I’m a numbers guy. Numbers tell a story. You can look at a baseball player’s batting average and immediately know if he’s having a good or bad season. Same with football. You can look at the numbers and immediately see a good or bad season. I’m not speaking of wins or losses. There’s a lot more. Broken tackles, yards after the catch, yards after contact, missed tackles, the list could go forever, and it’s constantly growing. Each season someone has a new stat—a new way to measure success or failure.
So let’s get into it.
Two Weeks into the season, let’s look at the story the numbers are telling.
Aaron Jones - see more here Thirteen missed tackles on 18 touches Sunday. 88 yards after contact Last season Jones had 39 total missed tackles Jones is averaging 9.1 yards per carry
According to Pro Football Focus, the four highest graded running backs in the NFL, through two weeks, are as follows:
Nick Chubb – 86.7
Aaron Jones – 85.3
Christian McCaffrey – 81.7
A.J. Dillon – 79.1
The Packers Offensive line is currently graded at nine by PFF.
C – Josh Myers 60.6
RG – Royce Newman 53.6
LG – Jake Hanson 44.4
LT – Yosh Nijman 72.9
RT – Elgton Jenkins 58.5
- Interestingly, Jordan Love is 4/5 on the year, averaging 13 yards per attempt, and has a quarterback rating of 118.8.
- No one on the team has more than six receptions through two games.
- De’Vondre Campbell leads the team in tackles with 15.
- Preston Smith & Rashan Gary both have a pair of sacks.
- Jaire Alexander has one interception and a PPF grade of 75.7.
- Kenny Clark has a grade of 77.3, the highest on the D-line.
- Randall Cobb surprisingly has a grade of 71, the highest among receivers.
“Both of those guys wake up and it’s the best day of their life.” Aaron Rodgers referring to Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon’s attitude each day.