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01 Feb 2018, 02:56pm by Aaron Schatz

Super Bowl LII Preview

The Patriots will look to speed things up while the Eagles look to slow things down in a Super Bowl that presents a closer matchup than a Brady-Foles quarterback duel might otherwise suggest.

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01 Feb 2018, 02:41pm by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: Super Bowl LII Edition

Here we go with a MONSTER preview of Super Bowl LII that hits on all kinds of stats including: which receivers each defense is vulnerable against, which type of coverage each quarterback excels against, and how pass pressure has changed for the Eagles offense with Nick Foles replacing Carson Wentz. (Click for audio link.)

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31 Jan 2018, 10:48pm by Aaron Schatz

Aggressiveness Index 2017

Yes, Doug Pederson went for it on fourth-and-1 more often than any other head coach in the NFL this year. That was partly because he was aggressive, and partly because no head coach had anywhere near as many opportunities.

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22 comments, Last at 21 Feb 2018, 9:12pm by Obat Pembesar Penis

27 Jan 2018, 02:25pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Ranking the 16 Brady-Belichick Teams

For ESPN, I've ranked all 16 of the Brady-Belichick teams going back to 2001. Which one comes out on top, and which one on the bottom? We've emphasized postseason success by giving double credit for postseason DVOA and extra credit for winning the Super Bowl... but still, three of the top five teams are teams that did not go all the way to a championship. This is free, not Insider.

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25 Jan 2018, 04:06pm by Aaron Schatz

This Is The XFL, Version 2.0

In this Sports Business Journal article, Vince McMahon suggests that he's more interested in a serious football league this time around, not the crazy half-wrestling/half-football hybrid he attempted with the original XFL. The plan is to spend two years putting it together instead of just one, starting play in the spring of 2020 with 8 teams and a 10-week season. McMahon is hoping for faster games and more simplified rules when it comes to stuff like "what is a catch." He's planning to sign players who just missed NFL rosters, not to compete with the NFL for players. "It’s an opportunity to really re-imagine football -- not reinvent it," he says.

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20 Jan 2018, 12:38am by Aaron Schatz

2018 Conference Championship Open Thread

Here's the open thread for pregame and live discussion of Sunday's two conference championship games: Jacksonville at New England (CBS, 3:05 pm EST) and Minnesota at Philadelphia (FOX, 6:40 pm EST).

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19 Jan 2018, 04:53pm by Aaron Schatz

AFC Championship Preview 2018

To stop Blake Bortles, the Patriots will have to stop throws in the short middle of the field. To stop Tom Brady, the Jaguars will have to get pressure with four even though Brady was among the best QBs in the league under pressure this season.

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18 Jan 2018, 05:06pm by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: January 18

This week's Off The Charts podcast is packed to the gills with stats to help preview the AFC and NFC Championship Games. Did you know how good the Jaguars are on play-action? Who's better against pressure: Tom Brady or Case Keenum? Are you curious which teams should run with zone-blocking and which with power? (Click for audio link.)

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18 Jan 2018, 02:28pm by Aaron Schatz

Eagles' Secret Weapon? An Analytics-Fueled Attack

There's a lot of talk about the Cleveland Browns and analytics, but as we keep saying around here, plenty of other NFL teams have been using analytics over the last few years. This Tim McManus article discusses the way the Eagles use analytics: Doug Pederson goes for it more often on fourth down, while Jim Schwartz quizzes his defensive players on the percentages so they're ready for any situation. Fun fact: the head of the Philadelphia analytics department was an FO intern for a few months, once upon a time.

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15 Jan 2018, 02:49pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 19 DVOA Ratings

Weighted DVOA ratings after the divisional round show that No. 1 New England and No. 2 Minnesota have been trending up while Philadelphia and Jacksonville have been trending down.

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