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07 Jul 2017, 01:24pm by Aaron Schatz

GM Genius: Teaching Critical Thinking with Fantasy Football

PSA: The How I Decide Foundation, an educational nonprofit focused on youth decision-making, is launching GM Genius, a national college scholarship competition and learning platform based on fantasy football for the 2017 NFL season. Leveraging the tremendous popularity of fantasy football among teens, the competition includes animated videos that teach key decision-making and critical thinking concepts. Students ages 13 to 19 can compete to win $25,000 in college scholarships, weekly prizes, and matching grants for their schools. To learn more or to sign up, go to www.gmgenius.com.

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30 Jun 2017, 11:25pm by Aaron Schatz

SITE NEWS: Important Message About FO Premium Subscriptions for 2017

An important message about the status of the various FO Premium products in 2017. (Click to read more.)

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24 Jun 2017, 03:36pm by Aaron Schatz

Oral History of NFL Europe

You may miss this on the ESPN website, but here's a really fun oral history of NFL Europe, ten years after it played it's last game. Some discussion of just how weird it was trying to put on American football games overseas, how excited the fans got, and what it did for young players looking to get game reps.

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23 Jun 2017, 03:50pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Best QB, RB, WR, TE Seasons of Last 30 Years

The final part of this week's big 30-year DVOA retrospective is a look at the best individual seasons using DVOA (for quarterbacks) and DYAR (for running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends).

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22 Jun 2017, 12:01pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 30 Best Teams of the Last 30 Years

If you are a regular Football Outsiders reader, you already know that the No. 1 team is the 1991 Washington Redskins, the only team to appear on all three of our previous top 30 lists. Adding the postseason to these ratings just increases their dominance. Including postseason DVOA also moves up the 1988 and 1989 49ers, 1992 Cowboys, and 2000 Ravens, while moving down great teams that suffered playoff upset losses such as the 1987 49ers and 2010 Patriots. The next challenge for the 1991 Redskins comes sometime in the next year or two, when we finish up DVOA for the 1984 49ers and 1985 Bears.

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22 Jun 2017, 11:55am by Aaron Schatz

Derek Carr Signs Five-Year, $125 Million Extension

The best-paid player in the NFL is never the best player in the NFL. It's the good quarterback who most recently needed a new contract. That's now Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders, who has signed a five-year, $125 million extension. We have a lot of arguments around here about how good Carr is. But it's hard to argue with the idea that Derek Carr is an above-average NFL starting quarterback, even if you think he's 14th or 15th instead of an MVP candidate. (Click to read more.)

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21 Jun 2017, 12:23pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 30 Best Special Teams of the Last 30 Years

Part three of our feature on the greatest teams of the DVOA era looks at the best special teams units since 1987. Seven of the top 30 were coached in some way by Dave Toub, who worked for the Chicago Bears in the 2000s and works for the Kansas City Chiefs today. Other teams with multiple appearances on this list include New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Cleveland. Tomorrow, we'll look at the top 30 teams overall, and we finish up Friday with top individual seasons.

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20 Jun 2017, 03:01pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 30 Best Defenses of the Last 30 Years

Today we have part two of our weeklong feature looking at the best teams of the DVOA era, going back to 1987. This is our list of the top defenses, chock full of Ravens and Steelers teams but topped by the legendary -- especially to Football Outsiders readers -- 1991 Philadelphia Eagles.

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19 Jun 2017, 01:15pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 30 Best Offenses of the Last 30 Years

We've got a huge historical feature on ESPN Insider all week: Football Outsiders' own version of "30 for 30." Since we now have 30 years of DVOA ratings, we can count down the top 30 teams in DVOA history. Today, we start things off with the top 30 offenses. That means a lot of Patriots, Colts, and 49ers teams... and more Chiefs than you expect. One big change with this countdown is that we've incorporated the playoffs, which will boost teams such as the 1989 49ers and 1990 Bills that went on big postseason runs against tough competition. (Click to read more.)

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12 Jun 2017, 05:03pm by Aaron Schatz

Ravens Sign Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin signed with Baltimore today, a team which badly needed a No. 1 receiver. That seems like a good reason to link to this film piece by our old pal Doug Farrar arguing that Maclin's still got it despite his depressed numbers from 2016. The Ravens hope he'll be healthy and recovered from last year's groin injury. He may seem like he's been around forever, but he's still only 29.

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