SIS NFL Preview Week 5

At Sports Info Solutions, our Video Scouts chart FBS and NFL football games 40 hours a week. They chart every play of every game in extraordinary detail, becoming experts in team’s tendencies and concepts. So, who better to ask about what to watch for in this weeks upcoming NFL games? This season we will be providing weekly NFL previews of key matchups with insight straight from our Video Scouts and stats from the SIS DataHub Pro.

New England Patriots @ Washington Redskins – 10/6 1:00 ET

Stephen Marciello, SIS Football Video Scout:

After giving up their first touchdown from scrimmage last week against the Bills, the Patriots defense will face the Redskins, who just named . LB Jamie Collins, who became an afterthought on the Cleveland Browns defense, has returned to the Patriots and become arguably the most versatile player on the roster. Collins played 100% of the defensive snaps last week, as well as over 70% of the special teams snaps. Collins already has a career high 3 interceptions, is nearing a career high with 3.5 sacks, and has scored a defensive touchdown.

Jamie Collins’ Performance 2018 vs. 2019


Season
Pass Defense
Total Points Saved
Run Defense
Total Points Saved
Total Points SavedRank Among LB’s
2018491298th
2019187253rd

 

Minnesota Vikings @ New York Giants – 10/6 1:00 ET

Andrew McKeon, SIS Football Video Scout:

While it was just against the lowly Redskins, the Giants defense has some momentum to carry over into week five against the Vikings. With Kirk Cousins’ struggles along with the coming out party of Dalvin Cook this season, expect the Giants to stack the box this week and play a lot of man coverage on the outside, leaving their DBs on islands, and forcing Cousins to beat them instead.

Dalvin Cook vs. Giants Defense on Runs Into a Stacked Box

PlayerAttemptsYds/AttYds After Contact / Att
Dalvin Cook346.44.1
Vs. Giants Defense342.31.4

 

Buffalo Bills @ Tennessee Titans – 10/6 1:00 ET

Kendall Mirsky, SIS Football Video Scout:

Watch for Bills TE Dawson Knox this week with Patrick DiMarco possibly sidelined with a concussion. If DiMarco does not play, the Bills will be forced to decide if Knox has shown enough as a run blocker to be put in the backfield as a lead blocker in addition to his tight end duties. The Titans have a particularly strong secondary, so the Bills will want to keep the ball on the ground, especially if Josh Allen is not playing. If not, the Bills may have to avoid offensive play calls that require a lead blocker from the backfield. This could alter the game because of the Bills offensive consistency on the ground and inconsistencies in the passing game.

Bills 2019 Rushing Success with and without a Lead Blocker

Lead BlockerAttemptsEPA / Att
No77-0.02
Yes200.07

 

Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers – 10/6 4:05 ET

Will Osgood, SIS Football Video Scout:

The Broncos have been struggling to get their pass rush going so far this season. Now with Bradley Chubb out for the season, look for Philip Rivers and the Chargers to drop back early and often, even though they have struggled some in pass protection. If the Chargers can keep Von Miller from wreaking havoc on his own, Keenan Allen should continue his electric start to the 2019 campaign.

 Keenan Allen’s 2019 Performance So Far

PlayerTargetsYardsReceiving
Total Points Earned
Rank Among WR’s
Keenan Allen4845220.62nd

 

Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers – 10/7 8:15 ET

Cyril Zachary Penn, SIS Football Video Scout:

The 49ers rank ninth overall on offense by Positive% (the percentage of plays that result in a positive EPA). Yet, they’ve ran the second-fewest plays in the NFL, ahead of only the Jets. Keeping up that efficiency will be difficult on Monday night, as they square up with their toughest opponent thus far. But with two full weeks of preparation, Kyle Shanahan should have the offense humming. The 49ers have been successful by dominating with a wide-zone attack and hitting on wide-open play-action concepts. If he can dial up a few big plays against Cleveland, San Francisco could start 4-0 for the first time since 1990.

Play-Action Success, 49ers Offense vs. Browns Defense

TeamDropbacksYds / AttNFL Rank
49ers Offense3310.97th
Vs. Browns Defense4711.528th

 

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