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IDP Game Breakdowns Tackle Opportunities: Week 3
Steve Gallo
September 21, 2011

This is part 1 in the weekly IDP Game Breakdown series.  The reference chart below lists each team’s average tackle opportunities (TOs) given up, average tackle opportunities faced, defensive scheme, defensive coordinator & any relevant notes.  In addition the reference chart is color coded to identify tackle opportunities that are average (highlighted in yellow), below average (highlighted in red) & above average (highlighted in green) TOs are based on this year's stats.  Basically, if your LB is facing a RED team then it isn't a good matchup, conversely a GREEN team would be a good matchup.  The historical average for TOs is 50 (highlighted in yellow), anything 49 or less will be in red and anything above 51 will be in green.  Below the reference chart are key matchups, thought to be the best and worst of the week. 

Tackle opportunities are described as rushing attempts & pass completions faced plus sacks given up. 

Average tackle opportunity stats are derived from data provided by

Bye Week Schedule:
Week 5  Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Miami, St. Louis, Washington
Week 6  Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle, Tennessee
Week 7  Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, New York Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco
Week 8 Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, NY Jets, Oakland, Tampa Bay
Week 9  Carolina, Detroit, Jacksonville, Minnesota
Week 10 NONE
Week 11 Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh

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Team Average Tackle Opportunities
Given Up
Average Tackle Opportunities
ARI 40 58 3-4 Ray Horton* Stewart Bradley played in place of injured Daryl Washington and he made the most of it by leading the 'Zona LBs in tackles.  Lenon injured his knee in week 2 so even if Washington returns to the field in week 3 Bradley should still be one of the starting ILBs.
ATL 50 55 4-3 Brian VanGorder  
BAL 42 51 3-4 & 4-3
Chuck Pagano*  
BUF 55 48 3-4 & 4-3 George Edwards  
CAR 54 43 4-3 Sean McDermott* Thomas Davis tore his ACL for the 3rd year in a row.  Dan Connor might end up seeing nickel duty by default.  Either Jordan Senn or Jason Williams will get to replace Davis.  Don't be surprised to see James Anderson could return to his early season 2010 form
CHI 46 53 Tampa 2 Rod Marinelli  
CIN 51 50 4-3 Mike Zimmer Week 2 was more of what to expect from Maualuga, not the stinker he had in week 1.
CLE 52 50 4-3 Dick Jauron* Browns saw below average tackle opps in week 2 but D'Qwell Jackson still had a nice game.  Jackson is an automatic start.  Just cross your fingers that he stays healthy.
DAL 51 46 3-4 Rob Ryan* Last week I said that Sean Lee looked to be solidified as a starter.  This week I say he looks to be solidified as a stud!
DEN 48 51 4-3 Dennis Allen Wesley Woodyard had a nice game in week 2, just remember he is only playing due an injury to DJ Williams.
DET 57 47 4-3 Gunther Cunningham Call me crazy but I still don't feel comfortable with the Lions LBs.
GBP 49 55 3-4 Dom Capers Nick Collins done for the year due to a neck injury. Peprah expected to take over at SS and Burnett to FS.
HOU 60 39 3-4 Wade Phillips* Hard to believe but the Texans have the #1 rated pass defense in the NFL.  A far cry from last year but this week they get tested by the Saints potent passing attack.
IND 41 58 Tampa 2 Larry Coyer  
JAC 53 43 4-3 Mel Tucker Dwight Lowery replacing Courtney Greene in the starting lineup.
KCC 44 56 3-4 Romeo Crennel McGraw doing a good job filling in for Berry. As long as he can keep the job his production will be very good.
MIA 48 58 3-4 Mike Nolan  
MIN 44 53 Tampa 2 Leslie Frazier Kevin Williams returns after two week suspension.
NEP 57 55 3-4 & 4-3 Bill Belichick Only team that ranks worse in pass defense than the Patriots are the Packers.
NOS 56 47 4-3 Gregg Williams Will Smith returns after two week suspension.
NYG 51 47 4-3 Perry Fewell Tuck's injury looks to be behind him. The man is a beast and there is no reason to not start him.
NYJ 48 47 3-4 Mike Pettine  
OAK 53 48 4-3 Chuck Bresnahan* Rolando McClain had a bounce back game in week 2.  Now to decide which McClain is the real McClain.
PHL 52 50 4-3 Juan Castillo* Breaking News: Jamar Chaney is being moved to MLB and Casey Matthews to WLB.
PIT 51 44 3-4 Dick LeBeau Timmons 5-3-0 line is VERY impressive considering the Seahawks only gave up 33 tackle opportunities.  The Steelers ran the ball more than that.
SDC 59 47 3-4 Greg Manusky*  
SEA 43 54 4-3 Gus Bradley Hawthorne looks to still be limited by his knee injury.  If you have a solid option to replace him you should give that player a strong look.  Not recommending dropping Hawthorne as I think he can still put up monster numbers once he gets healthy.
SFO 47 49 3-4 Vic Fangio* NaVorro Bowman putting up big numbers.  I can't see him keeping it up.  Will point out I can be stubborn in changing my view on a player.
STL 46 54 4-3 Ken Flajole Laurinaitis had a 9 solo, 5 assist game against the Giants.  He will be lucky to accumulate 5 assists in his next 3 home games combined.  The solos will be there but the assists won't be.
TBB 45 56 Tampa 2 Raheem Morris Quincy Black injured his ankle and Mason Foster saw more time because of it.
TEN 48 51 4-3 Jerry Gray* Do NOT bail on Rudd.  He had what looked to be an incredible matchup on paper against the Ravens.  The Ravens then s*#t the bed and only gave up 32 tackle opportunities.
WAS 56 39 3-4 Jim Haslett  

* New Defensive Coordinator

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