5 NFL Stats to Know Through Week 4
Week 4 was a good week for the youth movement at quarterback as well as for road teams. All the games played this week featured at least one starting quarterback aged 26 or younger, and 11 teams went on the road and won, including upset wins for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.
But it wasn't just the youngsters who will look back on the past week with fondness. Larry Fitzgerald had five catches for 47 yards for the Arizona Cardinals against the Seattle Seahawks, giving him 1,326 career receptions. Only Jerry Rice has more catches in NFL history than Fitzgerald does. Another wide receiver wearing number 11 who achieved a special milestone this week was Julio Jones. The Atlanta Falcons' wideout could only manage four grabs for 52 yards, but that was enough to take him to 11,048 career receiving yards. Jones was playing in his 115th career game, making him the fastest player to 11,000 yards in NFL history.
Here are five other stats to know -- both traditional and our advanced statistics -- from Week 4 of the season.
Aaron Rodgers Scored 25.4 Fantasy Points
Aaron Rodgers 25.4 fantasy points against the Philadelphia Eagles marked the first time Rodgers had managed more than 14.4 points in a game in 2019 and just the third time he's eclipsed 20 points since Week 8 of 2018. It was also the first time all season he had passed for more than 235 yards.
Rodgers became the first quarterback to pass for 400-plus yards and rush for 40-plus yards since Thursday Night Football became a part of the NFL calendar in 2006. This feat has only been accomplished 10 times overall since 2000. Quarterbacks are 1-9 in these games.
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Thursday night also marked the end of Rodgers' 59 home game streak of winning whilst holding a 10-point lead. His was the second-longest streak in NFL history, trailing only Tom Brady's 80 games. Ironically, both streaks were snapped by the Eagles.
Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will take on the stingy Dallas Cowboys defense in Week 5. Rodgers has enjoyed his postseason clashes with the Cowboys, in which he has averaged 335 yards and 2.5 touchdowns. But it's been a different story in the regular season. In seven regular-season meetings, Rodgers averages 243 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game versus Dallas. He has never managed a 300-yard performance against them in the regular season.
Tom Brady Averaged -0.34 Passing NEP per Drop Back
Tom Brady completed 18 of his 39 pass attempts for 150 yards and no touchdowns, giving him a passer rating of 45.9. This was the fifth-lowest single-game clip of his career and his worst since his 34.0 passing rating against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9 of the 2006 season. Only once prior Sunday had Brady amassed 150 or fewer passing yards in a game in which he had at least 35 pass attempts. You have to go back to Week 16 of the 2002 season for the previous instance.
Going by our metrics, Brady's per-play performance was just as bad as it sounds. He averaged -0.34 Adjusted Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per drop back, the third-lowest among all quarterbacks with at least 20 attempts in Week 4. It was Brady's second-lowest single-game performance since the beginning of the 2018 season. He averaged -0.47 Passing NEP per drop back back in Week 16 of last season ... against the Bills.
Brady's Success Rate -- the number of his drop backs that positively impacted NEP -- was a pitiful 17.95%. Only Case Keenum -- among all quarterbacks in Week 4 -- had a lower total than Brady's. Going back to last season, Brady's previous low was 39.3%.
Brady should enjoy a smoother ride in Week 5 when the Patriots take on Washington. Sunday marked the first time all year that the Washington defense allowed less than three passing touchdowns. Brady has 10-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio in four career games against Washington.
Nick Chubb Racked Up 39.3 Fantasy Points
The Cleveland Browns beat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in the first 40-25 scoreline in NFL history. In what may come as a surprise to many, they achieved this points total with practically no help from Odell Beckham. Beckham finished with a career-low 20 receiving yards. The driving force of the Browns' win was running back Nick Chubb.
Chubb carried the ball 20 times, finishing with 165 yards and three rushing touchdowns. One of his scores was an 88-yard dash, his second touchdown of 85-plus yards in his last 11 games. Chubb became the first Browns' running back with 160 yards and three scores in a single game since Jerome Harrison against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. He is also the first player to ever achieve this feat against the Ravens.
Chubb finished with 39.3 PPR points in Week 4, the third-highest total by a Browns running back since 1999 and the most since Peyton Hillis managed 43.4 against the Carolina Panthers in Week 12 of the 2010 season.
Chubb and the Browns take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5, and the numbers would suggest that Chubb will need a healthy workload to return fantasy value. Ronald Jones is the only running back to amass more than 43 yards against the 49ers this season, while Jones and James Conner have the most single-game rushing attempts against them. Both had 13 carries in their respective games. Chubb has had 20 carries in back-to-back games and at least 17 in all four games in 2019.
Frank Gore Reached 15,000 Career Rushing Yards
Frank Gore went into the Bills clash with the Patriots needing 88 rushing yards to reach 15,000 for his career. By the time the game was over, Gore had 107 yards, becoming just the fourth player in NFL history to eclipse the 15,000-yard mark.
Gore's 107 rushing yards included two runs of at least 20 yards, making him the first 36-year-old to have two such runs in a single game since 1999. The player on that occasion (Doug Flutie) wasn't even a running back, either -- although Flutie was playing for the Bills, just like Gore. Gore is the second oldest player to ever rush for 100 yards in a game, at 36 years and 139 days old. MacArthur Lane (36 years, 199 days) had 144 yards for the Chiefs against -- you've guessed it -- the Bills in 1978. John Riggins also managed three 100-yard games as a 36-year-old during the 1985 season.
Gore has accounted for 52% of the Bills rushing attempts in 2019, and if this continues, it may not be long before he is celebrating another milestone. He is only 250 yards behind Barry Sanders on the all-time rushing list. He may be able to chip away at these remaining yards in Week 5, as the Bills take on the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have allowed four running backs to go over 50 yards already this season.
Von Miller Recorded His 100th Career Sack
One of the biggest talking points going into Week 4 was the lack of defensive production from the Denver Broncos, who had recorded zero sacks and zero turnovers in Vic Fangio's first three games in charge. They managed to look a bit like their old selves on Sunday, recording five sacks against Gardner Minshew and the Jacksonville Jaguars. This included two from Von Miller, giving him 100 sacks for his career.
Miller recorded his 100th sack in his 124th career game. The NFL began recording sacks back in 1982. Since then, only five players have registered more sacks in their first 124 games than Miller has.
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Since entering the NFL in 2011, Miller leads the league in sacks. He's registered at least 10.0 sacks in all but one season, including getting 10-plus sacks in each of his last five seasons. He'll be looking to get on a roll in Week 5 as the Broncos take on the Los Angeles Chargers. Miller has 16 sacks in 16 career games against the Chargers, his highest total against any one team.