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23 Sep 2016, 09:39am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: How to End the Aaron Rodgers Slump

At ESPN Insider, we looked at the very real 14-game slump Aaron Rodgers has had dating back to last season. History shows for a great quarterback in his prime, this type of slump is most unusual, and it usually takes a change of health, scenery or a new head coach to snap out of it. For Rodgers, a new coach may be the only realistic option, and that just so happens to be the same change Brett Favre needed in Green Bay to get back to playing at a high level.

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3 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2016, 8:49pm by ramirez

21 Sep 2016, 11:10am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Changes in Playoff Odds after Two Weeks

This ESPN Insider feature looks at the five teams that have seen the biggest rise in their playoff odds since the preseason, including the Eagles and Ravens, and the five teams that have fallen the most, including the Colts and Redskins.

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14 Sep 2016, 12:06pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Jared Goff Should Start

New on ESPN Insider, Rivers McCown points out that Jared Goff's preseason stats were actually better than Carson Wentz's preseason stats, and not that dissimilar from some other recent top picks. Meanwhile, the best rookie in the preseason in recent history was Blake Bortles, who finished last in passing DYAR that year.

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14 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2016, 11:28pm by LionInAZ

13 Sep 2016, 11:10am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Ravens' Defense Positions Them for Rebound

People were surprised when our preseason DVOA projections had Baltimore as the No. 5 defense in the NFL, but there are plenty of reasons to believe the Ravens are ready to return to their usual form: mediocre offense powered into the playoff race by strong defense and excellent special teams.

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07 Sep 2016, 12:53pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: NFL Schedules Ranked 1-32

This ESPN Insider feature piece ranks all 32 teams' schedules for 2016 based on average projected DVOA of all 16 opponents, adjusted for injuries and suspensions early in the season. The hardest schedules belong to San Francisco and the AFC East teams; the easiest belong to Dallas and the teams of the NFC North and AFC North.

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7 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2016, 6:32pm by eagle97a

06 Sep 2016, 11:46am by Vincent Verhei

ESPN: Is Sam Bradford Really an Upgrade over Shaun Hill?

Hey, did you notice in Football Outsiders Almanac 2016, where we compared Shaun Hill and Sam Bradford's career stats and noticed how similar they are? Well... surprise!

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13 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2016, 12:29am by LionInAZ

29 Aug 2016, 03:00pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Joey Bosa's Holdout Won't Affect His Play

The San Diego Chargers finally agreed to a contract with No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa today. There are no details yet on which side blinked when it comes to the "offset language" they were fighting over. However, a historical look at rookie holdouts by top-ten picks suggests that the holdout won't actually affect the production the Chargers can expect to get from Bosa in his first NFL season.

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4 comments, Last at 31 Aug 2016, 11:57am by Theo

29 Aug 2016, 12:19pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Worst Week 1 Starters for Defending Super Bowl Champs

In a new feature at ESPN Insider, I look at the worst QB situations ever for defending Super Bowl champions. There's a big gap between 47 teams and the 1986 Bears, and then a huge chasm between the 1986 Bears and two Broncos teams, including the current Broncos.

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3 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2016, 5:56pm by Aaron Schatz

24 Aug 2016, 11:53am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Overrated, Underrated from #NFLRank

Each year, ESPN polls a number of writers and editors to make up a list of the top 100 players in the NFL, and each year Football Outsiders writes an article auditing the list and giving players we feel are overrated or underrated by the list. This year is no exception. We choose Adrian Peterson, Jordan Reed, and Marcus Peters as overrated, and Russell Wilson, Lavonte David, and David DeCastro as underrated.

The ESPN reader comments are certainly enjoyable.

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7 comments, Last at 29 Aug 2016, 11:30am by ramirez

17 Aug 2016, 09:45am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: NFL's Most Likely Worst-to-First Teams

Over on ESPN Insider, I take a look at the eight last-place teams from 2015 and which one is most likely to make the postseason according to our playoff odds simulation. Things are looking good for Dallas, and San Diego's going to be in the playoff race too. San Francisco and Cleveland, not so much.

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