This week, the Raiders will take on the Green Bay Packers. The Packers bring with them a 12-0 record and are converting 36% (17th in NFL) of their 3rd downs and scoring 34% (32nd in NFL) of the time, when in the red zone.
In this weekly article, Pro Football Spotlight will bring you the upcoming opponent’s rushing and passing tendencies, as well as some additional data and observations. For example: Did you know that the Chiefs are 29th in the NFL in yards per play?
Every team in the NFL has strengths and weaknesses, tendencies, and go-to guys. They have plays they like to call during tight situations or directions they like to run when in the middle of the football field.
Let’s take a look at the rest of those tendencies…
- Chies Offense
Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End No: 70 No: 42 No: 21 No: 143 No: 34 No: 36 No: 68 Rank: 4 Rank: 20 Rank: 27 Rank: 4 Rank: 20 Rank: 26 Rank: 3 Avg: 5.7 Avg: 7.2 Avg: 3.1 Avg: 3.3 Avg: 1.6 Avg: 3.2 Avg: 4.1
- Raiders Defense
Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End No: 50 No:: 45 No:: 33 No:: 97 No:: 30 No:: 44 No:: 57 Rank: 10 Rank: 20 Rank: 23 Rank: 19 Rank: 26 Rank: 19 Rank: 7 Avg: 6.6 Avg: 5.0 Avg: 6.2 Avg: 4.3 Avg: 7.4 Avg: 3.8 Avg: 7.4
- PFS is trying out a new slider (chart above). You first see the opponents offensive run tendencies…but if you click on the ribbon on the right you will see the Raiders run defense. If you click the ribbon (grey column) on the right you will see how opponents are doing against the Raiders’ defense. Hope you like it.
- The Kansas City Chiefs have ran the ball toward the middle of the formation 143 times. That is ranked 4th in the NFL in number of attempts and 29th in the NFL in yards per attempt to that area (3.3).
- In the past, the Chiefs have like to start their run toward the right end…then cut it back depending on the blocking. The are ranked 3rd in the number of attempts toward the right end and 4th in the NFL in the number of attempts toward the left end.
- Last week, against the Packers, Kansas City continued their assault on the middle of the formation by run there 17 times. But they also ran the ball, or bounced it, around the left end 7 times. Look for the Chiefs to do the same this week.
- Oakland has been giving up some big yards on the ground. The Raiders are ranked 32nd in the NFL in yards surrendered to the left guard area, the right guard area, and the right end area.
| 2011 Target By Zone Chart
|Avg. Gain: 6.9
||Avg. Gain: 15.4
||Avg. Gain: 9.2
|Plays: 120||Plays: 58||Plays: 164
|Avg. Gain: 5.6
||Avg. Gain: 5.7
||Avg. Gain: 5.5
- Over the course of the season, the Chiefs have like to throw the ball short. Kansas City has thrown the ball 164 times to the short right side of the field (13th in NFL).
- Kyle Orton is now the quarterback of the Chiefs. If you would like to see the Chiefs tendencies from last week, Orton’s first game, then go here.
- The Chiefs are ranked in the middle of the league in the number of attempts to the deep zones. The problem has been the ability to complete those passes. Kansas City has completed only 23% of their deep left passes (31st in NFL) and only 31% to the deep right zone (24 in NFL).
- The Raiders have been doing of good job over the course of the season, defending the deep zones. They are ranked no lower than 8th in the NFL in completion % surrendered to each deep zone.
- The Raiders have been giving up some yards to the short left of the field (defensive right). They are ranked 30th in the NFL by allowing 7.2 yards per attempt over the short left side.
- Last week , against the Packers, Kyle Orton really worked the left side of the field. Look for the Chiefs to do some more of the same.