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28 Dec 2010

ESPN AGS: Bengals over Chargers

This week: Is it sometimes better to go without star receivers? Sunday's Bengals performance seems to suggest so, and even the Chargers have a higher DVOA this year without Antonio Gates than they do with him -- he's been amazing, but the rest of the offense hasn't been quite as good when he's in the lineup. Likely coincidence, but still interesting.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 28 Dec 2010

3 comments, Last at 29 Dec 2010, 8:49pm by Vince Verhei


by dryheat :: Wed, 12/29/2010 - 4:35pm

Why are the Bengals listed as 8-7 in the lead-in? Is this a colossal brain fart, or some irony that will become apparent to the INsider who chooses to read the rest? If the latter, please ignore.

EDIT: Or, I suppose a much more likely explanation is that it's supposed to say "Chargers" there.

by Vincent Verhei :: Wed, 12/29/2010 - 8:49pm

Argh. Yes, the Chargers, not the Bengals, are the AFC team most better than their record.

by RichC (not verified) :: Wed, 12/29/2010 - 6:10pm

" Likely coincidence, but still interesting."

Or it could be a sign that individual player DVOA isn't telling you what you think it is.