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Pressure Percentage

by Staff Report on November 6, 2009

Sacks are thrown around by fans as a way to measure a teams success rate of getting after opposing quarterbacks, but what many naive fans don’t factor in the equation is QB Hits and QB Pressures. Hitting a quarterback repeatedly or hurrying a quarterbacks decision making process can also lead positive gains by a  defense. Last year we here at Bucs Central tracked what we called “Pressure Percentage“,  we’ve continued  to monitor such stats and through the first eight games of the regular season have the breakdown once again.

The first table shows sacks, QB hits and QB pressures along with the total for all three categories for each team.

TEAM SACKS QB HITS QB PRESSURE TOTAL
Eagles 23 31 69 123
Vikings 31 35 71 137
Redskins 18 32 47 97
Cowboys 17 36 68 121
Steelers 21 23 73 117
Broncos 23 19 56 98
Cardinals 17 25 65 107
Giants 18 35 42 95
Ravens 16 25 58 99
Texans 11 39 62 112
Patriots 13 26 54 93
Jets 14 26 72 112
Raiders 17 22 60 99
Saints 17 34 63 114
Chargers 17 17 51 85
Falcons 14 22 71 107
Packers 12 27 46 85
Buccaneers 11 20 42 73
Colts 20 24 58 102
Browns 16 26 62 104
Panthers 17 16 46 79
Dolphins 19 19 47 85
Rams 14 33 53 100
49ers 16 26 58 100
Bears 15 18 53 86
Bengals 17 25 53 95
Titans 15 28 53 96
Seahawks 18 29 39 86
Bills 17 30 50 97
Chiefs 9 15 52 76
Lions 15 16 40 71
Jaguars 5 17 39 61
NFL AVERAGE 16 26 55 97

The second table shows each teams actual pressures per pass attempt and a teams actual percentage of pressure based on total number of passing plays.

TEAM PRESSURE PER ATTEMPT PRESSURE PERCENTAGE
Eagles 2.01 50%
Vikings 2.01 50%
Redskins 2.03 49%
Cowboys 2.12 47%
Steelers 2.21 45%
Broncos 2.22 45%
Cardinals 2.25 44%
Giants 2.26 44%
Ravens 2.27 44%
Texans 2.29 44%
Patriots 2.30 43%
Jets 2.31 43%
Raiders 2.33 43%
Saints 2.34 43%
Chargers 2.36 42%
Falcons 2.39 42%
Packers 2.45 41%
Buccaneers 2.47 41%
Colts 2.48 40%
Browns 2.48 40%
Panthers 2.49 40%
Dolphins 2.53 40%
Rams 2.56 39%
49ers 2.66 38%
Bears 2.69 37%
Bengals 2.69 37%
Titans 2.78 36%
Seahawks 2.81 36%
Bills 2.88 35%
Chiefs 3.07 33%
Lions 3.30 30%
Jaguars 3.85 26%
NFL AVERAGE 2.50 41%

Even though the Bucs rank 29th in the league with only 11 sacks, they are still at top twenty team in regards to overall pressure on opposing quarterbacks. While the overall pressure has been there there lack of stunts, tackle end games and different blitz packages to maximize the new scheme has not been there. It boils down to the teams ability to finish plays or in this case planting opposing quarterbacks.

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