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IDP Game Breakdowns Tackle Opportunities: Week 2
Steve Gallo
September 14, 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 45 55 3-4 Ray Horton* We knew Stewart Bradley wasn't starting but shockingly he didn't play at all. 
ATL 50 54 4-3 Brian VanGorder DT Jonathan Babineaux out up to 5 weeks with MCL injury.
BAL 49 42 3-4 & 4-3
Chuck Pagano* Rookie CB Jimmy Smith suffered a high ankle sprain.  Starting CBs are Cary Williams and Ladarius Webb.
BUF 57 42 3-4 & 4-3 George Edwards SS Bryan Scott seeing time at LB. SS George Wilson should still be the more consistent player.
CAR 55 45 4-3 Sean McDermott* John Beason tore is Achilles and has been lost for the year.  Dan Connor will replace him but biggest bump in value should be to Thomas Davis.  Davis and James Anderson will now both be 3-down LBs.
CHI 54 50 Tampa 2 Rod Marinelli  
CIN 52 47 4-3 Mike Zimmer I wouldn't be too worried about Maualuga's week 1 performance. Safety Reggie Nelson one to keep an eye on.
CLE 47 52 4-3 Dick Jauron* D'Qwell Jackson is back.  Don't be surprised to see him finish as a top 5 LB this year.
DAL 53 46 3-4 Rob Ryan* Sean Lee looks to be solidified in starting role.  Bradie James and Keith Brooking were rotating.
DEN 42 53 4-3 Dennis Allen  
DET 59 47 4-3 Gunther Cunningham Still need to see how the Lions sub-packages play out.
GBP 56 56 3-4 Dom Capers AJ Hawks shows that sometimes pass interference is a good thing.
HOU 59 35 3-4 Wade Phillips* Now imagine what Mario Williams fantasy points look like without those 2 sacks.
IND 35 59 Tampa 2 Larry Coyer Gary Brackett dealing with injured shoulder.  Pat Angerer should replace Brackett at MLB if he can't go.
JAC 66 36 4-3 Mel Tucker Posluszny struggled but much had to do with limited opportunities.
KCC 42 57 3-4 Romeo Crennel Lost Eric Berry for the year, torn ACL.  Big blow for the D, McGraw likely to fill in but don't expect him to fill Berry's shoes.
MIA 54 55 3-4 Mike Nolan  
MIN 35 62 Tampa 2 Leslie Frazier  
NEP 55 54 3-4 & 4-3 Bill Belichick Patriots D let Henne throw for over 400 yards, that is concerning.
NOS 56 56 4-3 Gregg Williams  
NYG 42 51 4-3 Perry Fewell Rookie Greg Jones started at MLB.  Tuck missed game due  to neck injury/stinger from pre-season.  Tuck expects to be able to play this week.
NYJ 46 53 3-4 Mike Pettine  
OAK 53 42 4-3 Chuck Bresnahan* Rolando McClain or as one of our forum users wrote, McLame had a bad game.  Not as bad as this week but not as good fantasy wise as many think either.
PHL 48 49 4-3 Juan Castillo* Run defense needs to improve.
PIT 42 49 3-4 Dick LeBeau Timmons looks like Timmons from 1st half last year. 
SDC 62 35 3-4 Greg Manusky* Butler and Spikes should fare better against a team that puts up even an average number of snaps from scrimmage.
SEA 48 47 4-3 Gus Bradley KJ Wright filled in for Hawthorne.  Monitor the injury report for Hawthorne's status this week.
SFO 47 48 3-4 Vic Fangio*  
STL 49 48 4-3 Ken Flajole  
TBB 47 59 Tampa 2 Raheem Morris Sean Jones put up big numbers. Doubtful he sustains that type of production.
TEN 36 66 4-3 Jerry Gray* Ruud picking up right where Stephen Tulloch left off.
WAS 51 42 3-4 Jim Haslett Don't read  much into  rookie Ryan Kerrigan's week 1, at least from a fantasy perspective.

* New Defensive Coordinator

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