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21 Jan 2016, 12:33pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Cardinals' Blitz-Heavy Strategy Could Backfire Against Newton

A little preview of the NFC Championship preview coming Friday on Football Outsiders. Arizona blitzes more than any other team in the league, but it may not be a good strategy against Cam Newton.

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19 Jan 2016, 02:13pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Madden Ultimate Team Content for January 22

Here's a look at the five FO stars for Madden 16 Ultimate Team from the divisional round of the playoffs.

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18 Jan 2016, 06:38pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 19 DVOA Ratings

You may be surprised at the DVOA results of the divisional round games, but you won't be surprised that we now have Carolina as the clear favorite to win Super Bowl 50.

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15 Jan 2016, 07:35pm by Aaron Schatz

NFC Divisional Round Playoff Preview 2016

The NFC's games this weekend feature two Super Bowl champions in search of their second rings taking on the two favorites in the MVP race.

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14 Jan 2016, 03:06pm by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: January 14

This week's Off The Charts podcast has previews of all four divisional round games. We look at how Kansas City was better than you thought over the whole season, not just the last few weeks. We also look at where the Panthers can take advantage of Seattle weaknesses, and just how badly Denver and Pittsburgh seem to be set up to attack each other's defenses on Sunday.

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14 Jan 2016, 02:34pm by Aaron Schatz

San Francisco Hires Chip Kelly as Head Coach

Well, let's hope that he can improve his relationship with players, because the 49ers don't need any more good players trying to leave. Still, I think this makes sense as a hire. I think Kelly made some personnel mistakes this year, but I still think he's a good game coach. And if they can keep Colin Kaepernick around, that seems like the perfect quarterback for Kelly's offensive scheme.

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14 Jan 2016, 01:10am by Aaron Schatz

Giants Promote OC Ben McAdoo to Head Coach

This is a really exciting step for the former No. 1 pick of the Buffalo Braves, who you may remember for his 1975 MVP campaign.

OK, maybe I'm the only one who constantly makes that mistake and refers to the new Giants head coach as Bob McAdoo. Ben McAdoo, the ex-Packers QB coach who was brought over to put Eli Manning in a timing-based West Coast offense, will be promoted to head coach to replace Tom Coughlin. He also interviewed with the Eagles and the Giants may have decided on McAdoo in part to make sure he didn't go to their rivals.

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13 Jan 2016, 02:06pm by Aaron Schatz

Cleveland Hires Hue Jackson as Head Coach

The most creative offensive coordinator in the league is headed to the other side of Ohio to pilot the Cleveland Browns, a.k.a. (according to the everyone in the media) THE FLAGSHIP FOR ANALYTICS.

So, hey, good luck to Hue Jackson. It's ridiculous that one team is going to be the public flagship for a tool that a lot of front offices use, but if that's how it has to be, those of us doing analytics on the outside would certainly be a lot better off if that team would win some games. Plus, formations where the offensive linemen flex out wide are fun!

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13 Jan 2016, 01:43pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Seahawks' Four-Year Run is Second to None

In an ESPN Insider column today, I looked at DVOA over the last four seasons, including the playoffs. FO readers know, of course, that Seattle is No. 1, but can you guess which other franchises have been among the top ten over the four-year span? You'll find out that Carolina has been better than you probably remember, and that Detroit has been surprisingly consistent in its mediocrity.

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11 Jan 2016, 05:59pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 18 DVOA Ratings

The Chiefs make a big move upwards, as their domination of Houston now ranks as the best single game of the year. The all-around special teams performance was particularly impressive.

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112 comments, Last at 15 Jan 2016, 11:50pm by RickD