10 Nov 2015, 04:31pm by Aaron Schatz
Breaking and unexpected injury news. Andrew Luck will miss 2-6 weeks with a laceration in one of his kidneys as well as a partial tear of an abdominal muscle. It's not quite as bad for the Colts as you might imagine. They have a bye this week, and Matt Hasselbeck is still a reasonable backup at the age of 40. I assume Hasselbeck faces Atlanta in Week 11 -- the Falcons schedule gets EVEN MORE RIDICULOUSLY EASY with this injury -- and probably Tampa Bay in Week 12. Perhaps Luck can be back in time for Week 13 at Pittsburgh?
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05 Nov 2015, 04:56pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's Off The Charts podcast goes in depth to preview the big Carolina-Green Bay matchup this week. We also take a further look at the improvement of the Oakland Raiders and delve into the way schedule strength in the last two months could determine the wild-card races in both the AFC and NFC.
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05 Nov 2015, 01:30pm by Aaron Schatz
Big changes in Detroit, where the Lions have fired team president Tom Lewand and GM Martin Mayhew. Apparently there's going to be some major overturn throughout the front office...
#Lions source on the firings today: “Total wipeout.” Apparently, bosses are going through the building deciding who stays and goes.
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04 Nov 2015, 02:05pm by Aaron Schatz
Today's ESPN Insider feature looks at the teams with the toughest and easiest remaining schedules. Rather than simply using average DVOA of remaining opponents, we ranked schedules by going through game-by-game to figure out how often an average (0.0%) DVOA team would be expected to win each game, accounting for both the opponent and whether the game was on the road or at home.
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03 Nov 2015, 08:32pm by Aaron Schatz
Denver shoots up our rankings with a big win over Green Bay, part of an AFC West surge that gives Kansas City an outside shot at the playoffs and gives Oakland its highest DVOA rank since Football Outsiders was founded in 2003.
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03 Nov 2015, 06:14pm by Aaron Schatz
Among the subjects on this week's Fantasy Football Weekly podcast with Anita Marks and Aaron Schatz: we break down players who will get more playing time after Week 8's big injuries, discuss which teams have favorable second-half schedules, and talk about which fantasy teams want to trade for Matt Ryan -- and which ones will want to deal him away.
03 Nov 2015, 11:18am by Aaron Schatz
The Titans hired Ken Whisenhunt to take over a team that went 7-9 in 2013. He's gone 3-20 since. But when you fire a guy after less than two years... I've got to wonder if there's more of a story going on behind the scenes here than just "Tennessee isn't winning games." Mike Mularkey takes over as interim coach.
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02 Nov 2015, 06:27pm by Aaron Schatz
Yay, actual trade deadline deals. We don't get many of those in the NFL. The 49ers are sending Vernon Davis and a 2016 seventh-round pick to Denver for sixth-round picks in 2015 and 2016. Not much value there for San Francisco, especially because I wonder if Denver might get a compensatory sixth- or seventh-round pick if Davis signs elsewhere after this season.
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29 Oct 2015, 03:48pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's Off The Charts podcast takes a look at last week's Jets-Patriots matchup, and breaks down this week's big Broncos-Packers battle of 6-0 teams. Plus, what's gotten into the Miami Dolphins these last two games?
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29 Oct 2015, 03:40pm by Aaron Schatz
This ESPN feature looks at the divisional races using our playoff odds simulation. There don't look to be a lot of competitive races this year, but there's a good one between the Falcons and Panthers, plus the scrum in the NFC East, and whatever you call the mess in the AFC South -- where 10 percent of our simulations end up with a 6-10 team winning the division.