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Keith Butler Was His Most Aggressive Sunday Vs Browns

Yesterday, we broke down four of Keith Butler’s Fire Zones, a game where his defense took down Austin Davis seven times. Today, we’ll take a different approach at the same point. A statistical method to show how often he did.

We’ve completed our weekly defensive charting, categorizing every single play from Sunday’s win. The Cleveland Browns dropped back 61 times. Of those 61, Butler rushed five 39 times, or 63.9%. He blitzed 31 times, 54.1%. Those numbers appear striking but how do they stack up with the rest of the season? A breakdown of each game.

Week 1 – New England

Rush 5+: 22.2%

Blitz: 19.4%

Week 2 – San Francisco

Rush 5+: 27.3%

Blitz: 29.1%

Week 3 – St. Louis 

Rush 5+: 21.9%

Blitz: 18.8%

Week 4 – Baltimore 

Rush 5+: 41%

Blitz: 46.2%

Week 5 – San Diego 

Rush 5+: 32.1%

Blitz: 32.1%

Week 6- Arizona

Rush 5+: 41.2%

Blitz: 43.1%

Week 7 – Kansas City 

Rush 5+: 37.1%

Blitz: 45.7%

Week 8 – Cincinnati 

Rush 5+: 37%

Blitz: 21.7%

Week 9 – Oakland

Rush 5+: 41.3%

Blitz: 47.8%

Week 10 – Cleveland

Rush 5+: 20%

Blitz: 27.3%

Week 12 – Seattle

Rush 5+: 33.3%

Blitz: 33.3%

Week 13 – Indianapolis 

Rush 5+: 36.6%

Blitz: 31.8%

Week 14 – Cincinnati 

Rush 5+: 20.5%

Blitz: 22.7%

Week 15 – Denver

Rush 5+: 26.9%

Blitz: 26.9%

Week 16 – Baltimore

Rush 5+: 16.3%

Blitz: 23.3%

Week 17 – Cleveland

Rush 5+: 63.9%

Blitz: 54.1%

Wow, what a difference a week makes. From Week 16, just about Butler’s most passive game of the year, to Sunday, by far his most aggressive. Butler didn’t touch 50% in either category until the finale.

What’s also interesting, a look ahead the Wild Card matchup versus Cincinnati, is how relatively passive Butler was in both matchups against the Bengals. Didn’t blitz over 23% in either game. It’ll be interesting to see if that gameplan changes in the third meeting.

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