Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

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

16 Oct 2011, 05:42pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Don't Write Off the Jets Just Yet

DVOA doesn't back up their 2-3 record, and the Jets are still a very good team despite their poor start.

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5 comments, Last at 17 Oct 2011, 7:06pm by tuluse

13 Oct 2011, 05:55pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Has Alex Smith Improved?

49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been the tenth-best quarterback in the NFL by our metrics so far this year. Is that sustainable?

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2 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2011, 1:45am by Jim Glass

09 Oct 2011, 07:06pm by Danny Tuccitto

ESPN: Detroit Needs to Diversify Its Offense

The Lions' pass offense has been impressive in their 4-0 start, but what about that 30th-ranked running game? This week's Monday Night Football column looks at how the disparity between the two raises red flags about Detroit's Super Bowl prospects.

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9 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2011, 3:28pm by Joseph

06 Oct 2011, 12:31pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: How is Tennessee Winning?

Analysis of the surprising 3-1 Titans shows a team very similar to the Titans team that went 13-3 in 2003: strong passing and defense overcoming a stagnant running game. But since Matt Hasselbeck is unlikely to continue playing at a superstar level, the onus is on the defense to keep the team in the AFC South race.

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1 comment, Last at 06 Oct 2011, 1:24pm by Dr. Gamera

02 Oct 2011, 06:44pm by Danny Tuccitto

ESPN: Analyzing the Colts' Injury Issues

Indianapolis' season is basically over at this point with Peyton Manning gone, but the Colts have also sustained a number of other injuries this season. This is not a one-year trend in the slightest -- the Colts lead the NFL in Adjusted Games Lost over the past five seasons. Why is that?

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3 comments, Last at 03 Oct 2011, 2:30pm by drobviousso