Some interesting information on Alex Smith came out this week. ESPN's Stats and Info blog shows he is essentially an average quarterback when protected well but drops off severely when pressured. That is a problem in San Francisco, as the line allows pressure on 21% of dropbacks, 5% over the league average. However, Pro Football Focus notes that last week against the Philadelphia blitz he was 15-22 for 201 yards. With the sample sizes involved drawing any conclusions is dangerous, but Smith owners would like to see better performances going forward.
The Jets have not turned the ball over in four games.
While Steve Smith (NYG) is a fine receiver, the numbers bear out that Hakeem Nicks is the number one option for Eli Manning.
Baltimore ran eleven plays inside Denver's ten-yard line and did not throw a pass (ten runs and a sack). While that is good for Ray Rice and the other running backs, it is a rotten trend for Joe Flacco owners.
Brandon LaFell was targeted eight times but only came up with one catch. The numbers are poor, but any receiver seeing that much action is worth a look in deep leagues and those with special rules for rookie keepers.
Dallas Clark was kept in to block more often after Joseph Addai left Sunday's game. That contributed to his low numbers. Addai is optimistic to play this week, so have no reservations about deploying Clark as usual.
In the first game without Marshawn Lynch to crowd the backfield Fred Jackson received thirteen touches from scrimmage while C.J. Spiller saw only six. At least Spiller gets plenty of kickoffs to return.
Steve Johnson not only leads Buffalo in touchdowns but he has a team high 31 targets as well.
Kenny Britt drew two pass interference penalties covering 48 yards. Adding those as catches would have given him six for 134 yards on the day. Football Outsiders rated him the third most effective wide receiver for Week Five.
Michael Crabtree forced three missed tackles on nine catches.
Chris Ivory did not have a great day for yardage but he did force five missed tackles on ten carries. He may not break through this year but he is displaying skills that could make him very successful.
Ryan Mathews saw the least amount of playing time among the top three Charger running backs.
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