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The 2015 Saints were the worst defense we have ever measured, and Brandon Browner set a single-season record for penalties, so it's no surprise to see him at the bottom of the coverage tables.
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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.
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.
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?
27 Jul 2016, 12:23pm by Guest
8 comments, Last at 28 Jul 2016, 4:02pm by ChrisS
25 Jul 2016, 12:11pm by Guest
Patrick Peterson's dominant coverage was a big reason the Cardinals won their first division title in six years.
8 comments, Last at 26 Jul 2016, 7:31pm by Aaron Schatz
21 Jul 2016, 03:14pm by Cian Fahey
The Bucs' rookie made a lot of big plays last year, but he'll need to cut down on turnovers and sloppy throws to live up to his draft status.
60 comments, Last at 12:49pm by aceofsween
20 Jul 2016, 12:52pm by Aaron Schatz
Part II of a preview of the Strategic Tendencies comments and some of the other stats you'll find in the upcoming Football Outsiders Almanac 2016. We've gone through and found one positive number for each offense in 2015. Some of these splits are significant for illuminating the strengths and weaknesses of each team's personnel. Other splits tend to oscillate wildly from year to year, and a great performance in 2015 may not indicate that a team will be equally strong in the same ways in 2016.
2 comments, Last at 9:36am by pokemon
20 Jul 2016, 12:06pm by Andrew Potter
Why is the fullback disappearing from the NFL? Partly because defenses like the Jets are absolutely ruining two-back sets.
5 comments, Last at 21 Jul 2016, 7:33pm by edholiday
18 Jul 2016, 12:37pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a bit of a preview of the Strategic Tendencies comments and some of the other stats you'll find in the upcoming Football Outsiders Almanac 2016. We've gone through and found one positive number for each offense in 2015. Some of these splits are significant for illuminating the strengths and weaknesses of each team's personnel. Other splits tend to oscillate wildly from year to year, and a great performance in 2015 may not indicate that a team will be equally strong in the same ways in 2016.
18 Jul 2016, 12:17pm by Andrew Potter
This season, the Rams return to Los Angeles for the first time in 22 years. It's fitting that their offense these days is decades behind the times.
17 comments, Last at 20 Jul 2016, 7:15pm by Sherman
14 Jul 2016, 12:22pm by Cian Fahey
Cian Fahey does not like that, explaining that the Washington quarterback's "improvement" late last year was more perception than reality.
53 comments, Last at 22 Jul 2016, 11:11am by Aaron Brooks Good Twin
13 Jul 2016, 04:09pm by Guest
The Broncos once again finish at the top of the charts, but it was their division rivals in San Diego who were most reliant on a strong pass rush last year.
11 comments, Last at 17 Jul 2016, 10:43am by Noah of Arkadia
11 Jul 2016, 03:00pm by Guest
You don't often hear Jay Cutler names as on the of the NFL's top passers, but no quarterback was better under duress in 2015.
2 comments, Last at 14 Jul 2016, 1:51pm by nosoop4u
08 Jul 2016, 11:26am by Sterling Xie
The Broncos weren't just the best defense in the NFL -- they also may have been the best play-action defense we've ever measured.
6 comments, Last at 12 Jul 2016, 12:11am by galactic_dev
08 Jul 2016, 11:21am by Vincent Verhei
Here's a little ESPN feature where the FO staff went through and chose one underrated player from each of the 32 teams. Sometimes, an underrated player is a quality player who isn't well known. Other times, it means a player who most fans think is good but who is really great.