Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

11 Oct 2004, 12:43am by Aaron Schatz

DVOA vs. Yards Per Point

One of the more popular statistics for rating the best NFL teams, particularly with gambling touts, is yards per point. It's come up on this site recently, particularly regarding the 2001 Patriots. Does it really recognize an offense's ability to efficiently turn drives into touchdowns, or a defense's ability to "bend but not break" by keeping points allowed down even if the other team drives down the field? How does it compare to DVOA, the play-by-play breakdown rating we use here at Football Outsiders?

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08 Oct 2004, 11:46am by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Drugs are Bad, Mmmkay

Al and Vivek celebrate "Running Backs Missing Playing Time Because of Drugs Week" with thoughts on Jamal Lewis' conviction, Ricky Williams' possible comeback attempt, and Siegfried & Roy. Plus, a Loser League Contest Update, the Scramble Mailbag and the one, the only, Keep Choppin' Wood Award. Also, because you demanded it, Scramble for the Ball is now the official Football Outsiders home for fantasy football discussion. Have any start/bench or waiver pickup questions? Post 'em here.

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07 Oct 2004, 04:59pm by Michael David Smith

Every Stat Tells a Story: Hey Nineteen

The top storyline this weekend is New England's attempt to surpass the (unofficial) NFL record of 18 straight victories, playoffs included. We're talking so much about the Patriots, however, that nobody is saying anything about the six great teams whose record may be broken. Michael David Smith has a quick primer on these teams, their best players, and the game that broke each streak, not to mention the Cuervo Gold and the fine Columbian that make tonight a wonderful thing.

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07 Oct 2004, 04:32pm by

Seventh Day Adventure: No Swiping!

It's a Mr. Mom theme in Seventh Day Adventure this week, as Russell attempts to escape Chuck E. Cheese's so he can catch the first absolute must-see Saturday of the college football season. Russell and Vinny discuss the Battle for the Jug, the Red River Shootout, and whatever you want to call the USC-Cal game (The Fredo Bowl?). Guaranteed to be the only college football column on the Internet with multiple Dora the Explorer references, not to mention some unexpected 'Dores references. Vandy is dandy, but liquor is quicker. This is also the thread to discuss all this weekend's college games.

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06 Oct 2004, 11:03am by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Chiefs' Front Seven

Is the Chiefs' front seven really as bad as it looked in the first two weeks? Or is it starting to improve? And if it is improving, is that because of Gunther Cunningham? Or did a little-noticed free agent signing make a big impact? Find out that and more in our latest installment of Every Play Counts.

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05 Oct 2004, 01:35pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 4 VOA Ratings

Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 4, along with Aaron's usual commentary for the math-o-phobic. Which teams are living up to our preseason projections, and which are not? Can looking at the past tell us anything about which teams will improve or fall apart over the course of the season? And does the win at Baltimore mean there is hope for the Kansas City Chiefs?

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04 Oct 2004, 07:18pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Back-Door Covers

Russell Levine reviews the weekend in college and pro football and offers thoughts on the agony of the back-door cover, the biggest statements of the week (other than the one made by his two year old daughter), and the whereabouts of Don Criqui. Plus, the weekly Mike Martz Award.

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04 Oct 2004, 12:04pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Look Kids: Big Ben, Parliament!

Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer are both in their first year as starting quarterbacks. Therefore, the Steelers and Bengals are both destined for losing seasons. Right? Nope. Ryan Wilson explains why a quarterback's experience may factor into team success less than you think.

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01 Oct 2004, 12:01pm by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: Off the Wagon

Vivek and Al are back to talk about the Jaguars and rethink their pre-season playoff predictions. Plus, as always, the Scramble mailbag, Best Bets, and the world famous Keep Choppin' Wood award.

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01 Oct 2004, 02:15am by Aaron Schatz

VOA Mailbag

Aaron answers your questions about VOA and our other statistics in his biweekly mailbag. Learn how many points a touchback is worth, how Kurt Warner could make our list of the top 10 passing performances since 2000 without throwing a touchdown, and what Aaron thinks of the new book Patriot Reign. Plus, a question about NFC West teams playing better at home leads to some interesting numbers about home field advantage in general.

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