29 Sep 2016, 05:47pm by Aaron Schatz
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."
50 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2016, 2:48pm by turbohappy
28 Sep 2016, 11:33am by Aaron Schatz
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.
4 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2016, 10:23pm by LionInAZ
27 Sep 2016, 08:45pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
25 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2016, 9:17am by ZDNeal
27 Sep 2016, 07:41pm by Aaron Schatz
Philadelphia opens a bigger lead in our ratings, one of a number of top teams being driven primarily by defense in the early part of 2016.
93 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2016, 3:16pm by gusto
23 Sep 2016, 03:14pm by Aaron Schatz
OK, this is kind of nuts. Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett apparently tore a ligament in his right thumb during the second half of last night's 27-0 win over Houston, when Vince Wilfork fell on him in the third quarter. There seems to be disagreement among reporters about how bad the injury is, with Mike Petraglia of WEEI reporting that Brissett needs surgery but Ian Rapoport of NFL.com saying the injury may not be bad enough to keep Brissett out in Week 4.
86 comments, Last at 28 Sep 2016, 11:12am by Noah Arkadia
22 Sep 2016, 03:10pm by Aaron Schatz
In this week's edition of the Off The Charts podcast: What is Minnesota's future like given all their injuries? What's going on with Aaron Rodgers? And is San Diego's hot start sustainable? (Click for audio link.)
21 Sep 2016, 11:10am by Aaron Schatz
This ESPN Insider feature looks at the five teams that have seen the biggest rise in their playoff odds since the preseason, including the Eagles and Ravens, and the five teams that have fallen the most, including the Colts and Redskins.
20 Sep 2016, 06:33pm by Aaron Schatz
Philadelphia is No. 1 after two weeks. The last 13 teams to rank No. 1 after Week 2 averaged 12.5 wins... but all of them were better than the Eagles. Plus: the Texans, Pats, and Giants may be 2-0, but they're surprisingly low in DVOA.
121 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2016, 12:57am by The Hypno-Toad
19 Sep 2016, 02:18pm by Aaron Schatz
Roger Goodell's fickle finger of fate has once again pointed towards an NFL team, this time the Seattle Seahawks. They'll lose a 2017 fifth-round pick for violating offseason rules prohibiting excessive contact in OTAs. At least this penalty seems to be a joint decision of the NFL and the NFLPA after watching practice video of the workout in question, rather than just Goodell's random decision.
13 comments, Last at 28 Sep 2016, 4:43pm by scraps
16 Sep 2016, 01:38pm by Aaron Schatz
This is some varsity-level scapegoating here. Greg Roman took a backup quarterback nobody wanted and turned that into a top-10 offense by DVOA even though LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins couldn't always stay healthy. Meanwhile, the Bills defense collapsed last season. And yet, after a 37-31 loss, who gets fired? That's right, goodbye Greg Roman, being replaced by RB coach Anthony Lynn.
34 comments, Last at 21 Sep 2016, 5:36pm by jtr