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26 Jan 2016, 02:06pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Denver and Carolina Used Free Agency Well

Denver and Carolina will meet in Super Bowl 50, but it was really a five-year path for both teams to get to this point. The top two defenses in DVOA this year, each built their strongest unit with high draft picks and a few free-agent deals. In fact, Denver had 45.9 percent of its offensive and defensive snaps from free agents this season, the highest percentage for any Super Bowl team since 2006. The Panthers surprisingly come in second at 37.8 percent, but their moves were not as flashy as John Elway's big-name signings. We recap some of the team's best decisions to build these Super Bowl rosters.

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21 Jan 2016, 12:33pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Cardinals' Blitz-Heavy Strategy Could Backfire Against Newton

A little preview of the NFC Championship preview coming Friday on Football Outsiders. Arizona blitzes more than any other team in the league, but it may not be a good strategy against Cam Newton.

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20 Jan 2016, 06:02pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Conference Championship DraftKings Matchups

For the degenerate gambling crowd still playing DFS, we have one more matchup column this season. Our favorites this week include Carson Palmer, Jonathan Stewart, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski.

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20 Jan 2016, 03:27pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Manning's Playoff Career Worthy of More Respect

Over at ESPN Insider, a look at Tom Brady and Peyton Manning's playoff records. So often wins and losses come down to one play, and the difference between Brady's 22-8 and Manning's 12-13 is heavily determined by six specific plays where neither quarterback was even on the field: four field goals and two plays by defenders named Moore. We'll be expanding this article with a look at similar plays for other current top quarterbacks in a second article on Football Outsiders next week.

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14 Jan 2016, 02:30pm by Andrew Healy

ESPN: How Kansas City Can Knock Off Patriots

Get a bit of a preview of tomorrow's Football Outsiders playoff previews, as Andrew Healy looks at some of the matchups that could favor Kansas City against New England despite the loss of Jeremy Maclin.

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13 Jan 2016, 03:00pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: Divisional Round DraftKings Matchups

The final fantasy column of the season at ESPN Insider looks at the injury-plagued divisional round. We are fading Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. Some of our favorite DraftKings matchups include Carson Palmer (stacked with Larry Fitzgerald), Emmanuel Sanders, Spencer Ware and Travis Kelce.

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13 Jan 2016, 01:43pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Seahawks' Four-Year Run is Second to None

In an ESPN Insider column today, I looked at DVOA over the last four seasons, including the playoffs. FO readers know, of course, that Seattle is No. 1, but can you guess which other franchises have been among the top ten over the four-year span? You'll find out that Carolina has been better than you probably remember, and that Detroit has been surprisingly consistent in its mediocrity.

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08 Jan 2016, 11:05am by Brian Fremeau

ESPN: Key Stat to Decide the National Title

Alabama and Clemson are the two best defenses in forcing opponent three-and-outs (or worse). What impact will this defensive statistical matchup have on the outcome of the game?

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07 Jan 2016, 05:16pm by Andrew Healy

ESPN: How Bengals Can Beat Steelers

Get a bit of a preview of one of our four Friday wild-card previews with this Thursday article at ESPN Insider. How can the Bengals beat the Steelers without Andy Dalton at quarterback? Good thing the strength of their passing game matches a big Pittsburgh weakness.

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06 Jan 2016, 05:41pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Breakout Players to Watch in January

I went through and looked at some lesser-known players who could make a big impact in the postseason. Well, lesser-known to most fans. I'm sure FO readers have heard of most of these guys: Tyler Lockett, David Johnson, James White, Kawann Short, Whitney Mercilus, Ryan Shazier, Ron Parker, and (as the next Justin Bethel/Matthew Slater on punt coverage) Jeff Janis.

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