Tuesday, November 13, 2012
2012 NFC West offense ranks thru Week 10
By Mike Sando
Every NFC West offense but San Francisco's lags in league-wide rankings through Week 10 despite recent gains for St. Louis and especially Seattle.
The Seahawks have scored between 24 and 30 points in each of their past three games after doing so only twice in their previous seven. Quarterback Russell Wilson has ranked fifth in NFL passer rating (105.3) and sixth in Total QBR (79.1) among regular starters since Week 6. The St. Louis Rams' Sam Bradford has ranked 10th (92.2 passer rating) and 11th (71.6 QBR) over that time.
San Francisco's Alex Smith has ranked ninth in passer rating (96.0) but only 18th in QBR (49.8, which is right below the 50-point average) since Week 6. That is because his production against the New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks fell within that window, which I set more to measure potential improvement from younger quarterbacks than to analyze where the more established Smith stands at this point in his career.
With that, we follow up our look at defenses with a chart showing where NFC West offenses rank in various categories since Week 10.
One side note: The Rams' defense ranked seventh through Week 7 in the expected points category. That ranking has fallen to 24th after games against Green Bay, New England and San Francisco. That has raised concerns, but we should expect the ranking to improve following upcoming games against the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals.