We are officially over halfway through the 2020 NFL season and frankly, it’s turning into the season we thought it might.
Injuries are rife. Predicting IDP points is tough. It’s a jungle out there.
Baltimore Ravens – 68 snaps
Edge Yannick Ngakoue (45) has failed to record a sack in his first two games as a Raven. In fact, he failed to record any stats at all this week. He did manage four pressures though – don’t panic. He’ll be back. Only Matthew Judon (53) played more edge snaps than him. Pernell McPhee (33) was way back in third.
Buffalo Bills – 65 snaps
DE Jerry Hughes (44) managed a sack too – for the third straight game. His running mate Mario Addison (43) also got home. Trent Murphy (29) and AJ Epenesa (11) are both getting some snaps – but the top two guys are hogging the effectiveness.
The Bengals enjoyed their bye week.
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The Browns enjoyed their bye week.
Denver Broncos – 71 snaps
Bryce Callahan missed the game at corner. De’Vante Bausby (54), Essang Bassey (48) and Kevin Toliver (17) all helped fill the gap.
Houston Texans – 69 snaps
Edge players Whitney Mercilus (out) and Brennan Scarlett (10) barely played this week. Rookie Jonathan Greenard (57) had to step into the breach to play more than five snaps for the first time. He rushed the passer 27 times and recorded just a single hurry. So, it wasn’t a great day.
Indianapolis Colts – 64 snaps
The Colts continue to be one of the lowest volume defenses in the NFL. This is a worry even with Darius Leonard (63) having some huge games since his return.
Safety Khari Willis (64) finally recorded a decent IDP day. He’s played almost every snap this season and was due a big day.
Jacksonville Jaguars – 64 snaps
DT Taven Bryan saw just 23 snaps and was benched for Doug Costin (29). The Jags may have finally accepted Taven is not good. Costin racked up four pressures in this game from 18 pass rushes. Bryan has seven for the year from 175 rushes.
Kansas City Chiefs – 83 snaps
This is the most defense the Chiefs have played since week two.
DT Chris Jones played a massive 67 snaps. He’s really developed in terms of his motor.
Las Vegas Raiders – 79 snaps
This is the most the Raiders defense has played all season, which explains a couple of big days.
DE Clelin Ferrell (57) actually had another good game – even though he again failed to record a sack. His 20 pressures with no sacks is impressive in its futility.
On the other side, Maxx Crosby (69) did manage a sack. He has five for the season although he’s really not playing well.
Crosby has five sacks from 16 pressures. The difference between the two demonstrates how hard it is to predict pass-rushing stats.
Los Angeles Chargers – 50 snaps
On the opposite side of the field from the Raiders, the Chargers had one of the lowest defensive snap counts of the season, which likewise explains low IDP scoring.
Kenneth Murray (26) did not play well. He was benched in-game for Denzel Perryman (37). Murray has been racking up tackles which makes people think he’s playing well. In reality, he’s really struggled in coverage – no surprise given it wasn’t even a strength in college and rookie LBs tend to adjust poorly.
Miami Dolphins – 69 snaps
DE Emmanuel Ogbah (54) had another big day. He is having a spectacular IDP season. But please know the difference – he’s not a good player. He never has been. He’s an edge player who is poor at setting the edge. And he is not a standout pass rusher (notwithstanding his excellent pressure numbers this year). Enjoy the production while it lasts – but don’t expect him to be a long-term solution.
LB Jerome Baker (52) is similar. He’s a solid LB2, but he’s not a good player and is a strong risk for replacement in the off-season.
New England Patriots – 45 snaps
The worst Patriots season in decades continued this week with a lackluster win over the abject Jets.
DT Lawrence Guy and LB Ja’Whaun Bentley both missed the game.
With safety Kyle Dugger (4) also barely used, Pats fans can’t even comfort themselves with the development of rookies.
For IDP owners it’s really not much better. The Pats have played the fewest defensive snaps in the NFL and also, the fewest per week on average. There’s very little here to get us excited.
New York Jets – 81 snaps
This was the most the Jets defense has played in a single game since week one.
With LB Avery Williamson traded away, the big question was “who would take the second LB job?”.
The answer (this week at least) was Harvey Langi who played 77 snaps next to Neville Hewitt (81). That might change as Blake Cashman and Patrick Onwuasor become available – but for now Langi is very startable.
Pittsburgh Steelers – 72 snaps
LB Avery Williamson was not eligible to play in this game so Robert Spillane (67) and Vince Williams (60) both played high volume. At least one of those is likely to lose a lot of snaps next week, and it’s likely to be Spillane. Don’t mistake high tackle numbers for NFL quality.
Tennessee Titans – 77 snaps
The Titans are a sneaky high-volume defense. They’ve averaged 71 snaps per game this season.
Early in the season Jayon Brown (77) was not scoring IDP points and owners were panicking. He’s a low-end LB1 in most leagues now after a sack this week and several good weeks in a row. His coverage prowess makes him vastly preferable to Rashaan Evans (53).
On the edge Harold Landry (72) recorded just his second sack of the season. He’s racked up 29 pressures (joint 13th among edge players) but his finishing ratio has been very poor. He’s a fine buy candidate if you can get a deal on him.
On the other side Jadeveon Clowney missed the game and Vic Beasley was traded away – so Derick Roberson (50) stepped in. He created four pressures and played well. He’s a sneaky add in large (start three edges or 70+ roster) leagues. The third edge was Wyatt Ray (13).
Good luck everyone!
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