The New Orleans Saints are No. 1 in our DVOA ratings after Week 1, but what's really impressive is seeing all four NFC West teams in the top six. Plus, DAVE ratings are back for 2021, and we introduce our new NFL formula for Post-Game Win Expectancy. Which three games this week were won by the "wrong" team?
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Updated DVOA projections have the Kansas City Chiefs higher than the projection from Football Outsiders Almanac 2021, predicting a Tampa Bay-Kansas City rematch in Super Bowl LVI. Green Bay and Denver are also up; New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Baltimore have all declined since the book.
Football Outsiders would like to announce our new staff writers: Cale Clinton, JP Acosta, and Preston Pack.
Our long national nightmare is over. Well, maybe not, but for now we will not be subjected to Taysom Hill as a starting NFL quarterback. Sean Payton has made the better move and named Jameis Winston as his starting quarterback going into Week 1.
Football Outsiders' Loser League contest finally returns, and after a couple of years off it is back bigger than ever before!
More contract news for Sunday morning. Darius Leonard signs a huge extension with the Colts, and Xavien Howard restructures his deal with the Dolphins.
The latest in a series of new contract posts, this time it's Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen! Allen has signed a six-year extension that apparently doesn't kick in until after he plays the final two years of his rookie contract, so Allen is now signed through 2028.
New on ESPN+, our annual ranking of all 32 teams by talent under the age of 25. This year's list is led by Miami, Washington, and the Los Angeles Chargers. We had to decide which was better, overall young talent or a top young quarterback. We ended up with a No.
This is not news at this point, but we wanted to provide a place to discuss the coming changes in college football. Today, Oklahoma and Texas formally made their request to move to the SEC in 2025. There's a lot of legal work to be done, but this move is essentially going to happen.
The Steelers signed former Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Melvin Ingram to a one-year deal this afternoon. He probably bumps prospect Alex Highsmith from the starting lineup. Ingram is 32 and played only seven games last year due to knee injuries, and he had 0 sacks.