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10 Dec 2013, 07:47pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 14 DVOA Ratings

This week's DVOA commentary is all about worsts. Come find out where Washington stands among the worst special teams in DVOA history, whether San Diego has the biggest gap between offense and defense, and whether Baltimore or Jacksonville has the worst running game we've ever tracked.

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133 comments, Last at 16 Dec 2013, 4:04pm by Sporran

10 Dec 2013, 12:06pm by Aaron Schatz

Lavonte David's Quietly Huge Year

Don't look now, but Bucs linebacker Lavonte David is actually within range of the record for Defeats set just last year by J.J. Watt.

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19 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2014, 6:42pm by longchamp v

05 Dec 2013, 11:09pm by Aaron Schatz

Allow Coaches to Challenge Everything?

Bill Belichick asked in his Tuesday conference call with reporters: Why not allow coaches to challenge any call they want, including penalties? It's an interesting idea. I would certainly like to see DPI as reviewable, given how many games turn on those big gains. Belichick's point is that if you still allow coaches only two challenges, allowing them to challenge a wider variety of calls won't lead to chaos, because there still are only two challenges. (Well, three if you get the first two right.)

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71 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2014, 3:10am by Cheap Pandora Beads

05 Dec 2013, 01:29pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN Upset Watch: Panthers over Saints

Shocking as it may sound, it is in fact possible for New Orleans to lose a game at home. But the Panthers will need to switch up their offensive philosophy and go counter-intuitive: pass on first down, run on second and third. Cover Watch looks at St. Louis and Arizona.

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7 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2014, 6:51am by Cheap Kids Hats

03 Dec 2013, 06:20pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 13 DVOA Ratings

Seattle's dominant win over New Orleans strengthens their lead in the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings. Plus, a look at recent improvements for the Eagles and Jaguars, and historically strong run defense for the Lions and Jets.

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229 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2013, 6:26pm by DisplacedPackerFan

29 Nov 2013, 12:09pm by Aaron Schatz

Thank You, Dr. Z. Yours Truly, Everybody.

Our friend Doug Farrar pays tribute to Paul Zimmerman with the help of Peter King, Mike Silver, and Mike Tanier.

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23 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2013, 10:56am by PatsFan

28 Nov 2013, 01:52pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN Upset Watch: Steelers over Ravens

How can the Steelers beat the Ravens on the road and put themselves into pole position for the sixth AFC playoff spot? Cover Watch looks at another divisional rivalry, the Rams and 49ers.

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2 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2014, 11:04am by UGG Ballet Flats

26 Nov 2013, 06:27pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 12 DVOA Ratings

For the first time since Week 4, we've got a new team on top of the DVOA ratings. Plus: Don't cry, Case Keenum; your terrible loss to Jacksonville may give Houston the chance to draft your replacement.

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106 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2014, 10:51am by Coach Outlet Store Online

26 Nov 2013, 12:56pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL: A Peek into the Future

Our own Robert Weintraub has an article over at Sports on Earth looking into how the NFL might change by 2020. Some of it is tongue-in-cheek, but some of it is serious. I definitely would not be surprised to see some sort of "Accu-Spotter" system, or an attempt to put limits on the work schedules of coaches. I doubt there will be an upstart seven-on-seven league, but I do think that rules to limit hitting won't destroy football's popularity because at this point fans are more interested in speed than violence. (They may be more interested in spectacle than either.)

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14 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2013, 9:06am by In_Belichick_We_Trust

21 Nov 2013, 03:35pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN Upset Watch: Jets over Ravens

This week's Upset Watch looks at how the inconsistent Jets can beat the inconsistent Ravens on the road. Cover Watch points out once again how bad Houston has been this year, despite the fact that Jacksonville has been even worse.

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12 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2013, 9:22pm by AudacityOfHoops