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Ranking the NFL’s best, worst offensive lines

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The impact that blocking has on offensive performance cannot be overstated. Over a decade of research I’ve done in measuring run blocking indicates that ball carriers are four to five times more productive on plays with good run blocking versus plays with bad run blocking. The passing game also displays a huge disparity, as quarterbacks are roughly three times as productive on a yards-per-dropback basis with a clean pass pocket as they are on dropbacks when pass-rush pressure is impacting the pocket.

Ben Roethlisberger’s third-and-2 pass at his own 49 yard line looked like a sure interception. Instead, it bounced through Phillip Gaines’ hands, off his facemask, and to Antonio Brown.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Cardinals: What a debut! Peterson’s 25.4 fantasy points were an extraordinarily rare feat for a player who switched teams in-season. They were the second-most by such a player in his debut for his new squad since Howard Hopalong Cassady managed 25.3 non-PPR and 33.3 PPR fantasy points in his Philadelphia Eagles debut in 1962 Week 6, and they represented only the second-best non-PPR and fourth-best PPR performance worth at least 20 among running backs in a debut for a new team after changing uniforms in-season. Peterson also received 26 rushing attempts, his most since 2015 Week 12 (29), as the Cardinals made it clear they regard him their featured back. His 22.8 percent start rate this week is sure to soar in Week 7, when he gets a much more cozy matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.
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For the game, Dallas won 58 percent of the faceoffs, led by Spezza going 13 for 16.

Oct
24

The Stars have totaled 119 shots in their first three games but managed only seven goals — including two each by Klingberg, Seguin and Janmark.

The Buccaneers’ offense, with all its pieces back, still looks like a work in progress. The Bucs will be very dangerous if they all get it together, but it’s anyone’s guess when that will be. This week is a good chance — it’s still mildly stunning how completely the Eagles picked the Cardinals apart last week. That’s not on the missing David Johnson or the hit-and-miss Carson Palmer. To be fair, though, if newly-arrived Adrian Peterson does a reasonable impression of his former self, the Cardinals’ defense will benefit as much as the offense.

The Bucs are inconsistent again, primarily based on the up-and-down play of Jameis Winston. Even on a long week, this is a difficult long trip to make to the desert. Adrian Peterson won’t outrush Doug Martin, but Arizona will hit a home run late to win a passing duel between Winston and Carson Palmer.

One of the revelations of the new season for the Devils has been left winger Jesper Bratt, a sixth-round pick (No. 162 overall) in the 2016 draft. He is the first player in franchise history to have five points in his first two games. The 19-year-old Swede has three goals and two assists in his first season playing in North America.

He has, at least for now, overshadowed 18-year-old Swiss center Nico Hischier, the first pick overall in this year’s draft, who picked up his first NHL point, an assist, in the game against the Sabres.

“We came into this year saying that the last couple of years wasn’t good enough,” Hynes said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, older guy, younger guy, high draft, low draft, free agent, tryout player, we’re going to play the best guys. We want guys who are going to come in and help turn this thing around.”
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