One of the more fantastic plays (and most talked-about) plays in the Philadelphia Eagles' Week 12 win over the Buffalo Bills occurred during the first possession in overtime. Defensive tackle Jordan Davis was in pursuit of Josh Allen and forced him out of bounds to prevent a first-down conversion.
Next Gen Stats clocked Davis' top speed at 16.69 mph. Sure, we all saw him run the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds at the 2022 NFL Combine. It was an incredible feat for a guy who weighs over 330 pounds.
His most recent dash was even more incredible seeing as how this moment came late in the game when just about every player on the field was gassed. We had asked about Davis' conditioning when we first met him. He was asked to play more snaps than normal with both Milton Williams and Fletcher Cox forced out of the game because of injury.
All that is interesting, but we ask another question…
What would it feel like to be hit by a 335-pound Jordan Davis if he is running towards you at 17 miles per hour?
Living in the present day has its advantages. Non-math guys who went to college and failed their calculus classes like myself have tools available to help us understand numbers and figure out answers. Ladies and gentlemen, we'd like to introduce you to ChatGPT.
Here are a few numbers to mull over: The average human can run 10 mph. Let's just use a regular-sized 200-pounder for the sake of this discussion (200 pounds isn't overweight regardless of what your family tells you at Thanksgiving). Google tells us that Jordan Davis weighs 335 pounds. He reached a top speed of 16.96 mph on Sunday night.
We asked the Artificial Intelligence a question. "If I'm running 10 mph and I weigh 200 pounds, calculate the force generated from getting hit by Jordan Davis who is running 16.96 mph if he weighs 335 pounds.”. Here's what AI told us.
The force of that hit would be the Kinetic Energy (KE) of Davis minus our Kinetic Energy.
After doing some calculations for an equation that it gave me, 9,623.95 - 1,998.09, it was determined that the force behind that collision would be 7,625.86 Newtons. Now, here's the thing. Newtons don’t mean anything to us, so we had the AI convert that into pounds of force to make things a little more practical.
As it turns out 7,625.86 Newtons is 1716.36 pounds of force. Well, that also doesn’t mean anything to us. So, we asked AI other questions. “What are five specific real-world examples of this? What it would be like to get hit with 1716.36 pounds of force in the chest?”
Admittedly, it probably wasn't the best idea to have a robot's mind describe how to injure a human, but this was for science. Sometimes you have to cross the line. Here are the answers we were given. Here's what it's like to be run over by Jordan Davis if he's running at just under 17 miles per hour:
1. Experiencing the full force of an airbag deployment in a head-on collision at highway speeds. Okay, that’s a little alarming that they went straight to the car crash thing given the fact that we have cars that can drive themselves now, but that's still a very good description.
2. Being struck directly in the chest by a swinging wrecking ball weighing around 800 pounds. This is cartoonish. Literally. We’ve been seeing Wile E. Coyote get smashed with wrecking balls for as long as we've been living.
3. Falling from a height of about 15 feet and landing chest-first on a hard surface. If you’re having a hard time picturing this, just imagine someone trying to belly-flop into a pool off of a roof, but missing the pool entirely.
4. A frontal collision at approximately 30 miles per hour, one where you're not wearing a seatbelt, in a mid-sized sedan. Getting hit by Jordan Davis is the same as driving your Honda Accord a little over the speed limit in a neighborhood and hitting a house. The problem is you did so without your seatbelt, of course. Please wear your seatbelt.
5. Taking a direct punch to the chest from a professional heavyweight boxer during a title match. The coolest thing in the world would be having your size and speed be compared to Tyson Fury’s punches. Jordan Davis is the coolest and the closest example we'd have of knowing what that feels like.
So, in closing...
If there are any scientific people out there who can either confirm or deny whether the math that’s been done here is correct, please let us know. Hopefully, this has been helpful to you, in some smart yet incredibly dumb kind of way. One thing is for sure: Jordan Davis is a behemoth.