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11 Oct 2013, 01:34pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Have Defenses Caught Up to the Read Option?

The read option hasn't been as effective this year, even though teams are using it more. More details here.

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22 comments, Last at 14 Oct 2013, 4:16am by Borkowskowitz

08 Oct 2013, 03:07pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: These Colts Aren't Flukes

Indianapolis has taken giant steps forward on both offense and pass defense through five games. With Pep Hamilton in charge, the Andrew Luck-led offense has seen a big boost in third-down efficiency and run-game success. Robert Mathis probably won't wind up with 30 sacks this season though, so the pass defense is still more questionable than our ratings make them out to be.

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4 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2013, 3:57pm by Heracleitii

04 Oct 2013, 01:22pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Tough Travels for Seattle Seahawks

There's no denying the Seattle Seahawks are a much different team on the road than at home, but can it all be placed on their location forcing them to travel more than any other team? Travel from west-to-east has been a debated topic in the NFL and we have found data that is certainly interesting, though not largely conclusive on whether or not the Pacific teams are at a significant disadvantage.

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20 comments, Last at 07 Oct 2013, 10:02am by Ranbonamus

01 Oct 2013, 01:31pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Future Bright for Browns

The Brian Hoyer experiment is likely to return mixed results, but so far the Mike Lombardi/Joe Banner plan has been executed to a T: the defense they worked on all offseason is dramatically improved, and they'll have two shots at a new franchise quarterback next April.

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11 comments, Last at 02 Oct 2013, 8:59pm by Zheng

27 Sep 2013, 01:10pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: The Death of the NFL Run Game

The 2013 NFL season is on pace to be the pass-happiest season in NFL history. In other words, the pass ratio (60.1 percent) is set to break last year's mark (57.65 percent). Using DVOA, we found the correlation with wins for passing and rushing efficiency along with some data on whether or not you need a good running game to succeed with play-action passing.

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9 comments, Last at 28 Sep 2013, 1:32am by dmstorm22

24 Sep 2013, 12:39pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Cowboys Run Game Tied to Line

DeMarco Murray had a big game by traditional statistics on Sunday, but just like his big game against the Rams in 2011, it says more about his skill than it does the overall profile of the Dallas run game.

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3 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2013, 1:35pm by Tim Wilson

23 Sep 2013, 11:25am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Aaron Rodgers' Hidden Weakness

Why can't Aaron Rodgers seem to lead his team to a comeback in the fourth quarter? There's certainly a lot of regression to the mean on fourth-quarter comebacks, but a 5-24 record is pretty significant.

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53 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2014, 4:42pm by sac longchamp bandouli

17 Sep 2013, 12:39pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Tampa's Problems Lie with Freeman

Yes, penalties are bad. And yes, Greg Schiano isn't on the cutting edge of clock management strategy. But the real problem in Tampa Bay is that Josh Freeman is too inconsistent to fit what Schiano wants to do on offense.

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10 Sep 2013, 02:36pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Can Terrelle Pryor Save the Raiders?

Terrelle Pryor showcased a lot of speed on the edge against the Colts, but how should we weigh that against Indy's poor defense?

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2 comments, Last at 10 Sep 2013, 4:34pm by Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom

21 Aug 2013, 12:40pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Welker's Potentially Historic Impact

Golly, Peyton Manning sure does like himself some slot receivers.

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4 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2013, 2:31pm by buy soundcloud plays