Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 Nov 2017, 12:41pm by Rivers McCown

ESPN: Midseason Top 25 Prospects 2017

Here is the second annual midseason version of the Top 25 Prospects list, headed this year by a couple of Cincinnati Bengals edge rushers, Carl Lawson (1) and Jordan Willis (6). We also get high appearances from Alvin Kamara, Rasul Douglas, and Tarik Cohen. A reminder: this is the list of "under-the-radar" players, young players chosen in the third round or later.

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14 Nov 2017, 02:11pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Schedule Strength for Playoff Contenders

Here's the annual look at the hardest and easiest second-half schedules for playoff contenders. In case you didn't realize how imbalanced the conferences are this year, the hardest schedules are all in the NFC, and the easiest schedules are all in the AFC, with Jacksonville and Kansas City way ahead of everyone else. It's nearly impossible for the Jaguars to miss the playoffs at this point.

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09 Nov 2017, 11:43am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Playoff Odds After Week 9

Here's another ESPN Insider article going through the FO playoff odds with commentary. Find out why our numbers love the Rams and Steelers so much, and why the AFC playoff race has so few competitors.

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02 Nov 2017, 01:26pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: NFL's Top 10 Offenses

This week, a look at the NFL's top 10 offenses in DVOA, breaking down strengths and weaknesses using stats from Sports Info Solutions and ESPN Stats & Info.

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27 Oct 2017, 12:03pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: NFL's Top 10 Defenses

For ESPN Insider, here's a look at the top 10 defenses of the year by DVOA. I break down some of the strengths and weakneses for each, and look at certain trends that might indicate continued success -- or regression to the mean.

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19 Oct 2017, 01:06pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Playoff Chances for Struggling Contenders

Our latest ESPN Insider feature looks at some struggling contenders: what's gone wrong, and what are the chances those teams can rebound and make a playoff run? Regression hit Oakland harder than expected, and it hit the Tampa Bay defense just like we expected. What's happened to Dallas is a little harder to understand.

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13 Oct 2017, 12:17pm by Scott Kacsmar

ESPN: NFL's Five Most Improved Offenses

For ESPN Insider, we looked at the five offenses that have made the biggest improvements in DVOA since last season, and whether or not they will sustain their success for the rest of 2017.

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04 Oct 2017, 09:27am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Playoff Odds After Week 4

Here's a closer look at the FO playoff odds on ESPN Insider, with notes on how they've shifted and why certain teams have defied expectations.

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29 Sep 2017, 11:36am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Will Defense Doom Patriots?

Can the Patriots possibly win the Super Bowl with defense this bad? The answer is probably not, but the defense is not likely to be this bad all year. Still, it won't be as good as expectations, and that means the Pats are no longer prohibitive favorites. On the other hand, the team that ranked 32nd in defense after three weeks of 2016 almost won the Super Bowl. This article is free, not Insider.

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21 Sep 2017, 12:14pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Best Coordinators of the Past 25 Years

Or, the Wade Phillips List. The headline here doesn't quite get at what we were trying to do, which was look at coordinators with success at multiple stops. So we only included those coaches who have led units for at least three franchises in the last 25 years. Al Saunders and Ernie (not Ken) Zampese top the offensive list, Phillips the defensive list, and Scott O'Brien the special teams list. (Dave Toub has only worked for two franchises, so he didn't qualify to be listed.)

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