Volume Facts and Takeaways from Week 7 – by Gabriel Cabistani

We are almost hitting the end of the first half of the 2018 NFL regular season. As usual, we will keep you updated with the Volume Facts and Takeaways from last week!

Teams that were on bye: Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks.

Top 20 Rushing and Rushing Share

First of all, forgive me about this pun, but Adrian Peterson ran All Day last Sunday… Okay, moving on!

AP ran for 24 times (75% Rushing Share) against the Cowboys at home, keeping the offense on the field and helping them to win a crucial Divisional matchup (20-17). Lamar Miller came back strongly (22 carries and 59.5% Rushing Share) and Kerryon Johnson broke out (amassing almost 200 rushing yards on 19 carries).

Marlon Mack also had a formidable game, getting 19 carries in a blowout against a putrid Buffalo Bills defense, while Nick Chubb made good use of his first career start – rushing 18 times (adding a TD) and leading the league in the Rushing Share category (78.3%).

Photo Credit: AP Photo/John Minchillo

Some other standouts: Alvin Kamara (17 attempts), Chris Ivory (16 carries and 72.7% Rushing Share), Ezekiel Elliott, Latavius Murray, Kareem Hunt and Todd Gurley (15 carries each – the last three scored, and Gurley twice, again) and Saquon Barkley, David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay (14 carries each, with Barkley and Lindsay finding paydirt).

Top 20 Touches and Touch Share

Coincidentally, All Day was the NFL leader this week in 25 touches, followed closely by Miller with 24, Barkley with 23 (and a 95.8% Touch Share) and Johnson and Mack with 21 each.

Zeke and Christian McCaffrey were the only RBs who monopolized their backfield touches in Week 7, even though Elliott only had 17 touches and CMC doesn’t even show up in the Top 20 (with only 13 touches).

Kareem Hunt had 20 touches against the Bengals, but, boy, he surely did some damage, scoring three total TDs. Ivory, Gurley, Kamara and James White all had 19 touches, with White capitalizing on his amazing receiving numbers (10 Targets for 8 Receptions).

Chubb was the only RB with 18 total touches, followed by five guys with 17 touches – DJ, Zeke, T.J. Yeldon, Austin Ekeler and Murray. Joe Mixon, despite a very unfavorable game script, amassed 16 touches, while Lindsay totaled 15 and Alex Collins ends the Top 20 with 14 touches.

Top 20 Targets and Target Share

Jarvis Landry is back at the Top of the Target rankings! Last week, he was Baker Mayfield‘s target 15 times, catching the ball 10 times for 97 yards and a score in a losing effort against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also led the Target Share column, with a 45.5% mark.

A Vikings‘ receiver was again at the top of the ranks, but, surprisingly, it wasn’t Adam Thielen this time… It was the Maryland Terrapin, Stefon Diggs! Diggs gathered 14 targets, although with 8 receptions for a meager 33 yards... A.J. Green also had 14 targets from Andy Dalton, but with way more success – 7 catches for 114 yards (and a 43.8% Target Share).

Tarik Cohen is capitalizing on his increasing role, scoring TDs weekly and being the favorite target for Mitch Trubisky – this time, 12 Targets for 8 receptions, 69 yards and a TD. Julio Jones was again peppered with targets (also 12), amassing 104 yards but not scoring. When will Julio score again!? Are we seeing Julio reach the endzone this season? Well, we can only see it coming after the Week 8 bye.

Odell Beckham, Devin Funchess, Trey Burton, Zach Ertz and Mike Evans (11 targets each) follow the leaders, with Saquon, White, Tyreek Hill, Donte Moncrief, Thielen, Robby Anderson, and Alshon Jeffery were targeted 10 times. Rounding the panel out, Michael Crabtree, Michael Thomas, and O.J. Howard were each targeted 9 times.

Top 10 Red Zone Rushing Attempts and Targets

Do I need to tell you that Gurley is being a freaking Red Zone monster this season? He ran 6 times inside the 20 again, totaling 45 Red Zone rushes in 7 weeks! The next closest man is Kamara, with 20 – and 5 rushes this week.

Kerryon rushed 6 times inside the 20 while failing to score a TD – and maybe becoming the workhorse RB the Detroit Lions have been looking for since Reggie Bush left town many years ago. Marlon Mack, Ronald Jones, and Spencer Ware all had 4 attempts (Ware was the only one not scoring), while Murray, Chubb, Jordan Howard, and Matt Breida close the rank out with 3 carries each.

For the Red Zone Targets, Landry, Hunt and Beckham led the way with 4 targets each, while scoring at least once. Thomas, Julian Edelman, Corey Davis, Cohen and Sterling Shepard had 3 Targets each – and only the Patriot and ‘The Human Joystick’ scoring from the air.

Marcus Murphy and Funchess had 2 targets each inside the RZ, with Funchess hitting the endzone once and helping an amazing Panthers’ comeback in hostile territory against the Eagles.

That’s it for Week 7 Volume Facts and Takeaways. Thank you very much and I hope to see you after Week 8!

By Gabriel Cabistani – @GTCabistaniFF

DISCLAIMER – Data gathered from http://www.pro-football-reference.com  and Red Zone Stats from http://www.nflsavant.com.

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