Week 2 Patriots offensive and defensive numbers from PFF

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Week 2 Patriots Offensive Stats

  • Although QB Tom Brady’s average time from snap to attempt dropped from 2.94 seconds to 2.24 seconds, he was significantly better on longer developing plays than against the Chiefs. While Brady had a passer rating of just 54.9 on passes when he held onto the ball for more than 2.5 seconds, the same figure rose to 145.1 in Week 2, the highest among quarterbacks playing in the early slate of games on Sunday.
  • Brady excelled in most aspects of the game, but he was especially effective under pressure. New England’s quarterback was under pressure on 11 of his 42 dropbacks and completed seven of his eight passes on these plays for 152 yards and a touchdown, resulting in a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
  • RB Mike Gillislee was more successful at gaining yards beyond what the offensive line created for him than in Week 1: Gillislee broke three tackles on 14 carries and while he averaged just 1.1 yards before contact, he was able to gain 2.6 yards after contact.
  • The Patriots offensive line allowed a total of nine pressures with RG Shaq Mason being the lone offensive lineman who did not give up a single pressure. LT Nate Solder (one sack and two hurries) and LG Joe Thuney (three hurries) allowed the most pressures on the New England offensive line with three apiece.
  • Brady had a passer rating above 115.0 targeting all wide receivers, except for WR Brandin Cooks, including a perfect passer rating of 158.3 targeting Chris Hogan. The quarterback completed two of his four attempts towards Cooks for 37 yards, resulting in a passer rating of 82.3.

Week 2 Patriots Defensive Stats

  • While eight defensive players combined to miss 12 tackles for the Patriots defense in Week 1 against Kansas City, the New England defense missed just one tackle against New Orleans in Week 2.
  • CB Jonathan Jones finished the day as the Patriots’ highest-graded player on defense with an overall PFF grade of 84.9. While Jones did allow four receptions for 62 yards; however, he also broke up two passes and picked up a quarterback hurry on his lone pass-rushing snap.
  • Rookie edge defender Deatrich Wise led New England’s pass rush as he picked up a sack, two quarterback hits and a hurry on 27 pass rushing snaps. Wise also earned the second-highest PFF overall grade on the defense with 84.1.
  • After playing just two snaps against Kansas City in Week 1, veteran inside linebacker David Harris was on the field for just one play against New Orleans in Week 2. Prior to this season, Harris had played in 127 of his teams’ last 128 games and was on the field for at least 13 snaps in every one of these games.
  • Safety Patrick Chung was the most frequently targeted player on the Patriots defense as 14 of Saints QB Drew Brees’ 41 passes went his way. Chung allowed eight receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown, but he broke up one pass as well. Overall, New England’s safety allowed a passer rating of 103.6 in coverage. Furthermore, Chung lined up all over the field as he played 24 snaps at slot cornerback, 20 at linebacker, 7 at perimeter cornerback, 7 at free safety, 6 at edge defender and 1 at strong safety