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Directional passing update for Week 4

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During the NFL season, we’re going to break down how different offenses are utilizing their weapons all over the field. As the year goes on, patterns begin to emerge that will allow us to anticipate and exploit mismatches between a defense and an offense that we’re targeting. 

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From a team-level, the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t taking any chances up the middle on targets from Jalen Hurts. Less than 4% of their passes have been thrown over the middle of the field. 

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We’ll zoom in a bit through the rest of the article, but here’s a look at how all of the pass catchers with at least 7 targets/game are being deployed across the league. 

Short passing

The first short passing matchup we’re going to highlight is CeeDee Lamb vs. A.J. Bouye.

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This matchup is our highest rated across the entire slate this weekend. Nobody was going to sit Lamb, obviously, but this is welcome news for people with him on his squad (or those eying him for DFS).

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The Panthers are hot, starting off their year with three straight wins. They have been targeted short left quite a bit already and they haven’t faced anyone of Lamb’s skill level yet. The Dallas standout has the highest yards per attempt of anybody with more than five targets in the short left zone of the field. 

Deebo Samuel and Justin Jefferson are the only two receivers with over 100 receiving yards on short throws up the middle. 

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They both have slightly positive matchups this weekend.