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22 Oct 2015, 02:46pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Patriots Head List of NFL's Top Offenses

This week's ESPN Insider feature takes a closer look at what's working and what might be the weaknesses for the top five offenses by DVOA so far: New England, Cincinnati, Arizona, Green Bay, and Pittsburgh.

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14 Oct 2015, 04:41pm by Sterling Xie

ESPN: Best Front Sevens of 2015

Using stats from FO and ESPN Stats & Information, we look at the best front sevens so far in 2015. Denver and the Jets are 1-2. Tennessee is a surprising No. 3. And surprisingly struggling so far this year: Buffalo and Houston, despite all the talent on those defensive lines.

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13 Oct 2015, 11:04am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Best Offensive Lines of 2015

Using a series of metrics, we look at the best offensive lines of 2015 so far. Cincinnati is No. 1, Atlanta a surprising No. 2. Even more surprising: Dallas doesn't make the top ten, which brings up even more questions about how much the offensive line makes the running back or vice versa.

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08 Oct 2015, 02:03pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Defense Could Put Packers Over The Top

The Packers are automatic Super Bowl contenders because of their offense. But they only become leading Super Bowl contenders if the defense can be better than average. And so far this season, the Packers defense is on an upswing, despite weaknesses against scrambling quarterbacks and third-and-long situations.

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07 Oct 2015, 12:22pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Most Aggressive and Conservative QBs on Third Down

Which quarterbacks push the envelope on third down, and which are comfortable playing it safe? Our new ALEX metric (Air Less EXpected) tells you who is always throwing short of the sticks, starting with the patron saint of Alex, Mr. Smith.

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01 Oct 2015, 04:04pm by Vincent Verhei

ESPN: Broncos Defense Can Carry Peyton

This piece by Aaron Schatz for ESPN Insider explains that the Broncos have been even better than we forecast them to be. One reason? New defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' attack-heavy 3-4 scheme, which tends to use one-gap principles more associated with a 4-3 alignment. It's an excellent fit for the specific talents of Denver's top two pass-rushers, Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. This isn't Phillips' first time getting quick results from a defense.

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25 Sep 2015, 10:56am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Seahawks Aren't Out of Playoff Race

The Super Bowl Loser's Curse doesn't really exist, so Seattle shouldn't worry about it. The "Teams That Start 0-2 With Fourth-Quarter Blown Leads" Curse is a little more real, but Seattle is the kind of team that can overcome it.

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2 comments, Last at 26 Sep 2015, 12:12pm by Scott Kacsmar

24 Sep 2015, 10:10am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: 2-0 Teams to Buy and Sell

For ESPN Insider, looking at the nine 2-0 teams and their current playoff odds. Which ones are "for real" and which ones just feasted on early competition? (And which ones won their early games close but have ridiculously easy schedules so it doesn't matter if they are "for real" or not? We're looking at you, Atlanta and Carolina.)

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17 Sep 2015, 12:20pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Peyton Manning No Longer Equipped to Save His O-Line

Don't jump to conclusions over just one week, but Peyton Manning's Week 1 struggles echoed some of the negative trends from his second-half decline in 2014. And if Peyton isn't the Peyton of old, then that Denver offensive line is a bigger problem than we thought.

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08 Sep 2015, 05:47pm by Andrew Healy

ESPN: Does Curse of 370 Apply to DeMarco Murray?

Yes, DeMarco Murray was overworked last year, but there are reasons to believe that the Curse of 370 may not destroy his 2015 season quite as much as expected.

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