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04 Feb 2005, 12:25pm by Aaron Schatz

Football Fans Likely Don't Know League's Most-Coveted Stats

Carl Bialik of the Wall Street Journal discusses the statistical revolution in the NFL and makes clear what I've been saying for two years now. Football stats are the opposite of baseball stats -- the teams are far, far ahead of the journalists and fans when it comes to intricate analysis. After reading some of the numbers Carl quotes about missed tackles and "poor-throw percentages," I went outside and smashed up my car with a baseball bat to try to work out my frustration. FO could be so much better if we had access to information like this.

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04 Feb 2005, 01:43am by Aaron Schatz

Super Bowl XXXIX Preview

The New England Patriots have shut down the unstoppable Colts and walked all over the impenetrable Steelers. Now the Philadelphia Eagles will attempt to stand astride their march towards history, yelling "Stop." With help from Michael David Smith’s tape analysis, added notes from resident Eagles fan Mike Tanier, injury analysis from Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus, and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews Super Bowl XXXIX.

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03 Feb 2005, 11:06am by Aaron Schatz

Ranking the All-Time Great WR

Doug Drinen is overflowing with neat ideas like a science fair volcano filled with baking soda. Drinen, for those who do not know the name, has done a lot of fantasy-oriented stat analysis and was one of the inspirations behind the creation of Football Outsiders. All week long he's posting football articles at the baseball blog Sabermonics, including the secrets behind the squares contest and a look at whether Super Bowl experience helps you win the Super Bowl (not really).

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02 Feb 2005, 11:48pm by Aaron Schatz

Dr. Z's Positional Breakdown

One of my favorite Super Bowl traditions, the Dr. Z "arrow points one way or the other" positional breakdown. Dr. Z does a very good job this year of going past just the starting eleven on each side, although on defense he's stuck trying to line a 3-4 up against a 4-3. I can't really quibble with his picks, with one exception, but you all know my feelings on the Vinatieri vs. Akers issue regarding kickoffs.

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01 Feb 2005, 01:40pm by Aaron Schatz

The 2004 TMQ Non-QB Non-RB MVP

Gregg Easterbrook gives out his coveted award with shoutouts to both Michael David Smith and myself. The award goes to a New England Patriots player, but those who feel I'm a Patriots homer will be surprised to see the two runners-up suggested by Football Outsiders. Plus, TMQ's pre-Super Bowl analysis, and more on the new Arizona Cardinals logo.

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01 Feb 2005, 01:00pm by Aaron Schatz

VOA Mailbag

It's time for another edition of our mailbag, where Aaron answers your questions related to VOA and other statistics from Football Outsiders. This week: Does DVOA give any value to blocking? Why were defense-oriented teams so bad this year compared to years past? Which correlates better with a team's actual record: Pythagorean wins or estimated wins? Plus, DVOA for every game of the 2004 playoffs.

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31 Jan 2005, 03:30pm by Aaron Schatz

Every Super Bowl QB Ranked 1-80

Yowza, it's Football Outsiders day at ESPN Page 2. First, check out this ranking of 80 different Super Bowl quarterbacks based on a complicated statistical formula that takes into account passing, rushing, era, opposing defense, and even clutch second half performance. It all comes out with three Joe Montana games in the top ten and a somewhat surprising number one.

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31 Jan 2005, 03:28pm by Aaron Schatz

The Most Dominant NFL Playoff Runs

More from today's attempted takeover of ESPN Page 2, thwarted only by the fact that there are eight -- EIGHT! -- new Page 2 articles today, and the fact that I am not Bill Simmons. This Sunday, we will not only watch the New England Patriots attempt to stake their claim as a great NFL dynasty, we're also going to watch them attempt to complete one of the most dominant playoff runs of all time. Which teams had the greatest marches to the Super Bowl title? Plus, can you name the only team that beat three 12-win teams in one postseason?

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31 Jan 2005, 12:23pm by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: At All Cost

This week, Peter King tells the story of Jack Youngblood, who played in the 1980 Super Bowl on a broken leg. He says this means Terrell Owens is playing. Yes, but playing well? Peter also looks at the amazingly strong market for assistant coaches and says something about coffee.

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29 Jan 2005, 07:12pm by Aaron Schatz

Brett Favre Excuse-o-Matic

I wouldn't watch this cartoon if you are a) a Green Bay fan, b) at work, or c) John Madden. For everybody else, it is funny as hell. Although I wonder if the Tampa Bay fan pictured at the bar is aware that his team is in a different division now... (Hat tip: Off Wing Opinion)

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