The Pittsburgh Steelers needed a big play to keep a clock-draining drive alive. What they got was a little luck and a highlight-reel touchdown.
Since we’re now at roughly the one-third mark of the 2017 NFL season, it’s a good time to take a look at how every NFL team’s blocking wall (a term that includes anyone who blocks on a play) grades out at this time.
Authentic Kids Craig Robertson Jersey The details of the grading system can be found here, with the nutshell explanation being that it uses a wide variety of advanced blocking metrics to come up with an A-F grade for every platoon.
Now that we have the preliminaries out of the way, let’s take a look at the top five and bottom five blocking walls, predict if those blocking paces will continue, and review some interesting metrics being posted by a couple of AFC playoff contenders.
Authentic Youth Brian Hartline Jersey The biggest injury question mark this week appeared to be wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and his recovery from a hamstring strain. But coach Dan Quinn said Sanu is set to return to practice and was close to playing last week against the Dolphins. Getting Sanu back for the Super Bowl rematch against the Patriots could be key with some of the offensive struggles the Falcons are enduring right now. — Vaughn McClure
Inside linebacker Luke Kuechly entered the concussion protocol last Thursday for the third time in as many years. Although he’s progressing, his history with concussions could mean the team is cautious about putting him back on the field for Sunday’s game at Chicago, even if he clears all five steps. That he has a week and a half between games works in his favor, and the Panthers, as coach Ron Rivera made clear, are clearly a better team with the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. — David Newton