From ESPN Analytics: Aaron Donald beats his blocker within 2.5 seconds after the snap at more than double the rate of the average NFL defensive lineman. The Rams’ superstar easily leads the league in pass rush win rate. PRWR is an ESPN metric powered by NFL Next Gen Stats.
Check out these stats on Brady:
First three weeks of the 2015 season… Brady has gotten the ball out in an average of 2.09 seconds over the course of his 133 passes this season, the fastest time since PFF began recording the stat back in 2011.
January 2017: Brady held an average of 2.53 seconds until his release Sunday, consistent with 2.52 seconds in his earlier Week 7 matchup against the Steelers and close to his season average of 2.57 seconds.
In this year’s playoffs, Brady’s average release time was 2.33 seconds against the Chargers, and 2.51 against the Chiefs.
Maybe Brady can get rid of the ball so fast, the rush won’t matter. He did throw an interception against the Chiefs on a quick toss over the middle at the goal line, so a lot of things can go wrong on quick throws.
I think the key is going to be if the Rams can shut down Edelman. It seems like that’s all New England does on big third down plays, but nobody seems to cover this guy.