Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

10 Jan 2008, 12:41am by Aaron Schatz

Bill Simmons Podcast for Divisional Round

Time for another edition of the Bill Simmons podcast on ESPN.com, featuring football talk with all of Bill's friends and... me. I'm like an honorary Friend of Bill Simmons! This week's "mistake I didn't realize until later" is identifying the Green Bay nickel back as Patrick Dendy (last year's guy) instead of Jarrod Bush. Podcast is in the top right of the Sports Guy page (linked) and I think I'm second up this time, not first.

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13 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2008, 3:33pm by Mystyc

03 Jan 2008, 07:19pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Wild Card Weekend

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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26 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2008, 6:06pm by Jim G

03 Jan 2008, 12:40am by Aaron Schatz

Bill Simmons Podcast for Wild Card Weekend

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.

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24 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2008, 12:33am by BC Pat

27 Dec 2007, 09:12pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 17

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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23 comments, Last at 30 Dec 2007, 1:43am by Mac

24 Dec 2007, 02:13am by Aaron Schatz

Before the Turner Frenzy Begins, Consider These Cautionary Tales

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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12 comments, Last at 27 Dec 2007, 6:06am by Scott

20 Dec 2007, 07:15pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 16

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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11 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2007, 5:20pm by Greg

16 Dec 2007, 02:03am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Vikings' Run Dominance Might Not Be Enough

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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28 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2007, 5:24pm by BDC

13 Dec 2007, 04:22pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 15

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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11 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2007, 11:24am by elhondo

08 Dec 2007, 07:06pm by Doug Farrar

ESPN: Dunn Should be a Model for Bush

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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20 comments, Last at 11 Dec 2007, 2:12pm by Tom

07 Dec 2007, 03:21pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 14

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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5 comments, Last at 10 Dec 2007, 12:37am by B