Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Feb 2016, 11:04am by Scott Kacsmar

Super Bowl 50 Preview

The Giants and Ravens set a record in Super Bowl XXXV with 21 total punts. That record may well be in jeopardy. But in this battle of top defenses, Carolina's superior and more flexible offense gives the Panthers the edge.

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43 comments, Last at 08 Feb 2016, 11:18am by Guest789

04 Feb 2016, 05:11pm by Scott Kacsmar

Solving the Peyton Playoff Puzzle: Part II

A look at the frailty of win-loss records in the playoffs, where a quarterback's legacy can swing on one play where he wasn't even involved. Includes a look at Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson.

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84 comments, Last at 24 May 2016, 7:53pm by NFLFan93

03 Feb 2016, 04:58pm by Scott Kacsmar

Solving the Peyton Playoff Puzzle: Part I

Peyton Manning has gone most of his career without a winning playoff record. In part I of II, we piece together how unparalleled consistency and bad luck have clouded one of the best playoff careers in NFL history.

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91 comments, Last at 08 Feb 2016, 1:30pm by bird jam

01 Feb 2016, 05:21am by Scott Kacsmar

Film Room: Big Pass Plays and Super Bowl 50

We looked at the big pass plays created by Carolina's offense and allowed by Denver's defense this season. Can Carolina's receivers beat Denver's man coverage? Is Cam Newton's mobility too much for Denver?

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17 comments, Last at 03 Feb 2016, 1:17am by SuperGrover

26 Jan 2016, 02:06pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Denver and Carolina Used Free Agency Well

Denver and Carolina will meet in Super Bowl 50, but it was really a five-year path for both teams to get to this point. The top two defenses in DVOA this year, each built their strongest unit with high draft picks and a few free-agent deals. In fact, Denver had 45.9 percent of its offensive and defensive snaps from free agents this season, the highest percentage for any Super Bowl team since 2006. The Panthers surprisingly come in second at 37.8 percent, but their moves were not as flashy as John Elway's big-name signings. We recap some of the team's best decisions to build these Super Bowl rosters.

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11 comments, Last at 04 Feb 2016, 10:07pm by yazilisohbet

25 Jan 2016, 12:53pm by Scott Kacsmar

Clutch Encounters: AFC Championship Game

The conclusion to Brady-Manning is an instant classic that was all about the defenses. Of all things, a missed extra point led to the most crucial two-point conversion attempt in NFL history.

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15 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2016, 12:35am by Grendel13G

22 Jan 2016, 12:20pm by Scott Kacsmar

2016 AFC Championship Preview

Brady-Manning XVII: The Final Chapter is just another game about turnovers, field position, and situational football. Should the Patriots go pass-happy against the No. 1 defense? Can a conservative Denver offense score enough?

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47 comments, Last at 24 Jan 2016, 1:53pm by Blackmallow

20 Jan 2016, 06:02pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Conference Championship DraftKings Matchups

For the degenerate gambling crowd still playing DFS, we have one more matchup column this season. Our favorites this week include Carson Palmer, Jonathan Stewart, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.

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20 Jan 2016, 03:27pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Manning's Playoff Career Worthy of More Respect

Over at ESPN Insider, a look at Tom Brady and Peyton Manning's playoff records. So often wins and losses come down to one play, and the difference between Brady's 22-8 and Manning's 12-13 is heavily determined by six specific plays where neither quarterback was even on the field: four field goals and two plays by defenders named Moore. We'll be expanding this article with a look at similar plays for other current top quarterbacks in a second article on Football Outsiders next week.

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233 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2016, 4:28pm by Eleutheria

18 Jan 2016, 04:21pm by Scott Kacsmar

Clutch Encounters: Divisional Round

Another classic finish in the desert, but does the NFL need to change the overtime system for the playoffs? Also: the Steelers test Denver's defense again, but one big turnover changed everything.

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29 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2016, 11:44am by Will Allen