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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.

3 comments, Last at 02 Oct 2017, 9:40am by PatsFan

ESPN: Week 4 DFS Matchups

At ESPN Insider, some of our favorite Week 4 DFS matchups include Matthew Stafford, Chris Carson, Michael Thomas, and Charles Clay.

ESPN: Which Teams Have Most Non-Draft Eligible Talent?

In the NFL, we do an annual list of all 32 teams ranked by young talent, under the age of 25. Now we have a college version: the top 10 teams based on players currently in their first or second seasons. It looks like the next couple years in the Big 10 could be very exciting.

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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ESPN: Week 3 DFS Matchups

At ESPN Insider, some of our favorite Week 3 DFS matchups include Matthew Stafford, Carlos Hyde, Martavis Bryant, and Jason Witten. We're also fading Cam Newton's salary as he takes on the Saints without Greg Olsen.

ESPN: Ranking 0-2 Teams by Playoff Odds

You've all heard those stats about how only 12 percent of teams since 1990 have made the playoffs after starting 0-2. Yet at least one team has done it each of the past four seasons. Who has the best chance this year? Unfortunately, the best 0-2 team so far is also stuck in a division with three 2-0 teams.

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ESPN: Week 2 DFS Matchups

At ESPN Insider, some of our favorite Week 2 DFS matchups include Tom Brady bouncing back with Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks, and what should be a better week for Carson Palmer, Julio Jones, and Jimmy Graham.

ESPN: 2007 Patriots vs. 2017 Patriots

Here's a piece on ESPN Insider, comparing the 2007 Patriots and 2017 Patriots position group by position group. Which team is better? It depends if you look at the average projection for the 2017 Patriots, or the best-case scenario projection. This was originally for ESPN The Magazine but got spiked for space; numbers are from an earlier version of projections and won't quite match the updated projections we ran yesterday.

1 comment, Last at 07 Sep 2017, 12:50pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin

ESPN: Week 1 DFS Matchups

At ESPN Insider, some of our favorite matchups for DFS in Week 1 include Cam Newton, Todd Gurley, Amari Cooper, and Zach Ertz. We're also taking a walk on the wild side with Jared Goff against an Indianapolis defense that had 2016's worst pass rush and will not have Vontae Davis available on Sunday.

ESPN: Ranking NFL's Hardest Schedules, 1-32

New ESPN Insider feature here, ranking all 32 schedules based on average DVOA of projected opponents. There's also some commentary on the hardest and easiest parts of each schedule, and the quirks, like the fact that the NFC South schedule is all packed into the end of the season while the Jets for some reason play most of their AFC East games early on.

3 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2017, 11:44am by Cheesehead_Canuck