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5 NFL stats that might surprise you ahead of Week 3

We love fun facts. We love the NFL. Here’s the perfect combo of both ahead of Week 3.

Stats that might surprise you

Carson Wentz and Joe Flacco both rank top-five in passing yards through two weeks of the NFL season.

I’ll give you a second to pick your jaw back off the floor. There wasn’t much expected from either of these two quarterbacks to start the season, but both have played well enough to earn consideration as weekly fantasy streamers (should you be so desperate)! Flacco and Wentz both also rank top-five in pass attempts and will likely need to keep up with that volume if their respective defenses continue to give up plays. For now, at least, the Jets and Commanders are a go for fantasy… but be forewarned. We can’t expect this kind of production to last forever.

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400 teams have started the season 0-2 in the Super Bowl era. Just 38 of them made a trip to the post-season.

The Bengals, Raiders, Panthers and Falcons are the only teams to remain winless heading into Week 3. Undoubtedly, Cincinnati is the biggest surprise on this list, fresh off of their Super Bowl appearance last season – apparently with the ultimate Super Bowl hangover. There’s just one word to describe a team that loses to Mitch Trubisky and Cooper Rush in their first two games of the season. That word is, “YIKES.”

Who broke Joe Burrow? Maybe it was his ruptured appendix, which sidelined him through training camp? Or, perhaps it was T.J. Watt, who managed a sack, six tackles (three for a loss) and an interception in Week 1. Regardless of who dunnit, Burrow needs to pick up the pace (and quickly) if the Bengals expect a trip back to the post-season. #WhoDey? Dey R 2-0 and have six games left on the schedule against teams projected for 10+ wins this year.

 

The Bills didn’t register their first punt of the season until the end of the 3rd quarter… of Week 2.

Does Bills punter Sam Martin have the easiest job in the NFL? He might. The Bills are steamrolling opponents so far this season, having outscored the Super Bowl Champion Rams and reigning No. 1 seed in the AFC (Titans) by 72-17. Their odds to win the Super Bowl continue to climb right alongside Josh Allen’s chances at NFL MVP. The only thing that should be trending up? Stefon Diggs’ odds to win NFL Offensive Player of the Year.

Through two games, Diggs has already notched 270 receiving yards (second-most among WRs) and four touchdowns. He leads the NFL in passer rating when targeted (157.4 — JUST SHY of perfect). Yet he’s still behind Vikings WR Justin Jefferson in the race for OPOY? In this economy? Puh-lease. Diggs’ odds after a monster Week 2 are +1000 (Bet $10 for $100 profit), the third-best odds in the NFL. Somehow, this still feels like an insane value. Just watch this 46-yard TD bomb and you’ll understand.

 

 

The 49ers still have the seventh-best odds to win the Super Bowl following the loss of Trey Lance for the season.

Prior to Week 1 kick-off, the 49ers odds to win Super Bowl LVII sat at +1600 (Bet $10 to win $160). With Jimmy Garoppolo under center rest of the season, their odds are at +1800 — still the seventh-best odds among NFL teams. Kind of incredible after seeing the Cowboys’ odds plummet with the Dak Prescott injury, huh? It’s not entirely surprising, though, when we look at the stats. The 49ers can contend with Jimmy G, and we know that because they already have.

Garoppolo hasn’t been the flashiest of QBs, but since he was traded to San Francisco back in 2017:

  • Leads all NFL QBs with 50+ pass attempts with 8.4 yards per pass attempt
  • 98.8 passer rating (12th among QBs)
  • 5.0% TD rate (17th highest among QBs — Ahead of Joe Burrow, Dak Prescott and Kyler Murray among others)

If Garoppolo stays healthy, the odds that they’ll have 10+ wins this season don’t seem too shabby at -120 (Bet $12 to win $10 profit).

 

Just four of the top-12 running backs drafted in fantasy football leagues finished as a top-12 running back in Week 2!

It wasn’t just your fantasy football studs who disappointed this week. Almost all of the fantasy football studs who disappointed. Non-QBs averaged 4.66 yards per rush attempt in Week 1 compared to 4.38 yards per attempt in Week 2, so across the board, production on the ground was down this week. The lesson here? Don’t get too discouraged and trade the RBs who broke your heart! Jonathan Taylor, Saquon Barkley and Leonard Fournette should all bounce back in strong fashion despite their down-week.

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