Rams middle linebacker Alec Ogletree was given the highest pass-rush productivity rating by Pro Football Focus of any inside linebacker through Week 7. The site's pass-rush productivity rating measures pressure tallied on a per-snap basis, giving "an indication of a player's production in the pass-rush that goes beyond just sack-total and pressure rate."
Through seven games, PFF rates Ogletree as particularly efficient as a rusher. Overall, he was given a pass-rush productivity rating of 28.2 — six points higher than the next linebacker on the list. According to the site, Ogletree has rushed the passer on 39 of his 250 passing snaps. In that time he has produced two sacks, three hits, and nine hurries — the highest of any inside linebacker in the league.
In Sunday's shutout of the Cardinals, Ogletree led the defense to one of its best performances yet, as the unit held Arizona to just 193 yards and 10 first downs. The former Georgia standout recorded three combined tackles, one pass deflection, and one quarterback hit — a decisive blow to quarterback Carson Palmer forcing an errant throw that was picked off by safety Lamarcus Joyner.
"It was definitely a big play, one of many big plays we had tonight," Ogletree said on Sunday. "We try to take advantage of our opportunities to make plays and create turnovers to get our offense the ball back. When we do that it brings a lot of energy and confidence to the team and you're able to keep the energy going, just keep things going in your favor."