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17 Nov 2017, 01:50pm by Scott Kacsmar

FiveThirtyEight: Terrible Year for Quarterback Injuries

For FiveThirtyEight, I took a look at what has been a brutal season of quarterback injuries in the NFL. Beyond stars such as Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck, we've lost an extremely promising rookie (Deshaun Watson), a former No. 1 overall pick who may have been ready to peak (Sam Bradford), and a veteran on his last legs (Carson Palmer). We looked at adjusted games lost for quarterbacks since 2000 and adjusted the numbers by passing DVOA to get a sense of the quality of quarterbacks lost to injury. 2017 hasn't been the worst season on record, but it's sure getting there, and hopefully we won't have to add much to the injury database the rest of the year.

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15 Nov 2017, 12:09pm by Aaron Schatz

Bills Bench Taylor, Start Peterman

I don't even know where to start with this decision. I don't know why the Bills have been so intent on getting rid of Tyrod Taylor, but the time to do it is the offseason not the midseason. The guy is the most underrated quarterback in the game, he's been average this season according to DVOA, and you're going to bench him for a fifth-round rookie? A lot of Bills fans complain that the problem is too many third-down checkdowns to Mike Tolbert. Well, Taylor's ALEX on third down was 4.0 in 2015, 2.6 in 2016, and then 0.1 this year. Maybe the checkdown problem isn't about Taylor himself.

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82 comments, Last at 2:16am by RickD

13 Nov 2017, 03:59pm by Andrew Potter

Injury Aftermath: Week 10

Thursday Night Football puts four players out for the year, and puts Gabbert Watch back on Vince Verhei's radar. Four other players will miss substantial time as a result of Sunday's games.

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2 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2017, 9:31am by Will Allen

13 Nov 2017, 11:29am by Mike Tanier

Monday Morning Digest: Cowboys in Crisis Mode, Patriots in Peak Form

In this week's Digest ...

  • The Patriots give Tom Brady a special teams boost.
  • The Saints treat the Bills the way a garbage disposal treats a moldy meatball.
  • The Jaguars try to cough up a big game in the fourth quarter but cannot out-choke the Chargers.
  • The Steelers limbo even lower than usual to play down to another opponent.
  • Another fluky touchback robs the Bears and the NFL of a little bit more fun and fairness.
  • Strip-Sack Savage rides again for the Texans
  • ...and much more.

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    1 comment, Last at 17 Nov 2017, 7:54pm by Grendel13G

12 Nov 2017, 04:58pm by Aaron Schatz

The Kids Are Alright

Good post here on the Eagles blog "McNabb or Kolb," showing that quarterback performance in the second year seems to predict a player's career a lot better than performance as a rookie. That's very good news for fans of Carson Wentz or Jared Goff.

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1 comment, Last at 13 Nov 2017, 2:06pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin

09 Nov 2017, 04:52pm by Aaron Schatz

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension is ON, Again

A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Ezekiel Elliott‘s motion for an injunction blocking his suspension. It will start this Sunday against Atlanta, going through Week 15. Probably. This thing has changed so many times, I have whiplash.

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44 comments, Last at 13 Nov 2017, 3:31pm by Richie

06 Nov 2017, 03:00pm by Andrew Potter

Injury Aftermath: Week 9

A mild week of injuries around the league -- with the notable exception of Tampa Bay and San Francisco.

UPDATE: Sam Bradford to Injured Reserve

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8 comments, Last at 09 Nov 2017, 2:11pm by jtr

06 Nov 2017, 07:53am by MikeTanier

Monday Morning Digest: Who Can Stop the Eagles' Wentz Wagon?

Also: psychoanalysis of the Falcons, the sad truth about the Broncos quarterback situation, the lessons of the Andrew Luck fiasco, and a Stranger Things spoiler or two.

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9 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2017, 10:29am by eggwasp

03 Nov 2017, 05:37pm by Scott Kacsmar

FiveThirtyEight: NFL Teams Are More Consistent Now

At FiveThirtyEight, Scott Kacsmar writes how DVOA variance was at an all-time low in 2016, and how 2017 is shaping up to continue the trend.

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14 comments, Last at 09 Nov 2017, 7:28pm by LionInAZ

02 Nov 2017, 05:17pm by Vincent Verhei

Deshaun Watson Tears ACL

As first reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Deshaun Watson suffered a torn ACL on a non-contact drill in practice today, ending one of the best stories of the 2017 NFL season and one of the most exciting rookie campaigns on record. This sucks.

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68 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2017, 4:35am by Mr Shush