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Covering the 2016 Draft

FO's Tom Gower checks in from Chicago with a first-person account of what it's like to cover the NFL draft on the scene.

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Week 20 DVOA Ratings

In the NFC Championship Game, Carolina puts up the biggest single-game DVOA of the year and one of the 10 best in DVOA history. The Panthers now go into Super Bowl 50 as clear favorites.

112 comments, Last Comment at 31 Jan 2016, 2:53am by Pantherpryde

Jan 25, 2016 09:20pm by Aaron Schatz || read all DVOA Rankings and Analysis articles

Word of Muth: Super Bowl Wrap-Up

An erratic but improving offensive line played a big part in Denver's championship win.

20 comments, Last Comment at 24 Feb 2016, 8:53pm by tuluse

Feb 11, 2016 11:43am by Ben Muth || read all Word Of Muth articles

Super Bowl 50 Quick Reads

Raise your hand if you don't care how bad Peyton Manning's numbers were so long as the Broncos won.

86 comments, Last Comment at 11 Feb 2016, 8:49am by ChicagoRaider

Feb 08, 2016 01:00pm GMT by Vincent Verhei || read all Quick Reads articles

Film Room: Josh Norman

Washington just locked up a smart, talented player, but there's a reason the Panthers were unwilling to yield to his contract demands.

21 comments, Last Comment at 27 Apr 2016, 12:52pm by Never Surrender

Apr 22, 2016 05:05pm by Cian Fahey || read all Film Room articles

Audibles: 2016 NFL Draft Day 2

In which the FO staff tries to make sense of whatever the hell the Titans are doing.

33 comments, Last Comment at 02 May 2016, 5:57pm by Kaelik

Apr 30, 2016 05:25am GMT by Andrew Potter || read all Audibles articles

FEI Final: Alabama Again

The national championship game will long be remembered for the flurry of scores over the final ten minutes, but two key stops by Alabama before that flurry began were just as crucial.

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Jan 13, 2016 12:03pm by Brian Fremeau || read all Fremeau Efficiency Ratings Articles

OFI: Another Alabama Championship

In one of the most exciting college championships since Texas-USC, Alabama defeated Clemson thanks to special teams and explosive plays.

2 comments, Last Comment at 13 Jan 2016, 1:37pm by rbennett99

Jan 12, 2016 04:55pm by Chad Peltier || read all One Foot Inbounds articles

SDA: The Best Possible Championship

This is the best possible championship game we could have gotten, with Alabama and Clemson as the two top teams with nearly equal top-end talent. But does Clemson have enough depth to get the win?

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Jan 10, 2016 04:08pm by Chad Peltier || read all 7th Day Adventure articles

Varsity Numbers: A Couple of Goodbyes

Bill Connelly says goodbye to the 2015 college football season ... and says goodbye to Varsity Numbers.

2 comments, Last Comment at 15 Jan 2016, 7:02pm by andrew

Jan 15, 2016 02:27pm by Bill Connelly || read all Varsity Numbers articles

Any Given Sunday: Vikings Over Packers

The NFC North championship game featured two teams that were more alike than many might imagine. Was Minnesota even a true underdog?

11 comments, Last Comment at 06 Jan 2016, 10:48am by PatsFan

Jan 05, 2016 03:59pm GMT by Sterling Xie || read all Any Given Sunday articles

The Month in Quotes: March 2016

After free agency and before the draft, Peyton Manning takes center stage in the NFL one last time.

6 comments, Last Comment at 22 Apr 2016, 7:15pm by Eric S. Smith

Apr 01, 2016 03:08pm by Guest || read all The Week in Quotes articles

Scramble for the Ball: 2015 in Review

Andrew and Sterling recap Denver's win over Carolina and their takeaways for the 2015 season.

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Feb 10, 2016 12:37pm by Andrew Healy and Sterling Xie || read all Scramble articles

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02 May 2016, 01:06pm by Tom Gower

Covering the 2016 Draft

FO's Tom Gower checks in from Chicago with a first-person account of what it's like to cover the NFL draft on the scene.

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30 Apr 2016, 05:25am by Andrew Potter

Audibles: 2016 NFL Draft Day 2

In which the FO staff tries to make sense of whatever the hell the Titans are doing.

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33 comments, Last at 02 May 2016, 5:57pm by Kaelik

29 Apr 2016, 03:52pm by Guest

Teams Don't Know Jack

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack fell out of the first round of the 2016 draft due to injury concerns. What does the FO injury database tell us about similar cases in the past?

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15 comments, Last at 8:33am by Guest789

29 Apr 2016, 09:27am by Andrew Potter

Audibles: 2016 NFL Draft Day 1

The biggest news of Day 1: Teams taking big gambles on risky quarterbacks, and players dropping for surprising reasons.

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47 comments, Last at 01 May 2016, 11:16pm by Kaelik

26 Apr 2016, 02:49pm by Nathan Forster

Introducing BackCAST

Our new, more detailed running back forecast system isn't big on the 2016 draft class, but it has a clear favorite in mind, and also likes the potential of some mid-round sleepers.

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16 comments, Last at 01 May 2016, 11:43pm by Dan

26 Apr 2016, 09:17am by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: 2016 NFL Draft Guides

At ESPN Insider, our staff has pinpointed each team's biggest need, a quiet need and a position that's not a need heading into this week's draft.

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22 Apr 2016, 05:05pm by Cian Fahey

Film Room: Josh Norman

Washington just locked up a smart, talented player, but there's a reason the Panthers were unwilling to yield to his contract demands.

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21 comments, Last at 27 Apr 2016, 12:52pm by Never Surrender

22 Apr 2016, 01:13pm by Guest

The East Coast Scheduling Bias

Why is the NFL so reluctant to change a scheduling process that handicaps so many teams?

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66 comments, Last at 28 Apr 2016, 10:36am by brianstonelake

14 Apr 2016, 02:27pm by Andrew Healy

QBASE 2016

The Los Angeles Rams now have a tough choice to make at the top of the 2016 draft, but our QB projection system has a clear favorite: Jared Goff.

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62 comments, Last at 3:21am by nath

06 Apr 2016, 09:55am by Tom Gower

2010 NFL Draft: Six Years Later

The 2010 draft was loaded with talent at tight end, defensive line, and in the secondary. Quarterback? Running back? Not so much.

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59 comments, Last at 02 May 2016, 11:41am by cjfarls

05 Apr 2016, 06:01pm by Nathan Forster

SackSEER 2016

A lackluster crop of edge rushers is highlighted by an SEC player whose upside barely outshines his weaknesses.

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17 comments, Last at 08 Apr 2016, 3:25pm by Travis

04 Apr 2016, 02:23pm by Andrew Healy

QBASE 2016 (ESPN Insider Version)

This year's Football Outsiders QB projections absolutely love California's Jared Goff, who now ranks among the top 10 QB prospects of the past two decades according to QBASE. It is a lot less excited about Carson Wentz, but that comes with a bit of a caveat: we had to try to incorporate FCS prospects into the system in order to project Wentz, and the same method would have underrated FCS prospect Joe Flacco. We'll write more about the Wentz and FCS issue in an expanded FO version of QBASE to run next week.

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