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Week 2 Quick Reads
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Week 2 Quick Reads

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the best quarterback in the league this year, followed closely by Patrick Mahomes. We put their starts in historical perspective (spoiler: they're really good) and ask if there's any significance to that. Plus, the best and worst passers, runners, and receivers of Week 2.

48 comments, Last at 20 Sep 2018, 7:08pm by Steve in WI
Week 2 Open Game Discussion
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Week 2 Open Game Discussion

Here is this week's Football Outsiders open game discussion thread, the place to discuss all the games all weekend long, starting with the kickoff contest Thursday night between Baltimore and Cincinnati and continuing through Monday Night Football when the Seahawks take on the Bears.

101 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2018, 10:32pm by Normantom
Browns Trade Josh Gordon to Patriots

Browns Trade Josh Gordon to Patriots

Well, did not see this coming. The Cleveland Browns have announced they will release Josh Gordon, the uber-talented, uber-troubled wide receiver. (UPDATE: Actually, they traded him to New England for a fifth-round pick.)

32 comments, Last at 23 Sep 2018, 1:31am by Theo
Week 1 Quick Reads
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Week 1 Quick Reads

While the quarterbacks in New Orleans were putting up epic fantasy numbers, a rookie special teamer was quietly threatening to put his name in the NFL's all-time record books.

94 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2018, 2:09pm by Richie
For a Passing League, the NFL Still Doesn't Pass Enough

For a Passing League, the NFL Still Doesn't Pass Enough

For a lot of Football Outsiders, this won't come as a big surprise, but NFL coaches tend to run way too often, even in long-yardage situations where passing would seem to be a much better strategy. Josh Hermsmeyer at FiveThirtyEight shows all the data and finds only one team that passed more than it ran on second-and-long: your reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

7 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2018, 8:40pm by Pat
2018 Staff Predictions
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2018 Staff Predictions

Which teams and players will surprise their fans this season, and which will disappoint? Who will win the Super Bowl, and who will pick first in the draft? The FO staff makes their predictions for 2018, which looks like a long season for the Buffalo Bills.

18 comments, Last at 09 Sep 2018, 5:11pm by Bob B.
Jets Trading Bridgewater to Saints

Jets Trading Bridgewater to Saints

The New York Jets are trading quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints. The news was first reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

21 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2018, 10:26am by Mike B. In Va
FOA 2018 Media: SB Nation (FINAL UPDATE)

FOA 2018 Media: SB Nation (FINAL UPDATE)

Once again this year, we've worked with SB Nation to answer questions about Football Outsiders Almanac 2018 and the upcoming NFL season. We'll post answers for each team as they are published. (Click to read more.)

Odell Beckham Gets Paid

Odell Beckham Gets Paid

The New York Giants have signed wide receiver Odell Beckham to a five-year, $96 million contract extension. He is guaranteed $65 million, the most ever for a wide receiver, and will average more than $20 million over the next three years.

According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, the only players in the league with more guaranteed money are Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins. The deal will average $19 million per year, second among non-quarterbacks behind Von Miller.

The Browns' Suckiness Defies Math And Reason

The Browns' Suckiness Defies Math And Reason

Neil Paine at FiveThirtyEight has put together a fun feature (well, it's fun if you're not from northeast Ohio) showing that entering their 20th season since returning to the NFL, the Cleveland Browns are basically right back where they started: an expansion-quality team.

2 comments, Last at 23 Aug 2018, 7:38am by jtr