05 Oct 2016, 12:18pm by Aaron Schatz
It's the new ESPN Insider feature running down our playoff odds for all 32 teams! This week, find out just how bad the AFC South is and how good the AFC West is. Plus: Why things will get tougher for the NFC East from here on.
04 Oct 2016, 06:39pm by Aaron Schatz
Our ratings are topped by this year's three remaining undefeated teams plus the Seahawks and the Steelers, who shoot back up to No. 5 after dismantling Kansas City.
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30 Sep 2016, 03:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a sample from our brand new Premium Charting Data, listing broken tackles by defense for the first three weeks of 2016. (Click to read more.)
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30 Sep 2016, 01:35pm by Aaron Schatz
On this week's Off The Charts Podcast, Aaron Schatz and guest host Joe Rosales talk about the NFL going into Week 4. How should we feel about Cincinnati after last night's win over Miami? Did the Eagles' blowout of Pittsburgh tell us more about the Eagles or the Steelers? And which team's slow start is a bigger worry: Arizona or Carolina? (Click for audio link.)
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29 Sep 2016, 05:47pm by Aaron Schatz
As Greg Bedard points out here, defensive pass interference penalties are at an all-time high through three weeks. We've already had 60 DPI calls through 48 games. If DPI was a player, he would be the No. 2 receiver on the Green Bay Packers. So, what's the solution? Bedard suggests reinforcing the idea of "uncatchable" passes, making DPI reviewable, and emphasizing the word "significantly" in the phrase "significantly hinders."
50 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2016, 2:48pm by turbohappy
28 Sep 2016, 11:33am by Aaron Schatz
Here's a new weekly feature from us at ESPN Insider. We're starting our ESPN playoff odds report earlier than past years, and giving comments about all 32 teams each week. You'll find this on Wednesdays for the first half of the year, switching to Tuesdays in the second half. We also list the five most important games of the week for impact on playoff odds; this week's most important game is Carolina at Atlanta.
4 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2016, 10:23pm by LionInAZ
27 Sep 2016, 08:45pm by Aaron Schatz
Originally reported by Ian Rapaport of NFL.com: "Texans star DL J.J. Watt has re-injured his back and is expected to be out for an extended period of time. Could be the season." Obviously there are more details to come, but this is a pretty big deal. It's hard to think of a non-quarterback who impacts a game when healthy more than Watt. He clearly hasn't been healthy this year, and a setback is the worst news Houston could get, especially if he's done for the season.
25 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2016, 9:17am by ZDNeal
27 Sep 2016, 07:41pm by Aaron Schatz
Philadelphia opens a bigger lead in our ratings, one of a number of top teams being driven primarily by defense in the early part of 2016.
93 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2016, 3:16pm by gusto
23 Sep 2016, 03:14pm by Aaron Schatz
OK, this is kind of nuts. Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett apparently tore a ligament in his right thumb during the second half of last night's 27-0 win over Houston, when Vince Wilfork fell on him in the third quarter. There seems to be disagreement among reporters about how bad the injury is, with Mike Petraglia of WEEI reporting that Brissett needs surgery but Ian Rapoport of NFL.com saying the injury may not be bad enough to keep Brissett out in Week 4.
86 comments, Last at 28 Sep 2016, 11:12am by Noah Arkadia
22 Sep 2016, 03:10pm by Aaron Schatz
In this week's edition of the Off The Charts podcast: What is Minnesota's future like given all their injuries? What's going on with Aaron Rodgers? And is San Diego's hot start sustainable? (Click for audio link.)