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20 Nov 2011, 06:10pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: How Will Palko Fare Against Patriots?

We take a look at how first-time starters fare against pass defenses of varying quality: just how much will the Pats' defense help Tyler Palko?

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17 Nov 2011, 12:18pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: The Truth About Mark Sanchez

I'm a well-known Mark Sanchez detractor, so perhaps you'll be surprised to see me defending the Jets quarterback in this piece. The main point: There's a difference between horrible and slightly below-average, especially when you're talking about a third-year player who still has potential for improvement.

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4 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2011, 12:43am by Anonymous(not that one)

13 Nov 2011, 07:29pm by Danny Tuccitto

ESPN: Green Bay's Porous Pass Defense

Green Bay may be undefeated, but so far they have a very obvious Achilles heel: pass defense. Can a team with a below average pass defense actually win the Super Bowl? It would be pretty darn rare. And why exactly is the Packers pass defense playing so much worse than last year?

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5 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2011, 10:09am by Mr. Guest to you

11 Nov 2011, 11:38am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Which Top Running Backs to Pay

Looking at similarity scores for top young running backs Matt Forte, Ray Rice, and Arian Foster, and trying to figure out who deserves to be paid the big bucks.

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11 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2011, 7:00pm by tuluse

06 Nov 2011, 10:06pm by Danny Tuccitto

ESPN: Is Philly's Turnaround Legitimate?

Philadelphia's pass defense and pass offense look like they've turned the corner after a rocky start.

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3 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2011, 10:59am by Kal

03 Nov 2011, 10:54am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: The Overrated Green Bay Packers

The Packers are the best team in the NFL, but our DVOA ratings say they don't qualify as historically great. It's more accurate to say the Packers have the best passing game ever... and are mediocre in every other way.

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76 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2011, 11:28am by MCS

30 Oct 2011, 05:52pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: The Red Zone Efficiency Myth

This week's MNF feature looks at the question of red-zone efficiency, where the Kansas City Chiefs are one of the best offenses in the league, and the San Diego Chargers are one of the worst defenses. But does that really mean anything? (Click to read more.)

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18 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2011, 7:39pm by tuluse

27 Oct 2011, 12:58pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Can Titans Fix Their Running Game?

This is a larger question than just "what's wrong with Chris Johnson?," and we look at it a different way. What has happened in the past to teams whose offenses were as unbalanced as those of Tennessee and Minnesota?

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23 Oct 2011, 08:08pm by Danny Tuccitto

ESPN: How Good is Baltimore's Defense?

How good is the Baltimore defense, and can they stay that good for the entire season? We look at little bit at some weaknesses that could become a problem... although probably not this week. By the way, Baltimore is the second team to be first in both run and pass defense DVOA through six weeks. The first was the 1997 San Francisco 49ers.

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5 comments, Last at 25 Oct 2011, 3:18am by IsraelP

20 Oct 2011, 02:05pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Does Palmer Make Oakland a Contender?

We examine the Carson Palmer trade and conclude that it's a lot more about sustaining Oakland's playoff chances than actually improving the Raiders. The offensive line, in particular, has made a leap that has helped the Raiders offense play well.

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6 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2011, 9:12am by Blotzphoto