Around the AFC North (1/28): Who Makes the All-Intangible Team?

In today's edition of Around the AFC North, I am going to take a different spin on things after reading this article on Yahoo Sports, which highlights the "All-intangible team" for the NFL this season. Unfortunately, none of the members of the Cleveland Browns were ranked in the top three of any of the chosen categories. Each of our division rivals had one or more players listed though, so let's take a look at those players.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Category: Most yards per play after a quarterback hit

1. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (33 hits, 10.2 yards per play)
We know how elusive Roethlisberger is, and how effective he can be when out of the pocket. You had a feeling that he was going to complete that third-and-6 pass against the New York Jets in the AFC championship game, because you’ve seen him make those throws so many times before.

Category: Highest completion percentage, third-and-8 or more

1. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (25-of-51 converted; 49 percent)
This guy again? Yes, indeed. Having a speedster like Mike Wallace (20.95 average yards per reception) as an option helps, but Big Ben was able to get deep with lesser-known guys like Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown.

Category: Most total defeats

3. James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers (31) - Defensive defeats indicates the total number of plays by a defensive player that prevents the offense from gaining first-down yardage on third or fourth down, stops the offense behind the line of scrimmage or results in a turnover.

Category: Most quarterback disruptions, inside linebackers

1. James Farrior, Pittsburgh Steelers (16)
We know that outside linebackers, especially in 3-4 defenses, will get a lot of quarterback pressures. But inside linebackers find it a tougher go, because they play the run so often and can be more easily blocked out from pursuit. Farrior’s longevity is especially impressive.

Baltimore Ravens

Category: Highest completion percentage, third-and-8 or more

3. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (27-of-70; 38.6 percent)

Category: Lowest YAC percentage

3. Derrick Mason, Baltimore Ravens (11.1 yards per reception, 2.1 YAC, 16 percent YAC)

Category: Most quarterback hurries

3. Terrell Suggs, Baltimore Ravens (37)

Cincinnati Bengals

Category: Highest catch rate (minimum 50 receptions, non-running backs and tight ends)

2. Jordan Shipley, Cincinnati Bengals (74 passes, 52 catches, 70.3 percent)


Here is another interesting article, this one from Football Outsiders, on how the Steelers' offensive line delivered in the AFC Championship:

In a Bizzaro World playoff turnaround, the Steelers offensive line played their best game of the season. And the weirdest part? Jonathan Scott was the best player on the unit.

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