Most NFL teams have now played six games, which means we are more than one-third of the way through the 2021 regular season. Six games is still a rather small sample size, but it's enough action to look at some early trends around the league. Some things in the NFL are just as we expected, but other metrics have given us surprising results so far in 2021.
Aaron Rodgers is struggling with passing under pressure, Tom Brady looks to be improving against the blitz, and the Cowboys' offense in the red zone is suboptimal. Did you know the Eagles are the most-penalized team in the league? Or that the Seahawks have just one dropped pass this season? What do these stats mean for teams going forward? It could be something, or it could be a mirage that requires a bigger sample -- but it certainly is interesting.
Below, we explore these topics and look at surprising trends for each of the NFC teams (in alphabetical order) using a mix of stats from Football Outsiders and ESPN Stats & Information, then explain what it means for the rest of the season. Next week, we'll do the same for the AFC.