31 Jan 2017, 12:32am by Aaron Schatz
An unstoppable offense led by the MVP. A dynasty seeking one more title. That's not just the recipe for Super Bowl LI. It was also the recipe for Super Bowl XXIII. Now the Bengals, 49ers, and all of 1988 have been fully analyzed for DVOA ratings.
113 comments, Last at 06 Feb 2017, 3:26pm by JoeyHarringtonsPiano
30 Jan 2017, 04:35pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey everyone! The 14th annual Football Outsiders Reader Awards are now open for voting. This is our chance to find out who the FO readers think should be MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, and more. We poll on overrated and underrated players (based on the Pro Bowl) and which ads you found the most entertaining and annoying during games this year. We've also got a special question this year to find out which young quarterback the FO readers prefer. Please vote before Saturday afternoon!
28 Jan 2017, 02:31pm by Aaron Schatz
I finally wrote a full article on one of my favorite topics, "hidden rings." This is an all-star team of players who you may not know won the Super Bowl because they didn't do it with the team they are historically associated with. I get to discuss many all-time greats including Lomas Brown, Hacksaw Reynolds, Larry Centers, and of course Bernie Kosar. Best of all, unlike most FO content on ESPN, this article is not on Insider. It's free!
15 comments, Last at 31 Jan 2017, 4:10am by MC2
28 Jan 2017, 02:26pm by Aaron Schatz
Special podcast appearance here on The Ringer NFL Show, discussing the Super Bowl LI matchups with Robert Mays. Hear Greg Cosell give his breakdown as well! And of course, we'll have even more breakdown next week with our own Off The Charts Podcast.
27 Jan 2017, 02:47pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, that sucks. It's been rumored, as Bridgewater's injury apparently has an 18-month average recovery timeframe. The guy is going to be a free agent in 2018 having not played for two years. Ugh. By the way, this is a video rather than article, so just be aware when clicking. You can discuss below without watching video.
25 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2017, 11:08am by ChrisS
20 Jan 2017, 06:52pm by Aaron Schatz
"Last team with the ball wins" is a cliche, but sometimes cliches are the best way to get across the central narrative of an important game. If you like great quarterback play, you have to watch the NFC Championship Game.
32 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2017, 1:08pm by medelste
20 Jan 2017, 12:23pm by Aaron Schatz
Surprising news out of Baltimore, where linebacker Zach Orr is retiring from the NFL after three seasons. He led the Ravens in tackles this year but an injury near the end of the year led to finding a congenital neck/spine condition that would endanger Orr if he played further. I'm sure there will be discussion about how this is yet another young player retiring from the NFL, but it's not solely due to injuries from the game itself. That's not what the word "congenital" means.
6 comments, Last at 22 Jan 2017, 3:21pm by Theo
19 Jan 2017, 03:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey, it's time to preview the conference championships with the Off The Charts Podcast. How special is this year's final four of top quarterbacks? Has Aaron Rodgers really been better than Matt Ryan over the last two months? What's the clear strategy for Green Bay's defense to try to stop Ryan? Why should the Steelers be worried about the Patriots run game? And lots more. (Click for audio link.)
3 comments, Last at 20 Jan 2017, 1:38pm by jscrna
19 Jan 2017, 02:55pm by Aaron Schatz
I never know when to post this stuff in Extra Points. Do we wait until they actually move? Until the owners approve? Is just filing paperwork enough? Anyway, the Raiders are moving to Las Vegas assuming they can get approval from 23 out of 31 other owners. (They will.) Apparently, they will stay in Oakland for the next two seasons, because their lease says they can and the Vegas stadium isn't built yet. So, that should be interesting. It's not like there's a history of fans turning on teams after they announce they're moving out of town, or anything.
57 comments, Last at 02 Feb 2017, 10:08am by Bright Blue Shorts
16 Jan 2017, 07:31pm by Aaron Schatz
The cream rose to the top in this year's playoffs, as the final four teams all ranked seventh or higher in DVOA this season.
51 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2017, 6:08am by bigpoppapump