A weekly look at the most aggressive and conservative quarterbacks on third downs.


ALEX Week 15: Ben Roethlisberger's Risk Taking
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ALEX Week 15: Ben Roethlisberger's Risk Taking

Ben Roethlisberger is throwing the deepest passes on third-and-short, reminiscent of another signal caller, but he is still having success.

1 comment, Last at 22 Dec 2015, 1:03pm by FlippingADollar

ALEX: Week 14 and Touchdown Passes

One NFC North quarterback has been his usual self, but another has taken the conservative approach in 2015. Also: a look at ALEX and touchdown passes over the last decade. Alex Smith is where you expect him, but a forgotten gunslinger threw the longest touchdowns among his peers.

6 comments, Last at 16 Dec 2015, 8:56pm by LionInAZ

ALEX: Week 13 and the Largest ALEX Plays Since 2006

The data supports Aaron Rodgers as a vertical specialist, so why didn't Jim Caldwell know to defend the Hail Mary? We look at the largest ALEX plays since 2006 and some interesting calls by the Texans in Buffalo.

12 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2015, 12:47pm by bravehoptoad

ALEX: Week 12

Which receivers have the highest and lowest ALEX on third down this season? Also, Week 12's updated stats show a very aggressive Ben Roethlisberger on third-and-short that can only be rivaled by... Blaine Gabbert? It's a weird season indeed.

1 comment, Last at 30 Nov 2015, 7:27pm by Perfundle

ALEX: Week 11 and Screen Passes

Just how successful are screen passes on third down, and are they too conservative of a call? We also look at Week 11's most conservative and aggressive plays, including the return of Tony Romo.

18 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2015, 6:51pm by OSS-117

ALEX: Week 10 and Distance Index

This week in ALEX, Mark Sanchez throws a dud with the game on the line, and Ben Roethlisberger racks up a bunch of pass interference penalties. Also: an improved look at ALEX by distance and DVOA. We found one area where the 2015 Browns are succeeding.

18 comments, Last at 19 Nov 2015, 8:23am by nat

ALEX: Week 9 and Short vs. Stick Throws

We recap Week 9 with a new range index, but first look at throws made 1 yard short of the sticks. How much better is it to throw at the sticks (0 ALEX)? We looked at each distance for the last nine years.

43 comments, Last at 08 Mar 2016, 8:28pm by Eleutheria

ALEX: Week 8

We look at the leaders and last-place finishes in ALEX since 2006. There could be record numbers in 2015, and a three-peat. Plus, this week: sloppy play in Pittsburgh, and the Patriots beat the odds on another screen.

16 comments, Last at 04 Nov 2015, 11:58pm by alan frankel

ALEX: Week 7

Even the worst quarterbacks are aware of the importance of getting the ball past the sticks on fourth down, so what happened with Matt Cassel's ill-fated checkdown against the Giants? Plus: Drew Brees hits a rare bomb and the Steelers hope to get back to success with Ben Roethlisberger.

2 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2015, 10:08pm by tuluse

ALEX: Week 6

This week's lowest ALEX belongs to Denver again. How successful is a short pass on third-and-15? How successful is a long pass on third-and-1? We look at the historic data on a few key conversions in Week 6 victories, along with updated season rankings for third down ALEX.

10 comments, Last at 22 Oct 2015, 7:36pm by Vincent Verhei