Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Nov 2007

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 12

Our ESPN.com look at matchups around the league goes up a little early this week, due to Thanksgiving. Speaking of which, thanks again to Ryan Wilson for helping out with the condensed schedule. This week, learn about the differences between St. Louis wide receivers, the similarity between Baltimore linebackers, and why Arizona has a special relationship with the officials.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 21 Nov 2007

6 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2007, 2:58pm by Costa

Comments

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by MJK (not verified) :: Wed, 11/21/2007 - 4:52pm

Wow, the Miami stat really reminds me how good self-evaluation of a team's talent is. Too often teams stick with an established, former all-pro veteran, until an injury demonstrates that he is slowing down and should be replaced by a young guy.

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by Cathedraticum (not verified) :: Wed, 11/21/2007 - 5:49pm

#1
That's ditto for the Bengals. Poor Rudi

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by Costa (not verified) :: Wed, 11/21/2007 - 7:57pm

1:
Indeed, it's very interesting, but let's not be too quick to assume either with only 3 games worth of data. Correlation/Causation, Sample Size and all that jazz.

We should keep an eye on Derrick Pope this Monday though to see if there's anything more than coincidence to it though.

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by Costa (not verified) :: Wed, 11/21/2007 - 7:58pm

Apologies for not re-reading (-_-)

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by Bobman (not verified) :: Wed, 11/21/2007 - 9:33pm

Seattle has the best defense between the 40 yard lines... That's just 20% of the field, and isn't that a little like being the tallest midget in town? It's like telling my wife, "Honey, you look acceptable."

Once the opponent gets a little past midfield you are not supposed to let up. Very quirky stat and I wonder if there's any rational cause and effect, or if it's just purely random?

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by Costa (not verified) :: Thu, 11/22/2007 - 2:58pm

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Probably just purely random, but then again, I think many of the stats put up in this column every week are meant to just highlight interesting, if not necessarily meaningful, statistical curiosities.