5 NFL Stats to Know Through Week 5
Incredibly, Week 5 of the 2020 season still has a game left to play. But for the bulk of the teams, another week is in the books.
In a week that saw Alex Smith complete an amazing comeback, we saw another NFC East quarterback go down, with Dak Prescott done for the year with a gruesome ankle injury. While the two New York teams continue their wait for the first win of the season, a second head coach in six days lost his job. It was really quite eventful.
Here are five stats to know — both traditional and our advanced statistics — from Week 5 of the NFL season.
Chase Claypool Scored 4 Total Touchdowns
After the first three games of his NFL career, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool had six receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown. He had an additional carry for eight yards. Well, last Sunday was the rookie’s coming out party.
Claypool caught seven of his 11 targets for 110 yards and three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles. He also scored a touchdown on the ground. He would have had four receiving scores if not for a questionable offensive pass interference call.
The last Steelers rookie to have both a rushing and a receiving score before Sunday was Hall of Famer Franco Harris, who achieved the feat back in 1972. Claypool is the first Steelers wide receiver with both a rushing and a receiving score in the same game since 2004. Hines Ward was the last player to achieve the feat — also against the Eagles.
There are only five other players who managed at least two receiving scores and a rushing touchdown in a game in their rookie seasons. They are Kareem Hunt, Joey Galloway, Lynn Cain, the late great Gale Sayers, and Abner Haynes.
Claypool becomes the 17th rookie to score four touchdowns in a game since 1950 and the first to do so since Doug Martin managed it in Week 9 of the 2012 season. He is the first rookie with at least 100 receiving yards and four touchdowns in a game since Reggie Bush had 131 receiving yards and four scores back in Week 13 of the 2006 season.
Baltimore’s Defense Totaled 25 Fantasy Points
The blitz-happy Baltimore Ravens‘ defense came into this past Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a total of nine sacks on the young season. As a fantasy unit, they had a combined 34 fantasy points. In a 27-3 thrashing of Cincy, the Ravens improved greatly on both of these numbers.
The Bengals sacked Joe Burrow seven times, which is the second-most times the rookie has been sacked in a single game so far this season. Incredibly, five of the sacks came from Ravens defensive backs, making Sunday the first time in NFL history a defensive backfield had combined for this many quarterback takedowns in a single game.
The Ravens intercepted a pass and recovered two fumbles in the game, one of which rookie Patrick Queen returned for a 53-yard touchdown. The Ravens have forced at least one turnover in 18 consecutive games, the longest current streak in the NFL. Queen’s touchdown marked the eighth defensive touchdown by the Ravens since the start of the 2019 season, the most in the NFL.
All of these deeds meant that the Ravens D/ST chipped in with 25 fantasy points in Week 5, the most of any D/ST and a total bettered by only 15 players after Monday night.
Derek Carr Threw 3 Touchdown Passes
The AFC West was looking like it belonged to the Kansas City Chiefs, and that it would do for as long as Patrick Mahomes reigned. But on Sunday, the Las Vegas Raiders went into Kansas City and socked the reigning Super Bowl champions straight in the mouth as Vegas came away with a 40-32 victory.
Quarterback Derek Carr was the catalyst behind the upset, passing for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Sunday was his second straight game with 300 yards through the air — the first time he has put together back-to-back such games since Weeks 3 and 4 of the 2018 season.
Carr had a 59-yard touchdown pass to Nelson Agholor and a 72-yarder to rookie Henry Ruggs. The last Raiders quarterback with two scores of 50-plus yards in the same game was Jeff Hostetler back in Week 7 of the 1996 season.
Carr now has 20 games in his career in which he’s tossed at least three touchdown passes, the 11th most such games among all players since his rookie year of 2014. Sunday’s game saw him move past the great Kenny Stabler for the most such games in Raiders franchise history.
Jimmy Garoppolo Averaged -0.73 Passing NEP
Prior to Week 5, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had dropped back to pass just 53 times in 2020 due to injury concerns. But when he had to pass, he had been pretty efficient. Only six quarterbacks had a better mark in Passing Net Expected Points (NEP) per drop back than Garoppolo, who averaged 0.32.
That number took a walloping on Sunday.
Despite being left off the final injury report, Garoppolo appeared far from fully fit against the Miami Dolphins. His lack of health showed as he completed five of his 14 pass attempts for 51 yards, tossing two interceptions. Garoppolo produced a woeful -0.73 Passing NEP per drop back, the lowest of any quarterback in Week 5.
He mercifully was pulled from the game at halftime, keeping him from doing further damage to his efficiency stats as well as his bulky ankle. If he had stayed in for the whole game, the -0.53 Passing NEP per drop back Mason Rudolph “achieved” against the Cleveland Browns last season could have been under threat.
C.J. Beathard replaced Garoppolo, and while Beathard fared a little better (going nine of 18 for 94 yards and a score), his Passing NEP per drop back of -0.30 was still among the league’s’ worst last week. The 49ers averaged -0.33 Adjusted Passing NEP per play in Week 5, trailing only the Bengals (-0.51) and Washington (-0.38).
Mike Davis Scored 29.9 PPR Points
The last few years have shown us that if you want elite fantasy production from your running back, the Carolina Panthers‘ backfield is the place to go for it. Christian McCaffrey has not logged a single snap since Week 2, torpedoing a lot of fantasy teams across the globe. But Mike Davis has more than picked up the slack, and Davis continued to do just that on Sunday.
Davis carried the ball 16 times for 89 yards. He also had nine receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown, giving him a total of 29.9 PPR points against the Atlanta Falcons. It was enough for him to finish as the RB1 in Week 5, and since Week 3, Davis has more fantasy points among running backs than anyone not named Dalvin Cook.
Davis has had at least 20 touches in each of the last three games, the first time in his career he has put together such a streak. He has responded by posting at least 90 yards from scrimmage in each game and averaging 25 PPR points per outing. Incidentally, the Panthers have gone 3-0 in these games.
McCaffrey could be back in pads in Week 6 when the Panthers take on the Chicago Bears. But Davis may have done enough to earn a role in the Panthers’ offense moving forward. Still, Davis’ time as a fantasy stud will be coming to an end soon.