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January 29, 2015 at 8:10 AM

Pro Football Focus previews Super Bowl

Here is the weekly selection of links and a few stats from Pro Football Focus, this time previewing the Super Bowl:
Articles:
ReFocused Packers/Seahawks and Colts/Patriots conference championship games
PFF regular season All-NFC West Team
Ben Stockwell took a look at how to possibly contain Seattle’s offense.
Breakdown of this past week’s Reese’s Senior Bowl that featured a couple UW players.
 Signature Stats:
Russell Wilson and Tom Brady are both above-average QBs in terms of PFF QB Rating on the year. Brady has the slight edge on the year but if you remove last week’s completely opposite performances, both are barely above 91.0.
Both starting QBs have attempted around 65 passes that travel over 20+ yards in the air. There is a massive contrast in accuracy rates on deep passes–Wilson is at 49.2% (fourth) versus Brady’s 34.8% (25th of 35). On the year the Pats have given up a respectable 33 completions on 99 attempts with 7 TDs 8 INTs on deep passes. But let’s be honest, it’s a lot easier to defend against the deep ball sitting on a double-digit lead. Wilson can exploit them if given the opportunity.
Wilson’s Time to Throw (TTT) is the longest for any QB this season at a 3.16 second/pass average. Other than Peyton, Brady gets rid of it the quickest at 2.37 seconds. Keeping those two durations in mind, both offensive lines have virtually the same Pass Blocking Efficiency. This really shows how vulnerable the Pats offensive line is and possibly why they go six O-linemen.
One of the key positions will be slot corner. Against the Packers, Lane got torched but not many have graded positively against Randall Cobb. On the year he’s still tenth in slot Yards/Coverage Snap allowed at only 0.91. The player he will most likely match up against is Julian Edelman, the receiver with the highest slot target rate. His YPPR is above average but his 11.32% drop rate is one of the highest.
Big gap in punters: Jon Ryan currently fourth at +23.4 while Ryan Allen is 32nd (of 37) grading at -5.7. Ryan ranks first in punt return rate at 27.5 and should neutralize Edelman who is actually a good returner.

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