Weddle has given up just 11 completions for 108 yards on 31 targets.
  • The Patriots defense ranks 3rd in the NFL with 7.8 hurries per game.