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NFL Week 7 Previous Divisional Matchups

Divisional opponents in the NFL play twice a year, so with teams that did not change drastically from one year to the next, their previous matchups should be indicative of performance in their next matchup. I will look at the two divisional matchups this week, Seattle at St. Louis, and New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys.

Seattle at St. Louis

Game 1

Game 2

Notes:

  • Golden Tate had two extremely good games, combining for 13 receptions, 222 yards, and 3 TDs. Tate is not longer on the team but as the Seahawks #1 WR we could expect a good game from Doug Baldwin, as the Rams have an extremely similar secondary to last year.
  • In both games, Russell Wilson had success in the passing game, although he did not pass the ball very much.
  • The Seahawks defense managed 2 INTs in both games.

Giants at Cowboys

Game 1

Game 2

Notes:

  • Despite not trailing by much at any point in game 1, the Giants threw the ball on a remarkable 44 out of 59 total plays, for nearly a 75% pass run/ratio. They were much more balanced in game 2 going about 50/50.
  • Dallas passed the ball much more than they ran it, but they threw the ball 65% of the time last season, while only throwing it 50% this season leaning on DeMarco Murray.
  • Dez Bryant had an awful game 1, but came back in game 2 for solid numbers but no TDs. It’s worth noting he was the RWR in game 1, but moved to left in game 2. He is LWR in 2014.
  • Jason Witten was the fantasy stud of the games, scoring a 2 TDs in each game. Witten gets great playing time, and seems well worth a play. It seems the Cowboys like exposing the Giants at the TE position on the road.

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