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Jordan Matthews vs. Sammy Watkins: What advanced stats say heading into Week Eight

Before the season, I published a comprehensive comparison of Jordan Matthews and Sammy Watkins.

After three games, I checked in on Matthews' and Watkins' elementary and advanced statistics.

At that point, the Rams wideout led in yards per game, touchdowns, passer rating on targets and the ever-important efficiency metric yards per route run, while Buffalo's pass-catcher had a higher yards-per-reception average. The two had the exact same yards per target of 13.8.

Let's look at how the wideouts compare beyond catches, yards and touchdowns heading into Week Eight.

(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)

Jordan Matthews Sammy Watkins
10.75 yards per target 9.1 yards per target
14.3 yards per reception 14.7 yards per reception
34.4 yards per game 37.7 yards per game
1.15 yards per route run 1.27 yards per route run
136.7 passer rating on his targets 114.7 passer rating on his targets
1 touchdown 2 touchdowns

The figures between these two wideouts are very close across the board. Watkins still maintains a lead in yards per reception, yards per game and yards per route run, but he's barely ahead of Matthews in all three of those categories.

Tyrod Taylor has a higher passer rating when targeting Matthews than Jared Goff has had when targeting Watkins, and Matthews has a better yards-per-target average than Watkins.

Watkins has seen 29 targets this season. Matthews has received 16 targets.

Taking analysis of their efficiency a step further, Matthews has accounted for 11.7 percent of all of the Bills catches this year, and 14.6 percent of the team's receiving yards.

Watkins has accounted for 13.5 percent of the Rams' catches and 15.3 percent of the team's receiving yards.

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