Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 Nov 2015, 05:28pm by Andrew Potter

Week 9 Injury Aftermath

Ben Roethlisberger's latest injury is just part of a string of bad news for the Steelers this year.

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11 comments, Last at 11 Nov 2015, 6:31pm by Andrew Potter

06 Nov 2015, 04:47pm by Vincent Verhei

Are NFL Officials Biased With Their Ball Placement?

This is a fun little discovery by a British statistician called Joey Faulkner. In looking at how many NFL plays were run from each yard line, he noticed a pretty gradual curve, with a massive spike at the 20 -- which isn't surprising, since so many drives start there after touchbacks. However, he also noticed smaller spikes at the 30, 40, 50, the other 40, et cetera, all over the field more or less between the 10s. His hypothesis: NFL referees, like all humans, have a natural tendency to spot the ball right on the 10-yard lines when they end up anywhere near that general vicinity.

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33 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2015, 4:06am by Eleutheria

05 Nov 2015, 01:30pm by Aaron Schatz

Lions Fire Martin Mayhew, Tom Lewand

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...

04 Nov 2015, 10:14pm by Vincent Verhei

Understanding the Broncos' Offense

Hat tip to reader "TimK" for this one. It's a couple of weeks old, but still relevant for Denver, and really for any other team undergoing a major change in coaching and/or personnel.

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15 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2015, 10:28pm by The Ninjalectual

04 Nov 2015, 03:55pm by Vincent Verhei

49ers Bench Kaepernick for Gabbert

Alternate headline: "49ers Bench Kaepernick For Worst Quarterback Of The DVOA Era."

Look, things in San Francisco are clearly going badly. Colin Kaepernick is last among starting quarterbacks in passing DYAR, and only Ryan Mallett is worse by DVOA. (And given that Mallett is currently unemployed, he probably won't qualify for these tables in a few weeks.) So it's understandable that the 49ers would consider a quarterback switch.

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138 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2015, 12:08pm by Noah of Arkadia

03 Nov 2015, 07:52pm by Vincent Verhei

Colts Fire Pep Hamilton

Chuck Pagano entered the season on the hot seat, and then the Colts to a 3-5 start. The offense is 20th in points scored and next to last in turnovers, and when the DVOA ratings come out later today, the Colts will be 21st in total offense, 22nd passing and 18th rushing. This despite the offseason attempts to surround Andrew Luck with as many weapons as possible.

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87 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2015, 6:08pm by theslothook

03 Nov 2015, 11:18am by Aaron Schatz

Titans Fire Ken Whisenhunt

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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40 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2015, 9:39pm by LionInAZ

02 Nov 2015, 06:27pm by Aaron Schatz

Broncos Trade for Vernon Davis

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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41 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2015, 8:19pm by LionInAZ

02 Nov 2015, 04:49pm by Andrew Potter

Week 8 Injury Aftermath

A long, sad, scary list of injuries this week. (Click for more.)

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19 comments, Last at 04 Nov 2015, 4:17am by Andrew Potter

02 Nov 2015, 02:32pm by Vincent Verhei

MMQB: Unbeaten and Undressed

Peter King says the Broncos "exposed" the Packers in a battle of unbeatens. Plus, Drew Brees' big day and a look at all the injuries across the NFL.

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