04 Nov 2016, 11:22am by Aaron Schatz
Today's ESPN Insider feature looks at which offenses are the best at "staying on schedule" by getting consistent gains and keeping favorable down-and-distance situations. Dallas, New Orleans, and Atlanta are near the top of the league, with Baltimore, Minnesota, and Seattle near the bottom.
03 Nov 2016, 03:59pm by Aaron Schatz
This week on the Off The Charts podcast we discuss whether the Patriots are the best team in the NFL and whether the Chiefs are better than anyone realizes. Plus: who are the favorites for the NFC wild cards, and which teams currently out of the top six can make a run? (Click for audio link.)
02 Nov 2016, 12:09pm by Aaron Schatz
Here is this week's playoff odds commentary on ESPN Insider, with a look at the most important games of Week 9 and the tight race for the No. 2 seed in the NFC. (Note: Link now fixed.)
01 Nov 2016, 06:53pm by Aaron Schatz
There are good explanations for why Philadelphia is still No. 1 in DVOA, and why New England isn't No. 1 yet. But there's no good explanation for why so many field goal kickers are struggling in 2016, especially on clutch kicks.
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27 Oct 2016, 02:43pm by Aaron Schatz
The subjects on this week's Off The Charts podcast include: What's going on with Detroit's three-game winning streak? Why is Philadelphia now so far ahead of the rest of the league in DVOA? And can Miami possibly ride the running game to a playoff spot, or will the lack of a passing attack eventually catch up with the Dolphins? (Click for audio link.)
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26 Oct 2016, 05:35pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's this week's rundown of the FO playoff odds on ESPN. The NFC has moved back to a big gap between the top six teams and everyone else, while in the AFC it's a race to see who can snag two wild cards and who gets left out because some lousy AFC South team has to get in.
25 Oct 2016, 06:05pm by Aaron Schatz
Just in case Sunday night did not make it clear, defense rules the NFL in 2016. The best teams in overall DVOA all combine top-five defenses with below-average offenses. The Eagles now lead the league in both defense and special teams and are back to No. 1 overall.
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23 Oct 2016, 01:48pm by Aaron Schatz
Great article by Jason Lisk over at The Big Lead. He went back with a Lexis search to show that people have been complaining about the NFL watering down its product since before the start of free agency. This is a general rule of sportswriting: the golden age was always 10 or 15 years ago.
Yes, believe it or not, there were NFL games in the 90s with lots of penalties and turnovers and sometimes bad offensive line play. And sometimes in the 80s, and 70s, and 60s.
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21 Oct 2016, 02:16pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's podcast spends a lot of time on the best division in football, the AFC West. Or is the NFC East the best division in football? Washington gets a lot of discussion this week as well. (Click for audio link)
19 Oct 2016, 05:13pm by Aaron Schatz
Our partners at Sports Info Solutions are seeking a Research and Development Associate who will work supprting their analysis of both baseball and football. (Click to read more.)