19 Oct 2010, 12:52pm by Vincent Verhei
It's a tale of two lines this week in Any Given Sunday. You're probably familiar with the woeful state of the Chicago offensive line, but the experiment on Seattle's defensive line, and the big results it's producing, may surprise you.
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18 Oct 2010, 02:30pm by Vincent Verhei
In this week's MNF feature for ESPN Insider, we find that run-oriented teams actually play better when they stick to their usual strategy against teams with poor pass defense.
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14 Oct 2010, 01:16pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's Numbers Crunching breaks down the possibilities for Wes Welker on first down against the Ravens, the Cowboys' inability to stop runs up the middle (with AP on the horizon), and Maurice Jones-Drew sweeping to the outside often on Monday night.
14 Oct 2010, 01:14pm by Bill Barnwell
This week's fantasy matchups column looks at some of the big changes in defensive performance between this year and last season and analyzes if they're likely to stick. Plus: Jabs at Colt McCoy.
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13 Oct 2010, 04:19pm by Bill Connelly
In today's ESPN piece, Bill Connelly looks at the steady disappearance of dynasties from college football. Is college football a giant oligarchy where the have-nots fight over the haves' tables scraps? Absolutely. And it is so much more competitive -- and more difficult to dominate -- than it used to be.
12 Oct 2010, 06:23pm by Vincent Verhei
Just how bad are the San Diego Chargers on special teams this year? Really, really, historically bad. So bad, we had to invent a stat comparable to herpes.
7 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2010, 5:06pm by Scott C
10 Oct 2010, 09:58pm by Doug Farrar
This week's ESPN Insider piece for MNF looks at LaDainian Tomlinson's renewed career, other backs with big year-to-year improvements in yards per carry, and how often it is connected with improvements on the offensive line.
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08 Oct 2010, 04:10pm by Brian Fremeau
In this week's ESPN Insider feature, Brian Fremeau investigates whether Alabama is at a disadvantage facing a South Carolina team with an extra week to prepare. It turns out there is no measurable advantage or disadvantage for teams following a bye week, either in the win-loss column or in Game Efficiency. If the Gamecocks are going to take down the Crimson Tide this weekend, they'll have to beat them play-by-play and drive-by-drive. The calendar won't have anything to do with the outcome.
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07 Oct 2010, 04:54pm by Aaron Schatz
Our Week 5 look at statistics around the league considers the weakness in Buffalo's run defense, the importance of Carolina's outside linebackers, and the reason why Indianapolis games get so darn exciting in the last 15 minutes.