Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

09 Sep 2008, 08:56pm by Aaron Schatz

2008 Quick Reads: Week 1

Here's the first Quick Reads featuring YAR and EYds. (That's right, the folks who didn't like the name "Equivalent Yards (EqYds)" won -- the name will be changed on all the sheets to "Effective Yards" in the next few days.) Sorry this is so late, we're still getting used to our ESPN filing schedule. As a bonus, it includes both Monday Night games.

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84 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2008, 5:32pm by Scott C.

09 Sep 2008, 08:54pm by Ned Macey

Any Given Sunday: Bears over Colts

The first Any Given Sunday of the ESPN era looks at the differences between Super Bowl XLI and this week's Chicago victory over Indianapolis.

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64 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2008, 4:15am by Subrata Sircar

08 Sep 2008, 05:53pm by Aaron Schatz

Do Division Games Feature More Upsets?

The first ESPN MNF feature of the season finds that, no, division games don't feature more upsets than other games, even if it sometimes seems that way when Oakland plays Denver or Green Bay plays Minnesota. Also, some small sample size fun with a look at which rivalry most often goes to the better team, and which big NFC East rivalry is actually won the majority of the time by the team with fewer wins overall.

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16 comments, Last at 11 Sep 2008, 7:27pm by El Nino Meon

05 Sep 2008, 12:20am by Bill Barnwell

FO on ESPN: Week 1 Matchups

This year, the matchups column you saw on Rotoworld last year will appear weekly on ESPN, with new, improved methodologies getting its back.

Instead of pinning my justification for the column on Alex Smith (not the smartest thing I've ever done), we're looking at the greatest back no one's ever heard of.

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25 comments, Last at 09 Sep 2008, 6:12pm by Phoenix138

04 Sep 2008, 01:12pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 1

Here's the season premiere of ESPN.com Numbers Crunching, featuring a look at a couple of interesting 2007 FO stats for each of this weekend's games.

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9 comments, Last at 10 Sep 2008, 12:05pm by TGT

02 Sep 2008, 10:02pm by Aaron Schatz

B.S. Report 9/2/08

I'll be appearing regularly on Bill Simmons' "B.S. Report" podcast this season; here's our first edition, with a look at lots of material from PFP 08 and many of my thoughts about the upcoming season. Link goes to Simmons' main page on ESPN; look for the podcast over on the right side.

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17 comments, Last at 06 Sep 2008, 10:02pm by Duff Soviet Union

02 Sep 2008, 09:59pm by Aaron Schatz

FO on ESPN: Top 10 Prospects

If you haven't had a chance to pick up Pro Football Prospectus 2008, here's a (slightly re-ordered) look at the under-the-radar prospects who top our second annual Top Prospects list.

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8 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2008, 12:08am by TomC

22 Aug 2008, 03:05pm by Bill Barnwell

FO on ESPN: Catch This

This week's ESPN column is about Wes Welker and his sublime catch rate from last year.

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14 comments, Last at 25 Aug 2008, 7:04pm by Matt Saracen - QB1 - Dillon Panthers

08 Aug 2008, 10:04am by Doug Farrar

FO on ESPN: Does Preseason Success Matter?

This week's ESPN piece discusses a particular preseason stat -- yards per carry -- which indicates first-year success for lesser-known (third-round or lower, or undrafted) rookie running backs. If you want to be ahead of the pack on the next Ahmad Bradshaw or Pierre Thomas, YPC over the average seems to be a good way to go. At the end of the preseason, I'll post a list of the qualifying rookie backs whose YPC is highest over the average.

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19 comments, Last at 30 Aug 2008, 5:24am by Miguel

02 Aug 2008, 08:56pm by Doug Farrar

FO on ESPN: Panthers' Sack Numbers Could Rebound

This week's ESPN column is about the "dramastic" sack decline suffered by the 2007 Carolina Panthers, and the rebound indicators for other teams with large dips in Adjusted Sack Rate from one season to the next.

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8 comments, Last at 05 Aug 2008, 1:17am by Bobman