2017 was indeed The Year of the Failed Completion. This is the stat where Joe Flacco stands out, but not in a good way. Also: a most conservative rookie, weird splits for Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, and more Jarvis Landry shortcomings.
19 comments, Last at 27 Feb 2018, 4:19pm by The Ninjalectual
Nick Foles channeled his inner Joe Montana and Jeff Hostetler for one of the best, most improbable playoff runs of the DVOA era. Tom Brady also saw his best postseason not result in a ring, which has been common in his career.
22 comments, Last at 10 Feb 2018, 10:33pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin
There were air yards. There were rushing yards. There were QB receiving yards. There were more yards in Super Bowl LII than in any other game in NFL history. The 2017 season ends like it began: with New England's defense getting destroyed.
At FiveThirtyEight, we looked at a few more stats to keep in mind for this Super Bowl, including New England's No. 1 ranking in weighted DVOA, its No. 31 ranking in defensive DVOA for the season, how Tom Brady has been dealing with pressure as he's gotten older, and how the game script has gotten so familiar in New England Super Bowls.
Jacksonville tried to steal the show, but the Patriots reminded us that quarterbacks are still the main attraction in the NFL. You can't hide them, but you have to protect them late in games. The Patriots did so again to pull off another fourth-quarter comeback.
92 comments, Last at 26 Jan 2018, 10:20am by Anon Ymous
At FiveThirtyEight, I did a mini-preview of championship weekend by looking at how the quarterbacks fared under pressure this season, and how these defenses could be a problem for them. Case Keenum and Tom Brady led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure this season, but things may not be as easy for Nick Foles and Blake Bortles.
Somebody has to Jeff Hostetler their way into Super Bowl LII. Will it be the Eagles, with a tenacious defense and home-field advantage? Or will it be the Vikings, who've gotten a better performance (and more of it) from backup-turned-MVP candidate Case Keenum?