All four NFC West teams have the same problem, one they share with a lot of other teams. Why do so many offenses rush more in one direction even though they gain far more yards per carry in the other direction? Do coaches just have no idea about team strengths? Plus, more notes on what our new stats say about the Cards, Rams, Niners, and Seahawks.
Continuing our division-by-division look at our new stats. How screwed are the Falcons by Michael Vick's injury? How amazing is the Bucs defense, and what is their secret weakness?
Continuing our division-by-division look at our new stats. Which side of the great Denver o-line is best? Which AFC West offense specializes in plays up the middle, and which AFC West offense avoids the middle?
What kind of insane football fans hold their own fantasy draft two months before the season, each picking six different teams? Our own Ian and Al, that's who.
Some teams showed completely different pass offenses with two different quarterbacks in 2002. If one of those quarterbacks is now out of the picture, what does that mean for those teams and their offensive efficiency... not to mention your fantasy draft? (No, Vick is not included, since the only WR that had a different value with Doug Johnson was Shawn Jefferson, no longer in Atlanta.)
Continuing our division-by-division look at our new stats. Is Jeremy Shockey really an average TE? Are NFC East QBs headed for trouble this year? What makes Philly's rush D so good?
Which coaches win the close ones? We rank the last 20 years of coaches based on the ability to win more games than expected based on point differential. The top coaches have something unexpected in common... and the coach at the bottom is even more surprising.
Which players face easier or harder fantasy schedules this year? Do schedule changes year to year affect fantasy value more than real value, or vice versa?
Welcome to the first edition of a weekly column here at Football Outsiders, Scramble for the Ball. Each week Ian and Al will take a look at what's going on in the NFL from a fan perspective, including fantasy football advice, office pool picks, and players we love and hate.