11 Oct 2006, 07:19pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's an article by our friend Ben Alamar, from the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. (For those who don't know, Ben is also the statistician quoted at length by Michael Lewis in the new book Blind Side.) For 45 years now, completion percentage and yards per attempt have gone up while interception rates have gone down. Yet NFL offenses are split between the run and the pass according to basically the same ratios as 20 years ago and even 40 yards ago. What gives?
56 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2006, 1:27pm by ABW
11 Oct 2006, 11:55am by Aaron Schatz
Fun little story about new Boston College kicker Steve Aponavicius, who will play in his first game this weekend against Virginia Tech. Not his first game of the year -- his first football game, ever.
9 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2006, 10:20am by PatsFan
10 Oct 2006, 03:29pm by Aaron Schatz
If Rex Grossman played da Packers by himself, how many points would he win by? If Brian Urlacher was battling a hurricane, who would win? What if da name of da hurricane was "Hurricane Ditka?" Plus: Am I having another heart attack? These are da questions we must ask after looking at da latest DVOA ratings. Commentary found here on FOXSports.com.
351 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2007, 11:47pm by Jeff
09 Oct 2006, 09:21pm by Aaron Schatz
The game between the Cowboys and Eagles ended up a lot closer than the personal competition between Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens. T.O. had the lowest DPAR of any receiver this week, and Drew Bledsoe had the lowest DPAR of any quarterback. So, who gets the blame? Plus: Eli Manning and Alex Smith play well, and Vince Young needs to play more shotgun.
59 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2006, 12:47am by Crushinator
09 Oct 2006, 05:34pm by Aaron Schatz
Really bad news for the Jaguars: Pro Bowl-caliber middle linebacker Mike Peterson will miss the rest of the year after tearing his pectoral muscle in yesterday's 41-0 blowout win. (The injury came early in the game, so there's no "they should have rested the starters" issue here.) The other major injury news today comes from Arizona, where Larry Fitzgerald will miss 2-5 weeks with a hamstring pull or slight tear. So much for that PFP-predicted receiving title.
18 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2006, 2:01pm by Todd S.
09 Oct 2006, 11:24am by Aaron Schatz
Regrets? I've had a few. But then again, too few to mention. (No, wait, scratch that -- I have a ton of regrets. It's YARDS that I have too few of.)
21 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2006, 2:02pm by zlionsfan
07 Oct 2006, 10:42pm by Aaron Schatz
For those who need to make the Eagles-Cowboys game more entertaining, Football Outsiders can help! (Click link to read more.)
07 Oct 2006, 09:43pm by Aaron Schatz
In this week's game previews: the actual game hidden behind the T.O. hype, and Pittsburgh vs. San Diego in a rematch of one of the best games of 2005.
43 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2006, 9:47pm by Justin Zeth
06 Oct 2006, 10:55pm by Aaron Schatz
Aaron Schatz takes an early look at the NFL’s newest statistic. (Click link to read more.)
06 Oct 2006, 10:50pm by Aaron Schatz
Has 2006 been the year of the turnover? Aaron Schatz answers one reader's question. (Click link to read.)