Advanced statistics for individual players are now available for week 1 of the 2010 season. Win Probability Added, Expected Points Added, Success Rate, Tackle Factor, and a myriad of other numbers will be tracked throughout the season. (Check out the glossary for definitions of each statistic.)
Who was the hero of week 1? Eli Manning with +0.58 WPA in the Giants' victory over the Panthers.
Miles Austin tops the wide receivers with an incredible +0.68 WPA in the Cowboys' loss to the Redskins. But that was mostly due to a +0.60 WPA play at the end of the game. Austin's 30-yard catch over the middle set Dallas up for what was almost a miraculous victory, if not for Alex Barrons' clothesline hold on Brian Orakpo.
The Texans' Arian Foster leads the running backs with a dominant +0.26 WPA in his break-out game against the Colts. I thought it would be higher.
Todd Heap leads tight ends with +0.27 WPA, +0.16 of which was thanks to a deep catch in the final minutes of the Ravens' win over the Jets.
Shaun Hill rescues Mark Sanchez from being the goat of the week. Hill played poorly in relief for Matthew Stafford, and couldn't get the TD the Lions needed at the end of the game. Of course, it's hard to count that controversial call against him, but even WPA has to follow the rules.
Linebacker Bryan Thomas of the Jets tops defensive playmakers. His sack early in the loss against the Ravens forced Joe Flacco to cough up the ball deep in Baltimore territory. But the bigger play was a late-game stuff of Ray Rice for a 2-yard loss, helping knock the Ravens out of FG range and forcing a punt.
The Ravens' Hiloti Ngata returned the favor with a sack of Mark Sanchez for an 8-yard loss on the final drive of the game, putting the Jets in a hole from which they never recovered.
Kyle Vanden Bosch tops the defensive ends with his 10 tackles, including 1 for a loss.
Troy Polamalu's late-game interception of Matt Ryan puts him on top of the safeties so far, but I wouldn't bet against him staying on top. Let's just hope he breaks the dreaded "Head and Shoulders" Curse. It's a well known statistical fact that NFL players who appear in dandruff shampoo commercials play in only 5 or less games for the current season.
DeAngelo Hall's fumble return for a TD made the difference in the Redskins win and helped him rack up 0.45 +WPA, nearly twice as much as the next cornerback.
You can get to the individual stats throughout the season via the drop down menus in the site header, or using the menus below.