Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Feb 2014, 02:07pm by Aaron Schatz

SITE NEWS: 2014 Playoff Challenge Winner!

Congratulations to reader Douglas Daley of Haymarket, Virginia, who won our 2014 Playoff Challenge with his team "dougied." He'll get a free copy of next season's KUBIAK projections and FOA 2014.

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6 comments, Last at 07 Feb 2014, 11:18am by ooter

04 Feb 2014, 01:33pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Madden Ultimate Team for Super Bowl XLVIII

Yes, there will be Football Outsiders Madden Ultimate Team elite players for the Super Bowl, in packs this weekend. They are:

  • Cliff Avril (RE, 95 OVR): Two hurries according to ESPN Stats & Information, plus two QB hits and a pass defensed.
  • Doug Baldwin (WR, 95 OVR): led all WR with 48 DYAR this week, catching 5-of-5 targets for 66 yards and a TD.
  • Kam Chancellor (Limited Edition SS, 98 OVR): Six plays tackling receivers short of a first down, plus interception.

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31 Jan 2014, 02:11am by Aaron Schatz

Super Bowl XLVIII Preview

Denver's offense vs. Seattle's defense is a legendary matchup for the ages. But Seattle's offense vs. Denver's defense is the matchup that will probably decide this game, and the Seahawks have the advantage of being better and healthier.

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77 comments, Last at 04 Feb 2014, 11:24am by The Ancient Mariner

27 Jan 2014, 11:32am by Aaron Schatz

REMINDER: Change in Comment and Registration Policies

Beginning next Monday, Football Outsiders will require readers to be logged in as registered site users in order to comment in discussion threads. (Click to read more.)

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23 Jan 2014, 05:00pm by Aaron Schatz

Cleveland Browns Hire Mike Pettine as Head Coach

Look, kids, Cleveland has a head coach! It's former Bills and Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Pettine helped take the Bills defense from 27th in DVOA in 2012 to fourth in 2013, and the Cleveland defensive personnel would seem to be a great fit for Pettine's aggressive hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense. Barkevious Mingo is going to go nuts. Whether Pettine has the CEO-like skills required of a head coach, and whether he can hire a useful offensive coordinator, I have no clue.

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20 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2014, 6:54pm by LionInAZ

20 Jan 2014, 02:57pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 20 DVOA Ratings

Fun with chalk: The top two teams in DVOA make the Super Bowl for the first time since 2002 and only the third time since 1989.

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137 comments, Last at 19 Nov 2014, 9:06pm by ttgiang883

19 Jan 2014, 03:45pm by Aaron Schatz

FO on the Betting Dork Podcast

I did an annual appearance on the Betting Dork podcast last week in between working on playoff previews and dealing with my usual nonsense. We didn't do much on the conference championships, but talked a bit about futures for 2014, Twitter criticism, and the limits of both stat analysis and all-22 footage.

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17 Jan 2014, 06:50pm by Aaron Schatz

2014 NFC Championship Preview

The secret to this year's NFC Championship game is that the Seattle defense played like more than the sum of its parts this year ... and the San Francisco defense played like a bit less than the sum of its parts.

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45 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2014, 3:58pm by LionInAZ

15 Jan 2014, 06:01pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Reader Awards Preliminary Thread

Hey everybody. Almost time for those FO reader awards, and I've got a bit of a problem this year. Well, two problems, and I was hoping you could all help out. (Click to read more.)

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178 comments, Last at 23 Jan 2014, 5:10pm by Duke

14 Jan 2014, 02:03pm by Aaron Schatz

Detroit Lions Hire Jim Caldwell Head Coach

Yeah, I'm not getting this one. We know that Caldwell made some decisions that helped turn around the Baltimore Ravens offense last year, which in turn helped lead to their Super Bowl run. However, that same offense then collapsed this year -- on the run, they collapsed so completely that they had one of the worst running games of all time. Caldwell went to a Super Bowl with the Colts, but we all agree he basically was carried there by Peyton Manning and all the leftover talent from the Dungy era, right?

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91 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2014, 7:05pm by Alexander