Published: October 2nd, 2011 | Tags: Playbook
After watching every game on Sunday, here are a few things we noticed throughout the day:
On 21 of Chicago’s 22 first-down plays, the Bears ran the ball. Matt Forte, who rushed for 205 yards, averaged 7.56 yards per carry on first down (16 for 121 yards).
While the Bills had been a second-half wonder this season, they weren’t against the Bengals. Cincinnati gained 293 yards in the second half and scored on four of their five drives. Every drive was at least seven plays and 50 yards.
Big plays led the way for the Titans. Jared Cook’s 80-yard touchdown reception, Jordan Babineaux’s 97-yard pick six and Nate Washington’s 57-yard reception to the 4-yard line (with 37 seconds left in the first half) turned in quick points. Cleveland’s offense had the ball 14 more minutes than Tennessee, but the Titans’ longest scoring drive went 3 minutes and 23 seconds.
After putting up a first-half passer rating of 128.3, Tony Romo had a 44.5 rating in the second half. He threw three interceptions that led to three Lion touchdowns (including two pick sixes). The Cowboys dominated almost every statistical category –- except forced turnovers.
Houston’s offense only had one negative play against the Steelers (one rush for minus-2 yards). Pittsburgh’s offense had six negative plays — two on third down.
The Saints had six drives in excess of 9 plays (correction: we originally said minutes) and scored on five of them (two touchdowns and three field goals).
All the stuff the coaches preach during the week, the Chiefs executed. On special teams, Javier Arenas had three punt returns for 71 yards, which won field position for Kansas City. The Chiefs beat the Vikings in third-down efficiency. And they didn’t turn the ball over, either.
Give San Francisco credit. The 49ers’ offensive line opened up holes and Frank Gore ran for a season-high 127 yards on 15 carries (8.5 yards per carry).
But when you take into account the totality of the Eagles’ effort — imbalance on offense (they ran LeSean McCoy only nine times and Michael Vick dropped back 46 times), an inability to score in the red zone (2-of-7), two missed field goals, fumbles on the 1-yard line and another on their last possession -– it seems like Philadelphia lost their game more than San Francisco won it.
Sam Bradford was sacked a season-high seven times, and a majority of those pressures were generated by Brian Orakpo off of left tackle Roger Saffold. The Rams had seven possessions of three or fewer plays.
After falling behind 3-0, the Packers scored 21 points in 4 minutes and 51 seconds (Jordy Nelson touchdown, Charles Woodson pick six and an onside kick that led to an Aaron Rodgers touchdown run).
New England came into Week 4 averaging 102.7 rushing yards per game. Oakland was allowing an average of 120 yards per game on the ground. So, Bill Belichick attacked the Raiders’ front seven, racking up 183 rushing yards and setting rookie Stevan Ridley loose for 97 yards on nine carries.
Without Daniel Thomas, the Dolphins’ running game averaged only 3.3 yards per carry and the offense wasn’t efficient on first and second downs. Forced into third-and-long situations, Miami couldn’t generate drives. The Dolphins were 1-of-7 on third downs of at least 8 yards, including two interceptions.
Tarvaris Jackson, who threw for more than 300 yards for the first time this season, felt comfortable in the pocket; the Falcons went without a sack in their third straight game. But Atlanta’s offense held onto the ball for more than 40 minutes and won the game.
The Cardinals shot themselves in the foot. Arizona converted on only three of its 11 third-down opportunities and collected 11 penalties for 118 yards.
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