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20 Nov 2012, 12:31pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN: Time to Replace Philip Rivers?

Philip Rivers is getting sacked more often and throwing more interceptions than ever before. Is this a sign that the Chargers need to move on from him, or do the problems extend beyond that? Similarity scores say that it's the latter.

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16 comments, Last at 25 Nov 2012, 6:13pm by Dean

13 Nov 2012, 12:40pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN: Can Tampa Bay Make a Playoff Run?

With Tampa's ability to hit the deep ball and their unheralded knack for snuffing out running plays in the backfield, it's not totally crazy to think they could knock off enough more-heralded opponents to sneak their way to 10 wins.

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8 comments, Last at 15 Nov 2012, 12:19pm by BJR

06 Nov 2012, 02:15pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN: What's Wrong with the Bills' D?

Vince Verhei examines what's gone haywire with the Bills defense despite a big addition in the offseason. Of particular concern, opponents are absolutely torching Buffalo’s defense once they cross the 40-yard line … but is some of the damage self-inflicted?

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7 comments, Last at 09 Apr 2013, 3:00pm by deanmoris

30 Oct 2012, 11:21am by Vince Verhei

ESPN: Miami Might Be For Real

10th place in DVOA coming into the week, the Dolphins may be a surprise playoff team. Ryan Tannehill has been acceptable, and the run defense has been phenomenal. However, they will have to deal with a tougher schedule in the second half.

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6 comments, Last at 03 Mar 2013, 1:59am by Perucken

23 Oct 2012, 01:30pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN: Why .500 Broncos Are AFC's Best

Why are the 3-3 Denver Broncos higher in DVOA than even the 6-1 Houston Texans? They have a balanced and improved defense, a terrible record of fumble recovery luck, and some dude named Peyton Manning.

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55 comments, Last at 25 Oct 2012, 3:03pm by Kevin from Philly

16 Oct 2012, 01:02pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN: The Falcons' Potentially Fatal Flaws

Atlanta is 6-0, the last undefeated team, so they must be the best team in the NFL, right? We argue not, as the Falcons are a flawed team that can't run or stop the run, and has won close games over poor opponents.

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7 comments, Last at 03 Mar 2013, 2:02am by perruques

09 Oct 2012, 04:26pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN: 49ers' Golden Ground Game

The San Francisco 49ers have put together an offense that's nearly on par with their dominant defense, and they've done it with an offensive line that is clearing space in the run game to a historic degree.

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4 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2012, 8:08am by Passing Through

02 Oct 2012, 11:03am by Vince Verhei

ESPN: Struggling Secondary Holding Back Lions

You can blame some offensive problems, you can blame poor special teams, but the real reason Detroit is 1-3 is an awful secondary filled with holes.

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25 Sep 2012, 12:57pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN: Steelers D Wilts Without Polamalu

It's rare that you can see the obvious effect of a missing player other than a quarterback, but it is pretty clear when looking at the numbers for the Pittsburgh defense with and without Troy Polamalu since 2008.

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4 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2012, 5:59pm by DisplacedPackerFan

18 Sep 2012, 12:05pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN: Can Jay Cutler Become Brett Favre?

Um, probably not. But Cutler's numbers are somewhat similar to some other recent quarterbacks who did have postseason success.

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25 comments, Last at 21 Sep 2012, 10:08am by mareeno13