Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Sep 2016, 09:39am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: How to End the Aaron Rodgers Slump

At ESPN Insider, we looked at the very real 14-game slump Aaron Rodgers has had dating back to last season. History shows for a great quarterback in his prime, this type of slump is most unusual, and it usually takes a change of health, scenery or a new head coach to snap out of it. For Rodgers, a new coach may be the only realistic option, and that just so happens to be the same change Brett Favre needed in Green Bay to get back to playing at a high level.

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3 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2016, 8:49pm by ramirez

21 Sep 2016, 09:56am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 3 DFS Matchups

A recap of Week 2 in DFS. At ESPN Insider, some of our favorite Week 3 DFS matchups include Marcus Mariota, Melvin Gordon, Kenny Britt and Dennis Pitta. Also: does Coby Fleener just suck?

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20 Sep 2016, 03:06pm by Scott Kacsmar

Clutch Encounters: Week 2

A Detroit collapse is also Tennessee's biggest rally in a decade. Also: Is Kirk Cousins really to blame for Washington's slow start, and did Tyler Boyd really fumble in Pittsburgh?

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43 comments, Last at 22 Sep 2016, 4:21pm by PatsFan

14 Sep 2016, 05:29pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 2 DFS Matchups

A recap of our Week 1 fantasy picks. At ESPN Insider, some of our favorite Week 2 DFS matchups include Matthew Stafford, C.J. Anderson, Sterling Shepard and Gary Barnidge. We are fading T.Y. Hilton and everything Seattle related, except the DST. The top stack of the week is Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.

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13 Sep 2016, 03:02pm by Scott Kacsmar

Clutch Encounters: Week 1

Jack Del Rio's 2-point decision nips the Saints. Also: Matthew Stafford gets the ball last this time against Andrew Luck, the biggest comeback in Kansas City history, a lot of missed field goals, and some sad fourth-down ALEX.

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65 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2016, 3:12am by Winterguard78

10 Sep 2016, 03:05pm by Scott Kacsmar

FO Interviews Jamal Anderson

The 1998 Falcons were one of the biggest surprise Super Bowl teams of the DVOA era. Scott Kacsmar interviews Jamal Anderson, Atlanta's record-setting back, to discuss that legendary turnaround, the "Dirty Bird," and the Curse of 370.

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4 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2016, 5:52pm by Raiderjoe

09 Sep 2016, 10:48am by Scott Kacsmar

Clutch Encounters: CAR-DEN

The first game of 2016 ended much like the last game of the 2015 season. We look at how instrumental Trevor Siemian was (or wasn't) in the 10-point comeback, as well as the game management that doomed Carolina in the fourth quarter.

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10 comments, Last at 11 Sep 2016, 6:52pm by reasonet

08 Sep 2016, 05:56pm by Scott Kacsmar

Scott Kacsmar's 2016 NFL Predictions

Scott Kacsmar makes his 2016 predictions, noting where he specifically agrees and disagrees with the FO projections.

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5 comments, Last at 11 Sep 2016, 12:05pm by galactic_dev

07 Sep 2016, 06:23pm by Scott Kacsmar

The NFL Has an Age Problem

If you think the NFL product has been lacking in recent years, you are not alone. Just consider the age of the players. Kevin Clark of The Ringer has an interesting piece on the concern of more young players entering the league, fewer older players making rosters, and what effect that can have on the fundamentals of football. Our snap-weighted age metric is mentioned as the average age of rosters has gradually decreased from 27.2 in 2006 to a record-low 26.6 in 2015. There is also an interesting story of Baltimore coach John Harbaugh approaching DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFLPA, at Tray Walker's funeral in March to express his dismay with the NFL's current rules for offseason contact between coaches and players.

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65 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2016, 7:02am by Theo

07 Sep 2016, 11:01am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Week 1 DFS Matchups

This year's DFS columns at ESPN Insider will not focus on DraftKings salaries like last year, but will be more general while still focusing on DVOA-adjusted matchups. In Week 1, some of our favorites include Tajae Sharpe, Dak Prescott, Spencer Ware, Jared Cook and Russell Wilson. We're fading a lot of the 2015 injury returnees such as Andrew Luck, Jordy Nelson and Jimmy Graham.

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