Everyone knows that the NFL is increasingly becoming a passing league. Teams are pitching nearly 60% of the time, and passes are more efficient than serves. However, in recent weeks, there have been a number of teams that have used the track in a way that is effective enough to justify overuse.
This week, we’ll use this space to look at the different ways the three teams have used their running game to great effect. We’ll start with the group that, at the moment, looks like it has NFLBest to run again.
Jonathan Taylor nearly set an NFL record with his ninth straight game of more than 100 yards and a touchdown, 97 yards in total and a score vs. Buccaneers last week. Since Week 6, however, Taylor has made 136 tackles with 878 yards, adding 12 touchdowns. His performance helped the Colts average 0.12 EPA per rush attempt during that period – better than all but eight pass crime during that time.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this stretch is the speed at which the Colts are generating explosive profits. According to TruMedia, 11.4% of their rush attempts achieved 12 yards or more during this time. However, it’s not like those benefits come from just one style of play. The Colts are using all the different runs and all the big plays in all different ways.
The attack is now back to full strength and it is completely dominating the opponent’s defense in front. Taylor is a physically weird who registered as the 90th percentile athlete in the NFL’s backtracks based on his performance at the combination; so he doesn’t exactly need a big loss to break a big profit. But he got them anyway, thanks to the work of the big boys up front.
Sometimes the blocking is so good that the opponent’s defense is pushed past hole, and Taylor has an even wider back-cut lane than the original rush lane. He sees those lanes as well as any lanes returning to the league, and he will use them whenever they appear. Whether it’s one gaping hole, two holes, or more, Taylor has the vision and patience to get to where the hole really is, instead of where it’s supposed to be. He excels at using jumps to maintain top speed as he changes direction, allowing him to pick as much as possible during these turns.
Even if the tackle isn’t perfect, Taylor’s combination of vision and explosiveness makes it possible for him to succeed. For such a massive back (he weighs 226 pounds), he can make himself unbelievably small on the way through a hole, then hit jet plane to pull away from the previous section and break into the subsection. He has a rare talent and the ability to turn what should have been small interests into much larger ones.
Sometimes, all of these things come together at the same time. He gets great blocking that provides a big hole so he can get through and advance to the second level. Then that hole quickly closed. Taylor used her vision to spot a lane leading to the next hole, lit the afterburner and made a good run into a great lane to the end zone.
Taylor’s success as a runner has mostly eclipsed his contributions to the passing game. After ceding most of the transmitted snaps to Nyheim Hines For the better part of his first season and a half in the NFL, Taylor has also taken on a sizable takeover role. He’s had at least three tackles in seven of Indy’s last nine games, and he’s averaging more than 9 yards per catch over the year. That versatility is valuable and it makes him the most dangerous player in the league at the moment.
No team has shown more devotion to running late than the Eagles. Philadelphia has called for a rush of 61% of the points since Week 9, about 7 percentage points more often than the nearest team. As a result, according to our friends at Setting the Run, the Eagles had a -14.2% beat rate, easily the lowest number in the NFL during that time. After starting the season off with extreme thinness, it’s been a remarkable change in season.
This change makes sense, even if it’s just because it’s much better to use Jalen Hurts‘skill set. Hurts has looked terrible as a passer in the team’s recent games, but he has had 49 263-yard dash attempts and three points in his past four games. His ability to take off and run on regionally read plays turns ordinary plays into multidimensional plays, and the mere threat of him running around the edge brings Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard, and Boston Scott an advantage over opposing defensive midfielders, who hesitate for a split second before falling down on a serve.
It helps the guides attacking Philadelphia who are DIgesting everything in front of them. There’s been a lot of play over the past couple of weeks where the guys up front knock multiple defenders to the ground and clear the way for Hurts and the guys behind to get to the second level completely unscathed. The Eagles are averaging 2.5 yards before contact per take since Week 9, according to TruMedia, the third-best score in the NFL. And that somehow seems low.
Even if they don’t kick defenders out of the club, the Eagles forwards are performing flawlessly. Philly didn’t do much other than running the ball last week against Giant; but if you’re looking for tapes that teach minions to attack, you can do much worse than just activating Philly vs. New York. These guys are doing so well that the Eagle has run the ball down his throat Saints‘the best running defense in the league a few weeks ago. Blocking the track helped them gain 5 feet or more on 40% of their head-to-head runs in this four-week period, according to TruMedia, a real plus that makes running an option. quite effective in the first and second round.
With a game against the Jets and their 30th-ranked peak defense mined this weekend, we could see some cannonballs from this Philly ground attack, assuming it could have at least one of the backs is strong enough to play.
We wrote a big feature on the background of the game runs 49ers before them Super Bowl appeared a few years ago, but the barrage may be even more exciting now than it was then. The biggest reason for that is the way Elijah Mitchell and Deebo Samuel allowing them to attack defense in wildly different ways, even if the 49ers still use their basics with both players.
Honestly, Samuel is a complete nonsense player. Through Week 8, Samuel was second in the NFL in yardage after Cooper Kupp. Basically, he’s been running again for the past four weeks, and he’s still number one in the NFL in yards per run out of 130 players who have run 200 or more routes. And somehow, he might be an even better rusher than he is a receiver. He’s made 25 runs in 203 yards and five touchdowns during the season, with 19 for 181 and four in the last three.
The Niners will put him in (or put him in) the backyard and use him as a regular back-runner, back-runner, zone, power, zone division, and more. And it will all work out the way if they line up Mitchell, Jeff Wilson Jr., Raheem Mostert, or any of the others who back them up Jimmy Garoppolo. The way Samuel moved into the back line allowed them to shift players in their other skill positions to different positions that caused the defences to become chaotic and turn regular runs into seemingly impossible ones. prevent.
The Niners also spammed a specific game with Samuel backstage, while playing around with how they blocked it using varying shifts and movements and skill placement arrangements. Samuel will line up or move next to Garoppolo in the shotgun and hand, but instead of performing an inside bonus like most gun serves, Garoppolo reverses like he does from the bottom. center, and the play turns to the outside handover instead. The defense was completely confused by this action.
Mitchell, meanwhile, is acting like an old dark horse and running people. He’s 3.4 feet tall on average after contact every attempt in the past three weeks, the fourth best in the league. He’s particularly effective when running to the edge of the lineup, with 25 runs in 125 yards for tackles or finishes, according to TruMedia. And it doesn’t even matter if the defense loads the box with defenders. Mitchell is gaining nearly 6 yards per take against the eight-man box since returning from injury earlier in the season.
This week with Samuel to play against Seahawks, Mitchell could have been an even bigger part of his attacking plan in his last two outings, as he totaled 27 executions in each game. His increased use as a pass catcher allows him to be on the field more often, and in turn, the 49ers’ offense becomes all the more dangerous.
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