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Best D-Line in Pack History – 2005 vs. 2017, Week 9 Comparison

2005 wins for the third week in a row

Clemson v North Carolina State
Chubb and his line mates unable to deliver
Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Another week . . . another 2005 victory . . . and they further padded their lead in some key metrics. For those of you scoring at home, 2005 has taken the weekly victory lead (5-4) with its third “win” in a row.

NOTE: Neither John McCargo nor DeMarcus “Tank” Tyler suited up in Week 9, I replaced them in the metrics analysis with Martrel Brown and Renaldo Moses. Both were key contributors in 2005, but not top 5 D-Linemen otherwise.

Week 9 Individual Stats:

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2005 Solo Assists Total TFL Sacks
2005 Solo Assists Total TFL Sacks
Williams 4 0 4 0 0
Lawson 0 3 3 4.5 2
Brown 1 2 3 0.5 0
Pressley 1 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 6 5 11 5 2
2017 Solo Assists Total TFL Sacks
Chubb 3 5 8 1.5 0
Street 0 1 1 0 0
Hill 0 7 7 0 0
Roseboro 1 3 4 0 0
TOTAL 4 16 20 1.5 0

Although 2017 had to defend seven less rushes, they made nine more tackles overall. However, 2005 won the battle of the “flashy” stats: TFLs (5 to 1.5) and Sacks (2 to 0) . . . Not since the South Carolina opener has 2017 gone sackless.

Week 9 Team Stats:

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STAT 2005 2017
STAT 2005 2017
Rushes 42 35
Yards 150 224
YPC 3.57 6.4
Rush TDs 3 3

Both lines gave up 3 rushing TDs (neither line gave up 3 rushing TDs in any game in the first 8 weeks). With that stat neutralized, the other major metric is YPC, which 2005 won by a wide margin (3.57 to 6.40). The 6.40 YPC surrendered by 2017 was by far their worst performance of the season, which came on the heels of their second-worst performance last week at 5.89 YPC.

Week 9 Cumulative Stats:

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2005 Wk1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Wk5 Wk6 Wk7 Wk8 Wk9 TOTAL
2005 Wk1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Wk5 Wk6 Wk7 Wk8 Wk9 TOTAL
Solo Tkl 7 2 8 2 7 17 9 6 5 63
Assist Tkl 15 5 19 10 11 4 10 8 3 85
Total Tkl 22 7 27 12 18 21 19 14 8 148
TFL 3 5 8.5 1.5 4 8 7.5 4.5 4.5 46.5
Sacks 1 0 4 0 0 3 5 3 2 18
Rushes 41 31 49 38 41 49 31 23 42 345
Yards 124 48 144 164 243 85 69 43 150 1070
YPC 3.02 1.55 2.94 4.32 5.93 1.73 2.23 1.87 3.57 3.1
Rush TDs 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 3 10
2017 Wk1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Wk5 Wk6 Wk7 Wk8 Wk9 TOTAL
Solo Tkl 3 9 13 8 9 5 13 10 4 74
Assist Tkl 9 4 16 4 21 12 2 7 16 91
Total Tkl 12 13 29 12 30 17 15 17 20 165
TFL 3.5 3 3.5 4 7.5 4.5 4 5 1.5 36.5
Sacks 0 1 3 4 3 3 1 2 0 17
Rushes 21 25 47 26 30 29 32 54 35 299
Yards 61 101 133 104 59 116 95 318 224 1211
YPC 2.9 4.04 2.83 4 1.97 4 2.97 5.89 6.4 4.05
Rush TDs 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 2 3 11

Although 2017 leads in total tackles, 2005 leads in every other key measure . . . more sacks, way more TFLs, less rushing TDs allowed, and almost a full yard less YPC permitted.

Summary

Let’s first look at opponent’s strength. Certainly, you have to give the nod to 2017 as they played #4 Clemson, the defending National Champs . . . but although Boston College was not ranked when we played them, they were ranked for most of the season and finished #17 in the final Coaches Poll with a record of 9-3 (5-3) . . . with two of their three losses coming against #3 Virginia Tech and #8 Florida State . . . definitely no slouch.

Nostalgia break: The Eagles were coached by none other than Tom O’Brien – you may have heard of him.

In the all-important, who-wins stat, both came up short, as BC crushed 2005 in Chestnut Hill to the tune of 30-10, dropping State to a record of 4-5 (2-5), while Clemson won a close one 38-31 in Carter-Finley.

Week 9 saw 2005 win the YPC, TFL, and Sack categories while 2017 won in total tackles. 2005 also extended its lead in almost every key stat.

The scales have tipped in favor of 2005 in this season-long competition. We shall see if 2017 can rise to the challenge, as we head down the home stretch.

Week 10 Sneak Preview

In an unusual scheduling quirk, 2005 faces a non-conference opponent in Middle Tennessee State and delivers a dominating performance.

2017 confronts a Boston College team that has found its offensive mojo and will be rested coming out of a bye week. They will have a difficult time matching the stats produced by 2005.