Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Jan 2017, 12:19pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Will Weak QB Schedule Derail Patriots?

Here's a look at the 10 teams to make the NFL's final four since 1990 with the easiest schedules of quarterbacks faced. Yes, the Patriots are in there, but they aren't number one. Do these teams have a history of failing to win the Super Bowl because their defenses haven't really been tested? (Hint: Nope.)

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16 Jan 2017, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Most Improved Units of 2016

Today's ESPN piece looks at the most improved units of 2016, including the Atlanta offense that powered the Falcons into the NFC Championship Game. How did these units improve, and what's likely to be the result in 2017?

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05 Jan 2017, 02:14pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Ranking Position Groups of Every Playoff Team

Here's an interesting little feature for ESPN Insider where I attempted to rank all 12 playoff teams, unit by unit, based on FO stats and consultation with our staff. Feel free to quibble with the WR/TE rankings, which were by far the toughest and could be in a completely different order.

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30 Dec 2016, 12:50pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Comparing NFL Contenders to Past Playoff Teams

I had a lot of fun writing this feature for ESPN Insider, finding a past playoff team (since 1990) similar to each of this year's playoff teams. I used DVOA splits but also common sense, to find a team that had similar stats and narrative. Don't worry if you miss seeing Denver in the playoffs, the Broncos are there! The Patriots are the 2013 Broncos, the Giants are the poor man's 2015 Broncos, and the Texans are the 2011 Tim Tebow Broncos because nobody can figure out how they've won so many games.

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28 Dec 2016, 01:24pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Week 17 Playoff Odds

This week's playoff odds commentary for ESPN Insider is more focused on each team's chances of winning Super Bowl LI, now that most of the playoff spots have been decided.

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21 Dec 2016, 12:59pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Week 16 Playoff Odds

Here's a look at our playoff odds for Football Outsiders, with commentary including a breakdown of the chances that the NFC North and AFC South will be decided with Week 17 showdowns.

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15 Dec 2016, 01:23pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Best/Worst Offensive Lines of 2016

New ESPN Insider feature, using FO and ESPN stats to measure offensive lines in both pass blocking and run blocking. New Orleans is a surprising No. 1, because Dallas allows more pass pressure than you probably realize. One of the teams playing tonight is in the bottom five; surprisingly, one of tonight's teams is not.

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14 Dec 2016, 06:12pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Week 15 Playoff Odds

Here's this week's ESPN playoff odds commentary, looking at an odd week where lots of games have major seeding ramifications but only one has major ramifications as far as whether both teams make it into the playoffs or not.

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07 Dec 2016, 02:29am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Week 14 Playoff Odds

The weekly playoff odds commentary on ESPN Insider goes further in depth on just how important Thursday's Oakland-Kansas City game is for determining who represents the AFC in Super Bowl LI, plus notes on all the other teams still contending for the postseason.

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02 Dec 2016, 01:57pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Worst NFL Divisions Since 2002

Is the AFC South of 2016 the worst division since the NFL went to a four-team, eight-division setup in 2002? Or does that title belong to the NFC West in one of any number of awful years?

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1 comment, Last at 07 Dec 2016, 1:46am by DanielBrown