Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

11 Oct 2016, 05:30pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 5 DVOA Ratings

The Minnesota Vikings reach the top spot for the first time in the history of our DVOA ratings, undefeated with a well-rounded team that plays well in all three phases.

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88 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2016, 9:28am by Kevin from Philly

07 Oct 2016, 12:05pm by Aaron Schatz

Panthers Cut Bene' Benwikere

As Bill James always pointed out, the best managers and coaches will use players in ways which accentuate their strengths and hide their weaknesses. So when you put a player in a position that accentuates his weaknesses, is it really right to blame him when it goes badly? Nobody ever said Bene' Benwikere was one of the best cornerbacks in the league. He's better suited to play the slot than the outside.

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9 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2016, 12:30pm by morganja

06 Oct 2016, 04:01pm by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: October 6

Among the topics on today's Off The Charts Podcast: How do we judge quarterbacks who are excelling despite not throwing the ball downfield often? Why is Seattle so high in DVOA such an easy early schedule? Are the Falcons for real or not? And why are the Jets so bad even though both lines are playing well? (Click for audio link.)

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1 comment, Last at 07 Oct 2016, 7:11pm by Anon Ymous

05 Oct 2016, 12:18pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Week 5 Playoff Odds

It's the new ESPN Insider feature running down our playoff odds for all 32 teams! This week, find out just how bad the AFC South is and how good the AFC West is. Plus: Why things will get tougher for the NFC East from here on.

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04 Oct 2016, 06:39pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 4 DVOA Ratings

Our ratings are topped by this year's three remaining undefeated teams plus the Seahawks and the Steelers, who shoot back up to No. 5 after dismantling Kansas City.

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88 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2016, 12:49am by Sixknots

30 Sep 2016, 03:12pm by Aaron Schatz

Premium Charting Sample: Broken Tackles

Here's a sample from our brand new Premium Charting Data, listing broken tackles by defense for the first three weeks of 2016. (Click to read more.)

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6 comments, Last at 03 Oct 2016, 11:51am by RoninX

30 Sep 2016, 01:35pm by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: September 30

On this week's Off The Charts Podcast, Aaron Schatz and guest host Joe Rosales talk about the NFL going into Week 4. How should we feel about Cincinnati after last night's win over Miami? Did the Eagles' blowout of Pittsburgh tell us more about the Eagles or the Steelers? And which team's slow start is a bigger worry: Arizona or Carolina? (Click for audio link.)

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1 comment, Last at 30 Sep 2016, 4:45pm by JRod7112

29 Sep 2016, 05:47pm by Aaron Schatz

Time to Get Pass Interference Under Control

As Greg Bedard points out here, defensive pass interference penalties are at an all-time high through three weeks. We've already had 60 DPI calls through 48 games. If DPI was a player, he would be the No. 2 receiver on the Green Bay Packers. So, what's the solution? Bedard suggests reinforcing the idea of "uncatchable" passes, making DPI reviewable, and emphasizing the word "significantly" in the phrase "significantly hinders."

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50 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2016, 2:48pm by turbohappy

28 Sep 2016, 11:33am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Week 4 Playoff Odds

Here's a new weekly feature from us at ESPN Insider. We're starting our ESPN playoff odds report earlier than past years, and giving comments about all 32 teams each week. You'll find this on Wednesdays for the first half of the year, switching to Tuesdays in the second half. We also list the five most important games of the week for impact on playoff odds; this week's most important game is Carolina at Atlanta.

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4 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2016, 10:23pm by LionInAZ

27 Sep 2016, 08:45pm by Aaron Schatz

J.J. Watt Re-Injures Back, Placed on IR

Originally reported by Ian Rapaport of NFL.com: "Texans star DL J.J. Watt has re-injured his back and is expected to be out for an extended period of time. Could be the season." Obviously there are more details to come, but this is a pretty big deal. It's hard to think of a non-quarterback who impacts a game when healthy more than Watt. He clearly hasn't been healthy this year, and a setback is the worst news Houston could get, especially if he's done for the season.

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25 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2016, 9:17am by ZDNeal