Hidden Stat Line: NFL Week 3 Recap
Hidden Stat Line: NFL Week 3 Recap

This article is part of our Hidden Stat Line series.

Every second I spend writing an intro is one less second spent watching and researching the games from Week 3. Let's skip the formalities and get right to the point.

Titans 7 Jaguars 20

It's hard to draw any conclusions from this game, because emotion always replaces reason when the greatest rivalry in all of sports takes it's rightful place on the primetime stage. I'm a hero, so I'll try my best anyway. #Duuuval #TitanUp

Titans

  • Marcus Mariota clearly didn't read Hidden Stat Line last week when I commented on his frustrating tendency to hold the ball for too long. Tennessee's offensive line certainly played a role in the nine sacks Thursday night, but PFF shows that seven of them occurred more than 2.5 seconds after the snap. If you don't care about the stats, go ahead and take a peep at this highlight reel of all nine sacks — a handful probably could've been avoided.
  • Mariota doesn't lack arm strength, athleticism or even accuracy. Instead, he combines lousy pocket presence with hesitance to try difficult passes. NFL Next Gen Stats has a stat called "aggressiveness", which measures the percentage of throws where there's a defender within one yard of the receiver at the time of completion or incompletion. It isn't necessarily bad to have a low rate or a high rate, but it's telling that sack-prone Mariota is 28th of 38 QBs (13.0 percent), after finishing fourth-lowest last season (12.4) and sixth-lowest (13.6) in 2017. He actually landed in
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Jerry Donabedian
Jerry was a 2018 finalist for the FSWA's Player Notes Writer of the Year and DFS Writer of the Year awards. A Baltimore native, Jerry roots for the Ravens and watches "The Wire" in his spare time.
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