Pick 32: AFC East: Week 6

New England Patriots

I’d like to see a look at Sony Michel and the run blocking. No specific play, I’ve just been impressed with that unit the past couple of weeks.

God bless Dante Scarneccia

-TG- from reddit

This is a pretty interesting play design. There’s a few things to unpack here, first New England’s going to let a Chief go unblocked, trusting that Sony Michel will run past him. New England also has 3 blockers on Kansas City’s other 3 linemen. Since they have a tight end and a fullback in the game on this play, that gives Michel 4 more blockers in front of him.
While it was a good play, it could’ve been a great one. Here Edelman failed to block his man. With a good block, Michel would’ve been able to break outside, and if he made 1 man miss, it probably would’ve gone for a touchdown.
Instead Michel has to break back inside, which causes him to get brought down for a gain of 8.


Bad Play

The who did he throw that to play

-ChiefStark1893 from reddit

(He or she was also nice enough to include a video in their comment, much appreciated.)

This is the initial formation, it’s a pretty standard goal line pass play.
What I like about this play from Patrick Mahomes is that he throws the ball to where’s a defender isn’t, not necessarily where a receiver is. A lot of guys would just fire a pass to Hill, but floating one in no man’s land gives Hill a much better chance to come down with it, even if it’s not exactly what the route started off as. (This is also why Kareem Hunt thought the pass was coming to him).
There was also another Chief open here. Mahomes made the right call going to Hill, but I though it was worth mentioning that this play worked in a couple of different ways.


Buffalo Bills

I picked this one myself.

Okay so this is the initial play design, but what I really want to talk about with this play is Josh Allen’s patience.
If this was a second down, he might dump it off to the circled receiver for a 3 or 4 yard gain, however it’s a third down and they need 6 yards on this play.
Allen’s under pressure, and nobody’s open, so he’s going to scramble to bide time. Meanwhile McCoy was only in the play to block, however he realizes the situation and runs downfield.
Nobody’s covering McCoy (which is understandable because he was just a blocker on this play). This allows McCoy to be wide open in the middle of the field for a big gain. 


Bonus Buffalo Bills

I would like the play at the end of the game where the Touchdown pass to Griffin was batted away by the defender. I want to see if he was really running his route well enough to try and get open or if he slowed up a bit because he was afraid of the sideline or just didn’t cut hard enough. Watson made the throw late, but I feel like Griffin should have had some more separation trying harder to get to the sideline.

-Andoo from reddit

This is Houston’s play design. Buffalo’s going to be playing man coverage on this play, so Watson’s going to look for a receiver who has a good matchup.
Watson’t under pressure quickly, however he’s elusive enough to evade the tackle.
Watson’s now off balance, however Ryan Griffin’s open in the endzone. Watson at this point really should’ve planted his feet and thrown the ball now.
Instead he steps about 3 steps over and then throws while on the run. This allows Buffalo’s linebacker to get back into the play and knock the ball away.


Bad Play

I received no suggestions for this one. Send me a tweet @jacksonkrueger for a suggestion next week.

This is going to be a cornerback blitz by Houston, with a safety coming over to pick up a Buffalo receiver. A linebacker’s going to drop back in coverage, and Houston’s still going to have a safety back on the bottom half of the screen. 
The downside of this play for Houson is that it leaves a receiver wide open. Nathan Peterman is looking right towards an open receiver, but decides to not throw it there for some reason.
Since Buffalo has 2 receivers on the bottom half of the screen, Kelvin Benjamin who’s all the way at the bottom of the the screen is most likely either going to cut back or run straight out. He could cut in too but he would’ve had to do that earlier. At this point Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph knows he has safety help behind him, and he knows Benjamin isn’t going to cut in, so he calmly sits back and waits for Peterman to throw the ball, then he jumps the route and picks up a game clinching interception. (Although on a bit of a side note, Johnathan Joseph shouldn’t have scored a touchdown here. Buffalo had no timeouts, so if he just took a knee at the 3 yard line Buffalo could’ve just ran out the clock and then kicked a chip shot field goal to win the game as time expired. Instead the Bills had a chance to tie the game. Houston still won so it didn’t matter, but it’s a rare situation where it helps to not score a touchdown).


New York Jets

Adams forcing the fumble on turbin

-SuddenNeck from reddit

This play from the colts is nothing fancy, just a standard run through the left A gap. The real star of this play is Jets linebacker Avery Williamson, who I’ve circled. He spotted what the play was going to be, and positioned a defender over. This would in theory make things easier for Colts halfback Robert Turbin, who would now have a bigger hole to get through, however it also makes a bigger hole for Williamson to get through.
As you see here, the Williamson clogs up the A gap, and Turbin has to try something else. He probably should’ve gone to the bottom of the screen, but he instead goes to the top where there’s more defenders.
Many would’ve just gone for a regular tackle here, however Jets Safety Jamal Adams sees that Turbin is looking away from him to try and find a hole. Adams then lays a big hit on Turbin, which knocks the ball loose.


Bad Play

Chester Rodgers touchdown! Go especially in detail of how he caught the ball!


On this play, the Colts have 3 receivers in a bunch formation at the top of the screen, and they’re all going to go deep. The Jets defenders are going to run back to guard their receivers, and Chester Rogers is going to simply run to where they were.
At this point, nobody’s on Rogers. He’s still is underneath quite a few New York defenders, however he’s got enough speed and space to get into the endzone. 


Miami Dolphins

Maybe a breakdown of the shovel pass to Frank Gore? Seemed like an interesting play design to me.


This is going to be a quick pass to Frank gore, which will then basically turn into a running play. Also Miami’s center and right tackle are going to shift to their left which will help them block to their left.
Since Osweiler takes off to his right, several Bears step over that way, which gets them out of position. Now Gore just has to make one man miss and he picks up a big gain.


Bad Play

I received no suggestions for this one. Send me a tweet @jacksonkrueger for a suggestion next week.

This is just a great read by Kyle Fuller. Miami has 2 receivers on the bottom half of the screen. It’s a 3rd and 7, so there’s really only 3 options, the receiver Fuller’s assigned to going to either run downfield, cut back, or cut in, however cutting in would require him to cross paths with the other receiver on his side of the field, so that seems unlikely. Giving only 2 probable routes.
So Fuller’s going to stay back and watch Osweiler. The second he sees where Osweiler’s pass is going to, he jumps the route and intercepts the ball. 


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