Play action not working in NFC South

When it comes to play-action passing, the NFC South has not been very good this season.

I think most of the blame should fall on running games that haven’t been very consistent. But the fact is, no NFC South quarterback has flourished when throwing off play action, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Atlanta probably has had the most consistency in the running game of any team in the NFC South, so it’s not really a surprise that Matt Ryan has the division’s best passer rating on play-action throws. But Ryan’s rating in those situations is 87.5, which ranks 16th in the league.

Ryan has completed 13 of 20 passes for 150 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions on play action. New Orleans’ Drew Brees, who generally ranks near the top in every statistical category known to man, does not shine in this one.

Brees ranks No. 25 in the league with a 70.6 rating off play action and has yet to throw a touchdown off play action. The same goes for Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman, who is No. 27 in the league with a 65.2 rating off play action. Carolina’s Jimmy Clausen is one spot behind Freeman with a 60.7 rating. Former Carolina starter Matt Moore had a dismal 26.3 rating off play action.

Little known fact of the day: No NFC South quarterback has thrown a touchdown off play action this season.