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21 Nov 2017, 06:46pm by Aaron Schatz

Raiders Fire DC Ken Norton

Well, it was nice for the Raiders to do this right after I sent out a bunch of tweets about how bad their defense is. Oakland is 32nd in defensive DVOA right now. If the season ended today, the Raiders would have the second-worst pass defense in DVOA history, one-tenth of a percent behind the 2015 Saints.

The Raiders are allowing a 72.3 percent completion rate. Joe Flacco has only four games this year with 200 passing yards, only three completing 70 percent of passes, and only three with no interceptions. There's only one game where he did all three things. It was against Oakland.

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14 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2017, 2:20pm by Bright Blue Shorts

21 Nov 2017, 05:55pm by Aaron Schatz

SITE NEWS: Half-Season Premium Specials / T-Shirts Return!

Time to announce a couple of new special half-season premium products. (Click to read more.)

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2 comments, Last at 23 Nov 2017, 4:01am by Andrew Potter

21 Nov 2017, 01:20pm by Aaron Schatz

New York Jets: Culture of Celebrated Mediocrity

Good article here by Jets blogger Joe Caporoso pointing out how badly the Jets have built their roster. Essentially, the Jets have spent the most money on the least important positions. They have gone cheap at quarterback, edge rusher, cornerback, and left tackle. They pay heavy for 3-4 defensive linemen, safeties, and guards. Combine that with a history of celebrating non-playoff seasons as moral victories, and you end up with a team that seems like it will go 6-10 until the end of time.

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13 comments, Last at 25 Nov 2017, 6:32pm by serutan

16 Nov 2017, 01:27pm by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: November 16

This week on the Off The Charts podcast: Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor benching, the decline of the Denver pass defense, and previews of Rams-Vikings and Seahawks-Falcons. Plus, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate comes on to talk about the New Orleans Saints' suddenly stalwart defense. (Click for audio link.)

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15 Nov 2017, 12:09pm by Aaron Schatz

Bills Bench Taylor, Start Peterman

I don't even know where to start with this decision. I don't know why the Bills have been so intent on getting rid of Tyrod Taylor, but the time to do it is the offseason not the midseason. The guy is the most underrated quarterback in the game, he's been average this season according to DVOA, and you're going to bench him for a fifth-round rookie? A lot of Bills fans complain that the problem is too many third-down checkdowns to Mike Tolbert. Well, Taylor's ALEX on third down was 4.0 in 2015, 2.6 in 2016, and then 0.1 this year. Maybe the checkdown problem isn't about Taylor himself.

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92 comments, Last at 19 Nov 2017, 10:54pm by The Ninjalectual

14 Nov 2017, 08:11pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 10 DVOA Ratings

The Rams strengthen their hold on the No. 1 spot by moving to the top on defense as well as special teams. The Saints move up to No. 2 to build a 1-2-3 NFC sweep of the top spots. Plus: A look at teams with a recent trend of improving after slow starts or falling apart after fast starts.

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136 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2017, 7:43pm by DezBailey

14 Nov 2017, 02:11pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Schedule Strength for Playoff Contenders

Here's the annual look at the hardest and easiest second-half schedules for playoff contenders. In case you didn't realize how imbalanced the conferences are this year, the hardest schedules are all in the NFC, and the easiest schedules are all in the AFC, with Jacksonville and Kansas City way ahead of everyone else. It's nearly impossible for the Jaguars to miss the playoffs at this point.

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4 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2017, 4:31pm by Aaron Schatz

12 Nov 2017, 04:58pm by Aaron Schatz

The Kids Are Alright

Good post here on the Eagles blog "McNabb or Kolb," showing that quarterback performance in the second year seems to predict a player's career a lot better than performance as a rookie. That's very good news for fans of Carson Wentz or Jared Goff.

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1 comment, Last at 13 Nov 2017, 2:06pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin

10 Nov 2017, 11:16am by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: November 9

Hey, after a week off, the Off The Charts podcast has returned! This week's topics: Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, running backs against stacked boxes, and a preview of the Cowboys-Falcons game. (Click for audio link.)

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09 Nov 2017, 04:52pm by Aaron Schatz

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension is ON, Again

A three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied Ezekiel Elliott‘s motion for an injunction blocking his suspension. It will start this Sunday against Atlanta, going through Week 15. Probably. This thing has changed so many times, I have whiplash.

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44 comments, Last at 13 Nov 2017, 3:31pm by Richie