09 Feb 2015, 12:48pm by Aaron Schatz
Good MMQB today by Peter King, in-depth interviews as Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady review their strategy going into the comeback drives in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIX. Among the tidbits: they basically realized the only way to beat the Seahawks was death by a thousand paper cuts. Also, updates on the various cheating scandals around the league and whether Darren Sharper should cause us to question the Hall of Fame standards which state players should be considered for football only.
2 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2015, 4:29pm by bloggesrdog
03 Feb 2015, 04:39pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's our announcement of the four men who starred in Super Bowl XLIX and will be new Football Outsiders-branded elite players for Madden 15 Ultimate Team this weekend. (Click to read more.)
1 comment, Last at 27 Mar 2015, 4:30pm by bloggesrdog
29 Jan 2015, 03:27pm by Aaron Schatz
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?
277 comments, Last at 01 Feb 2015, 6:56pm by BigPoppa
28 Jan 2015, 04:47pm by Aaron Schatz
Hey, kids, it's my annual pre-Super Bowl numbers breakdown with Bill Simmons on the B.S. Report. This time, the Patriots aren't favored to win the game. Well, not by us, anyway. 50-50 all the way! We also talk about that other thing, so if you don't want to hear me say the same things I've been saying on Twitter about that thing, don't listen.
28 Jan 2015, 04:16pm by Aaron Schatz
HELL to the YES. Featuring guest stars!
8 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2015, 4:32pm by bloggesrdog
28 Jan 2015, 01:08pm by Aaron Schatz
A good feature on Five Thirty-Eight about the gradual, unstoppable, constant improvement of NFL kickers when it comes to field-goal accuracy. The research points out that many of our fourth-down models are actually outdated because they underestimate the odds of hitting a long field goal. Of course, this also makes punting from the opponent's 35 look even more stupid.
49 comments, Last at 27 Mar 2015, 4:33pm by bloggesrdog
27 Jan 2015, 05:40pm by Aaron Schatz
Seattle and New England were among the most penalized teams in the NFL this year, and among the teams with the fewest penalties on their opponents. But the gap between Seattle and the rest of the NFL on that latter number is a bit nuts.
27 comments, Last at 31 Jan 2015, 8:47pm by RickD
27 Jan 2015, 04:11pm by Aaron Schatz
We've got a special release of Football Outsiders-branded players for Madden 15 Ultimate Team this weekend. (Click to read more.)
2 comments, Last at 28 Jan 2015, 6:58am by Raiderjoe
25 Jan 2015, 06:43pm by Aaron Schatz
Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns has failed an alcohol test and is now facing a likely one-year ban from the NFL. Yes, alcohol. Because of Gordon's previous positive drug tests and DUI arrests, he was not even allowed to drink alcohol. My response to stories like this used to be anger about how guys were wasting their talents, but I've learned over the last couple years that alcohol abuse is a lot more complicated than that. So now my reaction is just sadness. It's sadness that Josh Gordon can't beat these disease. I hope he can get the help he needs.
52 comments, Last at 29 Mar 2015, 1:07pm by bloggesrdog
23 Jan 2015, 06:25pm by Aaron Schatz
Voting is now open in the 12th annual Football Outsiders Awards, our version of the Internet Baseball Awards where our readers get to have their say for the best and worst players of the year, plus our traditional pick of the best and worst ads from this year's NFL broadcasts. You can vote between now and January 31.