SCOTT SPRATT got into analytics through his baseball work for Sports Info Solutions and writing for ESPN and FanGraphs, but he loves football analytics because of the intricacies of the sport. He is a Sloan Analytics Research Paper Competition and Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner and was a 2018 finalist for FSWA Football Writer of the Year for his writing for Pro Football Focus. He is an elusive native Charlottean and has the Jimmy Clausen-given scars to prove it.
The 49ers scored a lot of long rushing touchdowns in 2019, and regression would typically pull down their projected total for 2020. But is it possible that Kyle Shanahan has developed a formula to consistently outperform that expectation?
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Here's our annual ESPN+ ranking of all 32 teams based on talent under the age of 25, led this year by the Baltimore Ravens. The New York Giants may surprise you at No. 2, followed by Arizona, Buffalo, and San Francisco. Check out all 32 teams here.
Offense is the order of the day down south, where the Panthers must figure out what to do with Cam Newton (or how to replace him), while the Saints need wide receivers and the Bucs need backs and linemen. As for the Falcons, they need pass-rushers -- yes, still.
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The Chiefs had already overcome double-digit deficits in their two previous playoff games this year, but their third such effort will be an unforgettable one for head coach Andy Reid. His aggressive play calling kept the Chiefs in the game, and then Patrick Mahomes won it with some incredible deep throws and third-down conversions.
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