Hog Power: A Look At The Top Fronts In Football

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Sep 29, 2013

We are just three weeks into the NFL season and both teams atop the Hog Indexes are a complete surprise. 

The New York Jets are playing lights out on defense and top the Defensive Hog Index through Week 3. They're stopping teams on third down with great efficiency and owning teams who try to run on them.

Sheldon Richardson is pacing the defensive line and is making his case as a rookie to be one of the top defensive lineman in all of football against the run. They have the uber consistent David Harris at linebacker, and it is near impossible to gain any traction in the run game against their front seven.

They are the only defensive front to have a top 10 ranking in all the categories we use rank the Defensive Hog Index

The Kansas City Chiefs held the top spot in our Defensive Hog Index last week. They fell seven spots due to the Eagles rushing game gashing them on Thursday night. They have a favorable matchup this week against the Giants and their putrid offensive line. Look for the Chiefs to move back up the rankings next week. 

The Atlanta Falcons hold the top spot in our Offensive Hog Index. Let me say that one more time so it sinks in, the Atlanta Falcons have the best offensive line in football.

They are the only offense to hold a top ten ranking in every catergory we use. If it were not for Denver Broncos rushing yards per attempt they would be far and away the number one front.

Somehow even with the horrific play of Sam Baker and Peter Konz the Falcons have managed the fourth best negative pass play percentage. This is a testament to Matt Ryan, not his offensive line. We doubt you'll see this team atop these rankings any other week this year. 

This week's marquee matchup is the Patriots versus Falcons. The Falcons come in with the 10th ranked offense in thrid down efficiency, while the Patriots are the

eighth best defensive front stopping teams on thrid down. Pay close attention to the matchup on the interior. How does the Falcons interior offensive line handle Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and Joe Vellano? Our guess is pretty poorly. 

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