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32 NFL Observations, Week 1

That was the second-best single-game mark of his 11-year career and just the third time in 155 games he’s topped the 90.0 percent mark.
This was the best mark by a Broncos offensive line since Week 15 of the 2014 season.
This is tied for the third-most ever recorded by a team on the first week of a season.
Ekeler ended his team’s season opener averaging 5.80 yards per route run – the third-best mark ever recorded by a running back in Week 1.
It’s the first time Cobb has reached the 100-yard mark in a single game and it’s the best mark we’ve ever seen from a Packers wide receiver.
Since 2014, Jones has averaged over three yards per route run in 28 games, which is by far the best mark among receivers in that span.
Both of these are the best marks by a quarterback in Week 1 of a season.
This is tied for the most ever recorded by a quarterback in a single game.
Seattle Seahawks: Tight end Will Dissly tallied 105 receiving yards, 67 yards after the catch, racked up three explosive plays and averaged 5.25 yards per route run in Week 1.
All of which are the best marks ever recorded by a rookie tight end in a season opener.

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Sep 9, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) warms up prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The 32 Observations series returns this year with Mark Chichester finding an interesting piece of information about all 32 teams after one week of football. If you would like to make some observations of your own, you can do so with PFF Elite, where you can find several signature statistics for every offensive and defensive position in football, thanks to Premium Stats 2.0.


Buffalo Bills: The Bills defense yielded a passer rating of 123.5 against Joe Flacco and the Ravens in Week 1, their worst mark since Week 9 of the 2016 season.

Miami Dolphins: Wide receiver Kenny stills generated a perfect passer rating of 158.3 in Week 1 against the Titans. It’s only the fourth time in his career that he’s been targeted more than five times in a game and generated a perfect rating.

New England Patriots: Tight end Rob Gronkowski tallied four explosive plays (plays of 15-plus yards) in Week 1, which tied with Jared Cook for the most among tied ends. Since 2014, Gronkowski has racked up 119 explosive plays – 14 more than the next closest tight end.

New York Jets: Last Monday, second-year safety Jamal Adams racked up three defensive stops against the run when he lined up within eight yards of the line of scrimmage. Since he entered the league in 2017, Adams has accumulated 28 stops when he’s lined up within those eight yards, five more than any other safety in that span.


Baltimore Ravens: Quarterback Joe Flacco posted an adjusted completion percentage of 90.6 percent on his 34 pass attempts against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. That was the second-best single-game mark of his 11-year career and just the third time in 155 games he’s topped the 90.0 percent mark.

Cincinnati Bengals: Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick broke up three of the 10 targets that were sent his way in Week 1. Since 2012, Kirkpatrick now has six games with at least two pass breakups, the most among Bengals defenders in that span.

Cleveland Browns: Right tackle Chris Hubbard was beaten by a defender on a whopping seven of his 54 pass-blocking snaps in Week 1. Since 2006, no offensive lineman has ever been beaten that many times in a season opener.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Linebacker Vince Williams produced eight defensive stops in Week 1, which is tied career-best for Williams and tied for third-most ever recorded in a single game by a Steelers defensive player.


Houston Texans: Lamar Miller racked up 43 rushing yards after he was contacted at or behind the line of scrimmage in Week 1, the best mark among running backs.

Indianapolis Colts: Edge defender Margus Hunt produced three quarterback pressures in his team’s season opener. It’s only the 10th time in six seasons that Hunt has managed to produce three or more quarterback pressures in a game.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles was one of 11 quarterbacks who were hit as they threw during Week 1 of the 2018 season. While that doesn’t sound significant, Bortles has now been hit as he threw at least once in 17 of his 33 games since 2016, which is tied with Carson Wentz for the most in that span.

Tennessee Titans: Before leaving the game with a hand injury, quarterback Marcus Mariota threw two turnover-worthy passes from a clean pocket, the second most among signal-callers in Week 1. Since he entered the league in 2015, Mariota has thrown a turnover-worthy pass on 3.6 percent of his pass attempts from a clean pocket – the worst mark among quarterbacks with at least 900…

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