Quite the time for the Cowboys and the Vikings to sq. off in Week 11.

One crew possesses a protection almost certainly to position warmth on an opposing quarterback. The different protection bears the No. 1 move strain creator within the NFL by means of the primary 10 weeks of the season.

Now, the place does each crew stack up behind the Cowboys in affecting quarterbacks? And who’s chasing the Vikings’ Za’Darius Smith because the league’s prime strain creator?

I revisited my study from Weeks 1-5 on crew and particular person move strain percentages to catch a glimpse of which golf equipment and gamers are (or aren’t) placing warmth on opposing quarterbacks.

For a crew, strain fee is the proportion of opponent dropbacks through which the QB is pressured (sack, hit or hurry). For a participant, it’s the proportion of their snaps as a move rusher through which they pressured the QB.

(All stats through TruMedia. Player rankings are for certified move rushers — min. 120 move rush snaps for total rankings. There are 163 certified move rushers for total rankings. The common strain proportion for a certified participant is 9.8 %. For a crew, it’s 32.6 %. These rankings are all coming into Week 11 so that they don’t embrace the PackersTitans sport from Thursday evening).

Team strain desk

Team Prsr% prsrs Sack% Sacks

41.1 (1)

137 (3)

11.1 (1)

35.0 (1)

37.7 (2)

118 (15)

6.3 (20)

19.0 (22)

37.4 (3)

135 (6)

7.1 (17)

24.0 (16)

36.6 (4)

126 (9)

9.6 (2)

32.0 (2)

36.5 (5)

152 (1)

7.4 (13)

29.0 (4)

36.3 (6)

136 (4)

7.5 (11)

26.0 (12)

36.0 (7)

140 (2)

4.3 (30)

16.0 (27)

35.4 (8)

127 (8)

7.7 (8)

26.0 (12)

35.1 (9)

126 (9)

8.0 (7)

27.0 (8)

35.1 (9)

126 (9)

7.2 (15)

25.0 (14)

34.9 (11)

126 (9)

8.3 (5)

29.0 (4)

34.7 (12)

105 (22)

6.8 (18)

20.0 (18)

34.6 (13)

104 (24)

7.7 (9)

22.0 (17)

34.4 (14)

115 (18)

9.1 (3)

29.0 (4)

34.1 (15)

136 (4)

5.0 (26)

19.0 (22)

33.1 (16)

105 (22)

4.6 (29)

14.0 (30)

33.0 (17)

124 (13)

5.3 (24)

19.0 (22)

32.8 (18)

113 (19)

7.6 (10)

25.0 (14)

32.7 (19)

130 (7)

5.4 (23)

20.0 (18)

32.4 (20)

110 (21)

6.2 (21)

20.0 (18)

31.7 (21)

124 (13)

7.2 (16)

27.0 (8)

31.4 (22)

118 (15)

8.9 (4)

32.0 (2)

31.1 (23)

98 (26)

6.5 (19)

20.0 (18)

30.6 (24)

117 (17)

7.5 (12)

27.0 (8)

30.5 (25)

101 (25)

4.9 (28)

15.0 (28)

29.6 (26)

113 (19)

7.4 (14)

27.0 (8)

27.9 (27)

92 (30)

3.1 (32)

10.0 (32)

26.9 (28)

83 (31)

5.2 (25)

15.0 (28)

26.9 (29)

95 (27)

8.2 (6)

28.0 (7)

26.1 (30)

94 (28)

5.0 (27)

17.0 (26)

23.6 (31)

94 (28)

3.3 (31)

13.0 (31)

21.3 (32)

70 (32)

5.7 (22)

18.0 (25)

The Cowboys have been the NFL’s clear No. 1 crew all the season when it comes to pressuring the quarterback. It helps when you may have Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence and Dorance Armstrong rating among the many league’s prime 30 gamers in strain proportion by means of Week 10. Dante Fowler missed the rankings cutoff by 4 move rush snaps, however he has a 15.5 % fee with 4 sacks.

Green Bay, Washington and New England have additionally been persistently good in strain proportion all through the season. Teams like Tennessee and Minnesota have come on these days, making huge leaps from Weeks 1-5 to Weeks 6-10.

The reverse could possibly be stated for groups just like the 49ers and Bengals. San Francisco and Cincinnati opened the primary 5 weeks within the prime 5, however have fallen to the center of the pack after 10 weeks following a sluggish stretch from Weeks 6-10.

Below is a glimpse on the crew strain charges damaged up by the aforementioned spans.

Team strain fee splits

Team total Week 1-5 Week 6-10

41.1 (1)

41.9 (1)

39.7 (6)

37.7 (2)

35.3 (8)

40.0 (5)

37.4 (3)

37.2 (6)

37.6 (10)

36.6 (4)

32.2 (17)

41.6 (3)

36.5 (5)

29.4 (25)

43.4 (2)

36.3 (6)

29.5 (24)

40.6 (4)

36.0 (7)

33.0 (14)

38.6 (7)

35.4 (8)

37.5 (3)

33.3 (16)

35.1 (9)

35.1 (10)

35.2 (11)

35.1 (9)

35.8 (7)

34.3 (14)

34.9 (11)

34.7 (11)

35.1 (12)

34.7 (12)

37.4 (4)

31.1 (19)

34.6 (13)

29.6 (23)

44.9 (1)

34.4 (14)

38.3 (2)

28.6 (24)

34.1 (15)

29.8 (21)

37.9 (8)

33.1 (16)

37.3 (5)

25.7 (27)

33.0 (17)

35.1 (9)

30.8 (22)

32.8 (18)

28.4 (27)

37.9 (9)

32.7 (19)

31.4 (18)

33.8 (15)

32.4 (20)

33.9 (13)

30.9 (21)

31.7 (21)

32.3 (16)

31.0 (20)

31.4 (22)

34.0 (12)

28.2 (25)

31.1 (23)

30.4 (19)

32.2 (17)

30.6 (24)

29.7 (22)

31.3 (18)

30.5 (25)

32.6 (15)

27.7 (26)

29.6 (26)

26.5 (29)

34.5 (13)

27.9 (27)

30.3 (20)

24.4 (29)

26.9 (28)

29.2 (26)

24.5 (28)

26.9 (29)

22.8 (32)

30.8 (23)

26.1 (30)

27.8 (28)

23.6 (30)

23.6 (31)

24.2 (30)

23.0 (31)

21.3 (32)

24.0 (31)

18.0 (32)

So what’s behind a few of these developments? Let’s check out the highest 30 move rushers when it comes to strain proportion by means of 10 weeks:

Nos. 1-10

participant prsr Prsrs Sacks

20.8 (1)

55 (1)

9.5 (2)

19.9 (2)

38 (10)

6.0 (21)

19.7 (3)

45 (2)

9.5 (2)

18.6 (4)

44 (3)

11.5 (1)

18.4 (5)

42 (4)

7.5 (9)

17.5 (6)

40 (8)

8.0 (6)

16.2 (7)

22 (61)

8.5 (4)

15.8 (8)

23 (57)

3.0 (62)

15.6 (9)

40 (8)

3.5 (48)

15.3 (10)

30 (29)

8.0 (6)

Five gamers remained within the prime 10 from Weeks 1-5 by means of Weeks 6-10: Smith, Parsons, Rashan Gary, Nick Bosa and Matthew Judon.

Smith has been probably the most productive free-agent pickups from final offseason and he’s been a constant pressure for the Vikings since Week 1. He ranked sixth in strain proportion by means of 5 weeks at 17.5 %. He’s solely improved with a 23.7 % fee in Weeks 6-10, which ranked third throughout the time interval. Smith ranks second with Bosa with 9.5 sacks this season.

Gary continued his tear from final season, but a torn ACL ended his successful individual season. Bosa led the league by means of 5 weeks with a 24.0 % fee, however “dipped” to 14.1 % previously 5 weeks. Still excellent, clearly. Judon continues to play at an All-Pro stage, enhancing from a 16.2 % fee by means of 5 weeks to a 22.0 % fee from Weeks 6-10. It’s added as much as a league-high 11.5 sacks. Parsons, in the meantime, has been persistently stellar by means of each time frames. It was odd to not see Myles Garrett within the prime 10 by means of 5 weeks, however he’s squarely there now having posted a 22.0 % fee since Week 6.

The jumps from the following 4 gamers have been important:

Along along with his soar in strain fee, Houston led the NFL with 6.5 sacks throughout Weeks 6-10.

Nos. 11-20

participant prsr Prsrs Sacks

15.0 (11)

41 (5)

4.0 (41)

14.8 (12)

23 (57)

5.0 (32)

14.7 (13)

32 (24)

4.0 (41)

14.3 (14)

41 (5)

7.0 (10)

14.3 (15)

34 (19)

8.0 (6)

14.2 (16)

35 (14)

7.0 (10)

14.1 (17)

29 (33)

4.0 (41)

14.1 (18)

41 (5)

7.0 (10)

14.0 (19)

25 (49)

4.0 (41)

14.0 (20)

29 (33)

5.0 (32)

This group features a handful of gamers who began within the prime 10 5 weeks in the past however have since dropped off a bit:

  • Greg Rousseau — Weeks 1-5: 16.7 %; Weeks 6-10: 10.6
  • Brian Burns — Weeks 1-5: 17.5; Weeks 6-10: 11.4
  • Charles Omenihu — Weeks 1-5: 16.1; Weeks 6-10: 11.8
  • Lawrence — Weeks 1-5: 15.4; Weeks 6-10: 10.9

Washington’s Montez Sweat made the largest soar of the group — almost climbing into the general prime 10 — due to a 17.4 % mark in Weeks 6-10.

Nos. 21-30

participant prsr Prsrs Sacks

13.9 (21)

35 (14)

7.0 (10)

13.9 (22)

22 (61)

2.0 (79)

13.9 (22)

22 (61)

3.5 (48)

13.8 (24)

37 (12)

3.0 (62)

13.5 (25)

17 (86)

0.5 (136)

13.4 (26)

32 (24)

7.0 (10)

13.4 (27)

29 (33)

6.5 (19)

12.9 (28)

22 (61)

5.0 (32)

12.9 (29)

27 (43)

3.5 (48)

12.8 (30)

38 (10)

7.0 (10)

The story reversed for this group with a number of notable gamers making a soar into the highest 30, significantly the Vikings’ Danielle Hunter and the Eagles’ Javon Hargrave. I discussed each of those gamers as notable fallers in my earlier research when in comparison with final season’s numbers. Not the case anymore.

Hunter opened this season at 9.1 % after which posted a 16.2 % fee in Weeks 6-10. Hargrave jumped greater than 10 proportion factors with an 8.8 % clip in Weeks 1-5 and a 19.6 % fee within the final 5 weeks. The Eagles’ lineman has picked up six sacks within the final 5 weeks.

You may need anticipated an uptick from the Bills’ Ed Oliver (6.5 % in Weeks 1-5, 15.8 % in Weeks 6-10). But perhaps not from the Titans’ Mario Edwards (8.5 % in Weeks 1-5, 16.2 % fee in Weeks 6-10).

If you’re questioning about a number of the different notable move rushers throughout the league, right here’s a peek at gamers who’ve risen up the ranks since Week 5 or fallen the previous 5 weeks:

Notable risers

participant Overall Week 1-5 Week 6-10

12.7 (31)

3.6 (NR)

20.0 (8)

12.7 (32)

8.6 (87)

18.1 (13)

12.6 (33)

10.9 (55)

18.4 (NR)

11.8 (47)

7.6 (96)

18.8 (12)

9.2 (86)

6.5 (117)

12.2 (51)

14.6 (NR)

3.4 (NR)

20.8 (6)

The Titans could also be headlined by move rushers like Jeffery Simmons, Denico Autry and Bud Dupree, however the sudden jumps from Edwards and DeMarcus Walker can’t be ignored. Walker had 3.5 sacks from Weeks 6-10. Teammate Rashad Weaver had 4 sacks within the first 5 weeks however has upped his pass-rush consistency since Week 6.

The Patriots’ Deatrich Wise ranked ninth with 21 pressures in Weeks 6-10. The Colts’ Kwity Pace has a pleasant fee, however solely performed 64 complete snaps previously 5 weeks. And it’s unusual to seek out two Saints gamers right here given their disappointing stretch. Payton Turner, New Orleans’ 2021 first-round decide, is beginning to look the half after a gradual begin to his profession.

Notable fallers

participant Overall Week 1-5 Week 6-10

12.5 (35)

18.4 (3)

7.6 (120)

12.3 (40)

14.7 (19)

9.9 (81)

11.2 (53)

14.9 (17)

6.7 (134)

10.9 (57)

12.0 (46)

9.4 (87)

10.2 (69)

12.8 (34)

6.2 (140)

10.0 (71)

13.2 (31)

6.3 (138)

9.8 (75)

16.0 (12)

4.0 (169)

7.2 (116)

7.6 (98)

6.5 (136)

7.0 (118)

7.6 (99)

5.9 (144)

Nothing like being third in strain fee by means of 5 weeks after which falling 117 spots within the subsequent 5 — That’s what occurred to the Bears’ Trevis Gipson. Or being twelfth in a single interval after which falling 157 spots — Even harder sledding for the Jets’ Carl Lawson.

The dip from Bradley Chubb shouldn’t be a purpose for panic. He tallied a 14.3 % fee within the Dolphins’ Week 10 win over the Browns.

The Raiders’ Maxx Crosby had six sacks by means of the primary 5 weeks however just one in Weeks 6-10. It additionally hasn’t helped that Chandler Jones, who strains up on the alternative facet of Las Vegas’ defensive entrance, has been a disappointment.

And although the general strain charges for the Rams’ Aaron Donald and the Chargers’ Khalil Mack are above common, it’s shocking to see how little they’ve pressured quarterbacks over the previous 5 weeks. Donald’s dip is a giant purpose the Rams are lifeless final leaguewide in move strain proportion this season.

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