One of the more frustrating things in IDP leagues is seeing your stud linebacker fly all over the field on game days only to see the home score keeper dilute his performance by divvying up his tackles as an assist. On the flip side, if your league doesn’t score solos and assists too differently, you’ll have a better idea of what teams hand out assists like candy. Not everyone knows this, but the NFL does not recognize a tackle as an official statistic. Tackles are scored by the home team’s official score keeper and those are the stats you see on the news and websites. The league made an effort to standardize what is and isn’t a solo tackle back in 2007 when they sent a video to all NFL teams, but it still the discretion of the score keeper. There is a still a large discrepancy from team to team and week-to-week. I will be tracking this throughout the season to give you a better idea of what to expect when choosing your IDPs each week.
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There were a couple things to really jump out at me when watching football this weekend. The first was Jason Pierre-Paul. His motor definitely appears to be back. There was one play in particular where he chased down Bilal Powell from behind which really impressed me. On another play he exploded off the line into the backfield but whiffed on the quarterback because of the giant boxing glove he wears on his mangled hand. In years past, he would have been able to grab the quarterback for the sack. I don’t know how this is going to improve…unless he gets a robotic hand!!!!
Sean Lee was pretty much the only watchable part of the Monday Night Football snoozer. He was active on every play, often blitzing the quarterback. He racked up 13 total tackles and a sack but his night could have been so much bigger. Whenever the Sean Lee pendulum swings in a positive direction he gets injured shortly afterwards, hopefully he can stay healthy because he’s playing great ball since Rolando McClain has returned.
Detroit seems to have found an interesting piece for their defense with Isa Abdul-Quddus. He was all over the field on Thursday night and got in a couple good shots on Aaron Rodgers. It’s too bad he, or any other Lion defender, knows how to defend a 65-yard heave with no time on the clock. Too soon?
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