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Week 10 Game Scripts: Saints Stick To the Ground Game

The Broncos, Saints, Packers, and Steelers were your run-happy teams of week 10.

Denver made the quarterback switch to Brock Osweiler, which is a good reason why they decided to be run-happy. Osweiler had 33 pass attempts, while Broncos running backs had 27 carries… in a game Denver trailed 27-9 at halftime. Consider that New England had a +14.5 Game Script… and finished with a higher pass ratio than Denver!

New Orleans called a running play on 24 straight plays, and passed on fewer than 35% of their plays, the first time that’s happened for the Saints since 2001. Even with a +16.6 Game Script, that’s still incredibly run-heavy.

Green Bay was in a tight game throughout with the Bears, but Jamaal Williams had 20 carries and Green Bay rushed 37 times against the Bears, compared to just 28 pass plays for Brett Hundley (who also had only two rushing attempts).

Finally, Pittsburgh trailed most of the day against the Colts, but Le’Veon Bell still had 26 carries. The Steelers had a nearly 50/50 pass/run ratio, remarkable for a team playing with a -4.7 Game Script.

The full week 10 Game Scripts below:

TeamH/ROppBoxscorePFPAMarginGame ScriptPassRunP/R RatioOp_POp_ROpp_P/R Ratio
NOR@BUFBoxscore47103716.6254834.2%301566.7%
NWE@DENBoxscore41162514.5382956.7%332854.1%
CARMIABoxscore45212411.8353649.3%371768.5%
LARHOUBoxscore337269.1402561.5%402561.5%
MIN@WASBoxscore383085.9293148.3%462763%
SFONYGBoxscore3121105263244.8%402363.5%
GNB@CHIBoxscore231674.7283743.1%401770.2%
ATLDALBoxscore277204.6303446.9%382164.4%
SEA@ARIBoxscore221664.1372361.7%492467.1%
TAMNYJBoxscore151053.4353153%452069.2%
TENCINBoxscore242042.7483657.1%361472%
DETCLEBoxscore3824140.8292059.2%443357.1%
JAXLACBoxscore20173-0.4542766.7%373055.2%
PIT@INDBoxscore20173-4.7323051.6%272948.2%

In addition to the Patriots, the Rams (61.5% pass ratio, +9.1 Game Script) and Bengals (72.0%, -2.7) stood out as the most pass-happy teams.

What stands out to you?