What happened to our historic season of offense? Defenses have been winning the day since the start of December, especially in New Orleans where the offense is struggling and the defense is surging. The Saints move up to No. 3 in DVOA and take over as the Super Bowl favorites in our playoff odds report.
This week on the Off The Charts football podcast, we do a review of the Chargers' big comeback against the Chiefs and then preview three big games of the upcoming weekend: Miami at Minnesota, New England at Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia at the Los Angeles Rams. (Click for audio link.)
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This week's Upset Watch looks at what the Chargers need to do to go on the road and win in Kansas City. They match up well against Travis Kelce, but can they stop Tyreek Hill from burning them deep again? Cover Watch looks at Carolina's desperate need for a win against New Orleans.
Chicago's big win over the Rams moves the Bears into position as a historically dominant defense while also moving the Chargers up in DVOA to set up DVOA Bowl XIX this Thursday night. Plus, in-depth on the Rams' record-setting offensive line season, and why DVOA isn't as high as conventional wisdom on the Dallas Cowboys.
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Time for a new Off The Charts podcast. This week we update the playoff picture and then preview three big weekend games: Philadelphia at Dallas, Baltimore at Kansas City, and Minnesota at Seattle. (Click for audio link.)
Former FO writer J.J Cooper is still at his day job over at Baseball America, and he looks here into the question of whether Kyler Murray should play baseball or football. Basically, compared to someone like Jeff Samardzija, playing the quarterback position changes the numbers significantly. Quarterbacks get paid more than other positions, and they last longer. So Cooper's estimate is that Murray would make more money and make it sooner if he declared for the NFL draft instead of joining the Oakland A's after Oklahoma's season is over.
On ESPN+ a look at each team's odds of winning the wild card and what needs to happen for each team to get into the playoffs. It's looking pretty good for the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Chargers, but the other two wild cards are very up in the air.
This week's Upset Watch looks at the huge Dallas-Philadelphia game on Sunday. What do the Eagles need to do to score the upset and become NFC East favorites? A lot of play-action and some better tackling would help. Cover Watch looks at Pittsburgh's trip to Oakland.
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The Chargers and Broncos rise to give us three AFC West teams in our top five. Plus, a further look at Baltimore's three-game winning streak and playoff odds in the NFC East with a huge game between Philadelphia and Dallas this coming Sunday.
The Off The Charts podcast returns after a week off with a look at Lamar Jackson vs. Joe Flacco, our take on the benching of Blake Bortles, and previews of this weekend's big games: Vikings at Patriots, Chargers at Steelers, and Redskins at Eagles. (Click for audio link.)