I’ll admit it, our previous stats projection was a bit unrealistic. I mean, all I did was take the team’s stats for Week 1 and multiply it by 16. That’s not realistic at all! You know what is more realistic? Taking the team’s stats through Week 2 and multiplying it by eight. It’s like, twice as realistic. So without further ado, let’s jump into Mad Stats Week 2! As usual, all stats via Pro Football Reference.
40 Rushing Attempts
296 Rushing Yards
Matthew Stafford ends up with fewer touchdowns than our last projection, but still nearly hits the NFL record anyway. He ends up more efficient taking care of the football, however, notching only eight interceptions in 16 games.
259 Attempts for 928 Yards and 0 TDs at 3.6 YPC
24 Receptions for 88 Yards at 3.7 Y/R
72 Attempts for 248 Yards and 0 TDs at 3.4 YPC
80 Attempts for 152 Yards at 1.9 YPC
72 Receptions for 352 Yards and 8 TDs at 4.9 Y/R
Ameer Abdullah’s strong showing against the Giants’ top-tier rush defense showed good things, and it nearly doubled his projection as a rusher. Theo Riddick gets some positive yards while Dwayne Washington sees a drop-off.
112 Receptions for 1,056 Yards and 0 TDs at 9.4 Y/R
16 Attempts for 56 Yards and 0 TDs at 3.5 YPC
40 Receptions for 616 Yards and 16 TDs at 15.4 Y/R
Marvin Jones Jr.
24 Receptions for 512 Yards and 16 TDs at 21.3 Y/R
16 Receptions for 256 Yards and 0 TDs at 16 Y/R
56 Receptions for 408 Yards and 8 TDs at 7.3 Y/R
Interestingly, Marvin Jones’ projection barely moved. He gets fewer receptions for nearly the same amount of yards and TDs. Tate is as stable as ever while Kenny Golladay sees a bit of a drop. Eric Ebron sees a huge jump in production in this projection after a strong Week 2 showing.
120 Tackles, 8 Fumble Recoveries, 8.0 Sacks
104 Tackles, 8 Interceptions, 8 Pass Deflections
Tahir Whitehead: cover linebacker? Whitehead has bounced back from a poor 2016 so far, but the rookie Jarrad Davis makes a strong case for DROY as a playmaker in this projection.
56 Tackles, 24.0 Sacks, 8 Forced Fumbles
56 Tackles, 8.0 Sacks
16 Tackles, 8.0 Sacks
40 Tackles, 8 Forced Fumbles
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Ziggy Ansah went from okay to phenom in one week’s worth of projections. Haloti Ngata and Anthony Zettel round out a strong showing from the defensive line, but this is mostly the Ziggy show. The biggest surprise of these projections I think is Cornelius Washington. The free agent acquisition has been playing well, but has yet to record even a single tackle.
72 Tackles, 24 Pass Deflections
32 Tackles, 8 Pass Deflections
24 Tackles, 8 Pass Deflections
48 Tackles, 24 Pass Deflections
The corners have yet to notch an interception, but the group as a whole continues to get their hands on footballs. Darius Slay getting 24 finger wags is going to need its own highlight reel.
88 Tackles, 16 Pass Deflections, 8 Interceptions, 8 Forced Fumbles
56 Tackles, 8 Pass Deflections, 8 Interceptions
48 Tackles, 24 Pass Deflections, 8 Interceptions for 8 TDs
Glover Quin continues to be in the running for DPOY with a strong projection from Week 2. The safety pairing of Glover Quin and Tavon Wilson is shifting to Quin and Miles Killebrew, much to fan’s excitement.
Through Week 2, do these numbers look any more realistic projected out? Who do you think will come close to these exaggerated projections and who do you think will fall far short? Let us know in the comments, or give us a stats prediction of your own.