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15 Dec 2011, 01:24pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Will Defense Hold Contenders Back?

My column for ESPN Insider this week points out that massive imbalance between offense and defense hasn't necessarily kept teams from winning in past postseasons. It's not true that the Saints and Patriots can't compete in the playoffs because of awful defense; what matters is the whole package.

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13 comments, Last at 16 Dec 2011, 6:36pm by tuluse

14 Dec 2011, 05:31pm by Danny Tuccitto

ESPN: Week 15 Fantasy Matchups

For inquiring minds, a look at why our plus-minus tables always have so many quarterbacks in them. Also, advice about running back handcuffs, bad quarterbacks with great matchups, and great quarterbacks with bad matchups.

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13 Dec 2011, 12:46pm by Vincent Verhei

ESPN AGS: Cardinals over 49ers

This week's Any Given Sunday looks at the problems that San Francisco has on offense, especially in the red zone, with some suggestions that might lead to more touchdowns and fewer field goals.

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2 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2011, 3:28pm by tuluse

13 Dec 2011, 10:09am by Brian Fremeau

ESPN: Making an Immediate Impact

Urban Meyer, Kevin Sumlin, and Larry Fedora starting out at programs that have challenges to overcome, but there are opportunities for an immediate impact.

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2 comments, Last at 15 Dec 2011, 4:11pm by Brian Fremeau

12 Dec 2011, 04:45am by Danny Tuccitto

ESPN: Problems with St. Louis' Offense

We look at why the St. Louis offense has struggled so much this season. Could it be that Josh McDaniels simply didn't have enough time to implement his system?

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7 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2011, 7:13am by BJR

08 Dec 2011, 02:01pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Jordy Nelson's Great Season

A number of stats here to show what a great season Jordy Nelson is having. Right now he would set a record for highest DVOA by a wide receiver with at least 60 pass targets. This article also features the debut of slightly tweaked receiving plus-minus and YAC+ stats for use in-season. Nelson does excellent in these as well. Since this piece is ESPN Insider, I'll run some larger tables with those stats for other players here on FO sometime this weekend.

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36 comments, Last at 08 Mar 2012, 12:15am by C.J.

07 Dec 2011, 02:00pm by Danny Tuccitto

ESPN: Week 14 Fantasy Matchups

For many, it's fantasy postseason time, so I take one last look at DVOA-based strengths of schedule. Elsewhere, after 13 weeks, I finally get to selfishly feature 49ers in the player capsules.

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2 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2011, 1:01am by Danny Tuccitto

06 Dec 2011, 04:25pm by Vincent Verhei

ESPN AGS: Texans over Falcons

Atlanta could not run the ball against Houston, and we look at how the erosion of their offensive line has hurt them this season.

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8 comments, Last at 06 Jan 2012, 2:40pm by OttoIbanez

05 Dec 2011, 09:38pm by Brian Fremeau

ESPN: Defending (Gasp!) The BCS

As unpopular as the BCS may be, it does do one thing rather well: award the team that had the best overall season in college football with the national championship trophy.

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77 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2011, 1:29am by An Onimous

04 Dec 2011, 09:51pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: The Jaguars' Ray of Hope

Here's a look at the Jacksonville improvement on defense -- right now, the biggest year-to-year improvement in defensive DVOA that we've ever measured.

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2 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2011, 1:37am by sjt