Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Dec 2016, 01:41pm by Aaron Schatz

Ranking NFL QB Supporting Casts

This is a really interesting analysis by our friend Greg Bedard, looking at a variety of metrics from both FO and PFF (blocking, run game, weapons, coaching, and defense) to get an estimate on which quarterbacks are in the best situation to succeed. The Rams and Browns are worst, but Vikings are very low (Cian Fahey is nodding now). At the top are the Steelers, the Patriots (coaching, remember?) and the Cowboys. Please ignore the fact that the SI website layout makes me want to stab my eyeballs out and often includes self-launching video, and read the article anyway, because it is good.

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27 comments, Last at 29 Dec 2016, 4:33pm by Frip88

19 Dec 2016, 02:02pm by Aaron Schatz

Insta-Graham: Bills-Browns Recap

In case you have not seen it yet, Tim Graham's Bills-Browns recap in the Buffalo News is a work of art.

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4 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2016, 2:57pm by In_Belichick_We_Trust

16 Dec 2016, 05:35pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL Is Botching Kickoff Returns

A lot of readers have asked me to run numbers on kickoff returns this year, to find out if returners really are making a mistake by taking it out of the end zone so often. I never have found the time, so it's nice that Benjamin Morris at FiveThirtyEight has done it for me.

"If the entire league had simply taken a knee on these 356 kickoffs it returned out of the endzone, it would have saved a combined 1,108 yards of field position."

So stop taking the damn kickoffs out of the end zone. Stop it already. Just stop.

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10 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2016, 8:34pm by LionInAZ

15 Dec 2016, 03:14pm by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: December 15

Today's edition of the Off The Charts podcast covers the recent improvements in both Green Bay and Tampa Bay, and looks through this year's MVP candidates. Find out why I'm seriously promoting Justin Tucker as one of the five most valuable players in the NFL this season. No, really.

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15 Dec 2016, 01:23pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Best/Worst Offensive Lines of 2016

New ESPN Insider feature, using FO and ESPN stats to measure offensive lines in both pass blocking and run blocking. New Orleans is a surprising No. 1, because Dallas allows more pass pressure than you probably realize. One of the teams playing tonight is in the bottom five; surprisingly, one of tonight's teams is not.

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1 comment, Last at 16 Dec 2016, 6:46am by eggwasp

14 Dec 2016, 06:12pm by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Week 15 Playoff Odds

Here's this week's ESPN playoff odds commentary, looking at an odd week where lots of games have major seeding ramifications but only one has major ramifications as far as whether both teams make it into the playoffs or not.

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13 Dec 2016, 07:28pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 14 DVOA Ratings

New England and Dallas keep the top two spots in DVOA, improving a little over last week. Meanwhile, Green Bay's DVOA skyrockets and Seattle plummets, as the Seahawks suffer their worst loss since Matt Hasselbeck was still the starting quarterback.

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74 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2016, 7:02pm by DezBailey

09 Dec 2016, 04:04pm by Aaron Schatz

Off The Charts Podcast: December 9

This week's Off The Charts podcast looks at last night's Raiders-Chiefs game and what those teams can do going forward. Plus a closer look at the Detroit Lions and the Monday night Ravens-Patriots tilt. (Click for audio link.)

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3 comments, Last at 09 Aug 2017, 9:29am by Martha Simons

07 Dec 2016, 02:29am by Aaron Schatz

ESPN: Week 14 Playoff Odds

The weekly playoff odds commentary on ESPN Insider goes further in depth on just how important Thursday's Oakland-Kansas City game is for determining who represents the AFC in Super Bowl LI, plus notes on all the other teams still contending for the postseason.

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06 Dec 2016, 07:13pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 13 DVOA Ratings

The New England Patriots climb to No. 1 in DVOA, but they aren't a great team, because this is The Year of No Great Teams. In fact, no No. 1 team in any week of DVOA has ever been rated lower. (Note: Table errors fixed as of Wed. morning.)

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76 comments, Last at 13 Dec 2016, 7:34pm by DezBailey