Thursday, September 26, 2013
Signs point to another big day for Houston
By Adam Teicher
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some statistical nuggets unearthed by ESPN's Stats & Information Group that are too good to keep to myself:
1) Outside linebacker Justin Houston leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks. Of those, 6.5 have come from the left side of the Kansas City Chiefs defense. Of the 11 sacks allowed by the New York Giants, Sunday's opponent at Arrowhead Stadium, eight have come from the left side of the defense. A rookie, Justin Pugh, has been starting at right tackle for the Giants. Houston made a killing last week against a rookie tackle, Philadelphia's Lane Johnson, getting three of his 4.5 sacks against Johnson. Houston also had a sack against a rookie tackle, Luke Joeckel, in the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
2) The Chiefs would go to 4-0 for the first time since 2003 if they beat the Giants. Since 1990, when the NFL expanded it's playoff field to six teams per conference, 82 percent of teams starting the season 4-0 eventually made the playoffs. Among teams starting the season at 3-1, 65 percent wound up in the postseason.
3) Dwayne Bowe's reduced receiving numbers this season (nine catches, 90 yards, one TD) can be explained by this statistic: He's had the ball thrown his way just 18 percent of the time he's run a pass route. Last season, the Chiefs threw the ball to him on 32 percent of his routes.
4) The ball is going instead to Jamaal Charles, who has been thrown to 38 percent of the time he's gone into the pattern as compared to 27 percent last season. There's also this: Alex Smith has run with the ball 12.5 percent of the time he's dropped back. He scrambled on just 3.8 percent of pass plays over the past four year for the San Francisco 49ers.