The NFL’s biggest trend in recent years has been Next Gen Stats tracking, enabled by Zebra Technologies’ on-field tracking. They release all sorts of interesting analytical data that measure player performance.
This week, they released their statistics and tracking data across the league. They have an interesting tidbit on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater:
Teddy Bridgewater owns the fourth best CPOE of the season at +6.8% but he completed passes -18.8% below expectation in Week 4.
It was a rough showing for Teddy Bridgwater before getting hurt against Baltimore. He completed just 7 of his 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. He ranked 34th out of 35 quarterbacks in EPA+CPOE this week.
However, it’s important to note that this game was more or less an aberration from the way the rest of this season has gone and Denver was short-handed at receiver without Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler. Teddy is second in EPA+CPOE across the season, just behind Patrick Mahomes. Teddy’s one of five quarterbacks with a CPOE over 6 (Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott, Russell Wilson, Joe Burrow).
It’s important to note that Teddy isn’t just checking it down with these completions either. Bridgewater is sixth in Intended Air Yards. These are vertical yards on a pass attempt at the moment the ball is caught in relation to the line of scrimmage on all attempts.
Despite his rough game against Baltimore, Teddy Bridgewater is still ranking quite high among metrics that measure quality of quarterback play. He’s been a big catalyst for Denver’s success, and it’s been obvious why he was named the starting quarterback.
Williamson has started over 80 games in the NFL and has amassed over 600 tackles in his career. Josh Malone was a fourth-round pick by the Bengals in 2016. He has 11 catches and one touchdown in his career. These signings come off a wave of injuries at both positions.
Ronald Darby is now eligible to practice with the team after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury. Head Coach Vic Fangio said it was possible he returns to play against Pittsburgh.
After suffering a concussion on Sunday, Bridgewater returned to watch film and was lifting weights on Wednesday’s practice. He could be limited in Thursday while he’s aiming to clear concussion protocols in time to play against Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 1-point favorites over the Denver Broncos this week. The over/under is set at 39.5 points. Denver has three wins against the spread this season.
Najee Harris and Javonte Williams are the top-two leaders in rushing yards among all rookie backs coming into this matchup. Both face a tough test this week against two elite defenses.
Using accuracy rate over expected, EPA/play and PFF grade for Weeks 1-4, PFF released a Passing Composite Score. Teddy Bridgewater ranked 9th with a 74.19, ranking right in between Tom Brady and Dak Prescott. Pretty good company for Bridgewater.