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Aaron Schatz

Founder of Football Outsiders
Editor-in-Chief
Creator of DVOA and DYAR
Boston, MA

Compared to Bill James by The New York Times Magazine, and attributed as a “founding father of football analytics” by The Ringer, AARON SCHATZ is the creator and Editor-in-Chief of Football Outsiders. Aaron is also the creator of most of the original statistical methods (DVOA, DYAR) used in NFL analysis on this website, as well as Lead Writer, Editor, and Statistician on the book series Football Outsiders Almanac  (published since 2009). He also writes for ESPN.com and ESPN+, and appears weekly during the NFL season on the Off The Charts podcast. During the 2011 season, he was a regular panelist on the ESPN2 show Numbers Never Lie. Before Football Outsiders, Aaron spent five years as a radio host at WBRU Providence and WKRO Daytona Beach, and three years as the writer and producer of the Lycos 50, the Internet's foremost authority on the people, places, and things that are searched online. He has written on sports, politics, and taxes for a number of publications including The New RepublicThe New York TimesThe Boston GlobeSlateThe American Prospect, and the Boston Phoenix. Aaron resides in Worcester, Massachusetts and yes, is a New England Patriots fan.

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Are the Titans Overrated?

The top five teams in our DVOA ratings remain the same, led by Buffalo and Arizona. So let's look at some other teams. Why aren't the 5-2 Titans and Raiders higher in our ratings? And what is Seattle doing in the top 10 at 2-5?

NFL Week 7 • October 26, 4:05 pm ET
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NFL Week 7 • October 26, 4:05 pm ET
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Bills Come Back to Earth

Buffalo is still on top of the DVOA ratings, but the Bills are much closer to the rest of the league after Monday night's loss to Tennessee. The NFC dominates after that with the Cardinals, Rams, Bucs, and Cowboys rounding out the top five. Plus, a look at run funnels vs. pass funnels and Detroit vs. the history of 0-6 teams.

NFL Week 6 • October 19, 3:30 pm ET
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NFL Week 6 • October 19, 3:30 pm ET
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Zach Ertz Dealt to Arizona

Zach Ertz is being traded to the Arizona Cardinals, ending a long wait for him to be traded out of Philadelphia. The Eagles are getting sixth-round rookie cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round pick in return. It's worth noting that while Ertz had lost his spot as Philadelphia's No.

October 15, 11:24 am ET
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October 15, 11:24 am ET
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Buccaneers: Stronger Than the Average Defending Champion

Tampa Bay comes out better than average when we compare them to the average defending champion in DVOA. Kansas City comes out below average for a defending Super Bowl loser, but by less than you might expect. Plus, a mini Thursday night Bucs-Eagles preview!

October 14, 10:55 am ET
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October 14, 10:55 am ET
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