03 Jan 2008, 07:19pm by Aaron Schatz
Here is this week's stat notebook for ESPN.com, with notes about all four games. This notebook has some interesting stuff about the shotgun formation as well as the asterisk next to Tennessee's "59th in the DVOA era" defense.
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03 Jan 2008, 12:40am by Aaron Schatz
Hey everyone, I did a nice long bit with Bill Simmons today for his podcast, looking at the first round of games. Looks like I'll be doing these each week during the playoffs, so I better think of more jokes. Apologies in advance for slightly messing up some stats -- for example, the Jags no longer qualify as the top offense of the second half because of last week's craptacular third-string-a-thon, and yes, I know some of the quarterbacks I mention in the Todd Collins discussion were late picks, not undrafted. Link goes to Simmons' page on ESPN.com; podcast is in the upper right.
24 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2008, 12:33am by BC Pat
27 Dec 2007, 09:12pm by Aaron Schatz
In the final regular-season edition of Numbers Crunching, we look at two ways in which the Giants match up favorably with New England, why the Seahawks lead the league in decorum, and what makes Patrick Willis a very busy man. Plus: A totally ridiculous Rob Bironas-Adam Vinatieri comparison. Seriously, it will blow your mind.
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24 Dec 2007, 02:13am by Aaron Schatz
The final ESPN Monday Night Football feature from Football Outsiders is an adaptation of a piece Bill Barnwell wrote for Boston Sports Media Watch back when the Patriots played the Chargers in Week 2. We know that in the coming off-season, some team will sign Michael Turner to be their starting running back, but do they know what they're getting? If you don't know Turner's DVOA rating for 2007, you are probably in for a bit of a shock.
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20 Dec 2007, 07:15pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's this week's look at all 16 NFL games using Football Outsiders numbers. This week: Find out which NFL cornerback is the Human Target, which NFL offense is getting blitzed the most, and which game is the matchup of the week for everyone who loves fullbacks.
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16 Dec 2007, 02:03am by Aaron Schatz
This week's ESPN MNF article discusses the myth that run-oriented teams succeed in the postseason, particularly where it concerns this year's Minnesota Vikings -- one of the most unbalanced teams in NFL history, with offense and defense far superior on running plays as opposed to passing plays.
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13 Dec 2007, 04:22pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's the latest edition of our weekly column with interesting stats about each of the week's games. This week, learn some interesting facts about Boone Stutz, Derrick Pope, and Walpole's Own Todd Collins. Plus: We now have enough game charting data to throw some into Numbers Crunching! Huzzah!
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08 Dec 2007, 07:06pm by Doug Farrar
We're not yet 100 percent sure how Reggie Bush's knee injury will affect his ability to play out the year, but Bush and the Saints have both endured difficult follow-ups to their 2006 miracle season. If Bush does make the game itself, even as a spectator, there's a great career example for him on the opposing team.
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07 Dec 2007, 03:21pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's survey of interesting FO stats for all 16 games tells you why it will be a big week for T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Greg Jennings, and Roddy White, and why anyone who likes punt returns should watch Seattle-Arizona while anyone who likes kickoff returns should watch Cleveland-New York.
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02 Dec 2007, 11:21pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's ESPN MNF column looks at two things: How the Patriots compare to the teams covered in Eddie Epstein's book Dominance, and how their near-loss to Philadelphia compares to other near-losses by the NFL's greatest teams. Suffice it to say, one or two close wins doesn't say much about the Pats' overall greatness.
38 comments, Last at 07 Dec 2007, 1:31am by DP