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29 Oct 2013, 02:04pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Best to Come for Surging 49ers

Remember early in the season when it looked like the 49ers were struggling? They've quietly reestablished themselves as contenders, and help for their receiving corps and pass rush could be on the way.

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21 comments, Last at 12 Nov 2013, 8:41pm by Ian Chapman

25 Oct 2013, 12:19pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Who Should Make a Big Deal?

With the trade deadline coming up, will losing teams consider dealing players like Josh Gordon or Adrian Peterson? And if they make a trade, which teams make the best partners?

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5 comments, Last at 26 Oct 2013, 6:28pm by justanothersteve

22 Oct 2013, 12:56pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Dalton Limits Cincinnati Ceiling

The Bengals are a well-built team that has proved they can win battles of attrition, but games like Sunday must become more common from Andy Dalton if they're going to seriously be considered NFL royalty.

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5 comments, Last at 24 Oct 2013, 12:02am by greybeard

20 Oct 2013, 12:35pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Andrew Luck's Progression

Andrew Luck may not be setting the league on fire like Dan Marino in 1983-84, but his consistent performances in situational football put him on a path to greatness that Peyton Manning once walked in Indianapolis. But is Luck walking it faster?

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5 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2013, 4:22pm by mmeiselman

15 Oct 2013, 01:23pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Graham's Health Drives Saints

The big difference in New Orleans' passing attack this year isn't Sean Payton's return -- it's the return of Jimmy Graham's health. If that is compromised in any way going forward by his foot injury, New Orleans could be in trouble.

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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