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2017 DVOA by Routes: Quarterbacks
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2017 DVOA by Routes: Quarterbacks

Why isn't there more route variation for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay? Was Eli Manning still washed up on the most common routes in 2017? And we offer solutions for Jameis Winston's vertical woes and the right kind of fade for Derek Carr.

3 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2018, 9:13pm by greybeard
2017 DVOA by Routes: Receivers
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2017 DVOA by Routes: Receivers

Our intro to DVOA by routes focuses on receivers. Which wideout was the best at the game's two most common routes? Also: an argument in favor of the fade, how the Dolphins should replace Jarvis Landry's screens, and T.Y. Hilton's wacky 2017.

4 comments, Last at 19 Aug 2018, 4:09am by Theo
FO Mailbag: Does Defense Dip Down in December?
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FO Mailbag: Does Defense Dip Down in December?

A question from a reader has us diving into week-by-week DVOA splits, looking at how both run and pass defense change over the course of the year. Is wear and tear to blame for defensive declines, or does Old Man Winter have something to say?

14 comments, Last at 14 Aug 2018, 12:54pm by crw78
2017 Slot vs. Wide: Defense
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2017 Slot vs. Wide: Defense

The Jaguars went from last to first in DVOA on wide targets after adding A.J. Bouye. How will other teams fare in 2018 after the movements of Richard Sherman, Patrick Robinson, and Tyrann Mathieu?

Predicting the 2019 Hall of Fame Class
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Predicting the 2019 Hall of Fame Class

Our 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame predictions find three first-ballot locks. Is Tony Gonzalez the greatest tight end of all time? Also: Ed Reed's brilliance, a crazy trade for a running back, and what do we do about London Fletcher and Asante Samuel?

40 comments, Last at 09 Aug 2018, 1:29pm by Steve B
2017 Slot vs. Wide: RBs and TEs
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2017 Slot vs. Wide: RBs and TEs

Can Saquon Barkley diversify the New York offense? Is Le'Veon Bell really that unique of an offensive weapon? Just how great was Rob Gronkowski again, and how badly did Dallas misuse Jason Witten?

5 comments, Last at 02 Aug 2018, 8:59pm by LionInAZ
2017 Slot vs. Wide: Quarterbacks
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2017 Slot vs. Wide: Quarterbacks

Part II of our look at slot vs. wide focuses on quarterbacks. Who did most of his work throwing to the boundaries, and who was more prone to work the middle of the field? Includes obligatory mentions of Deshaun Watson, Jared Goff, and Jimmy Garoppolo.

3 comments, Last at 29 Jul 2018, 3:58pm by Vincent Verhei
2017 Slot vs. Wide: Wide Receivers
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2017 Slot vs. Wide: Wide Receivers

Part I of our look at slot vs. wide focuses on wide receivers. What dilemma faces the Minnesota offense? And what kind of impact will Jarvis Landry have in Cleveland?

2 comments, Last at 25 Jul 2018, 2:13pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin
Success of Players by College Conference: Defense
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Success of Players by College Conference: Defense

Does the SEC produce more NFL defenders than other conferences? Yes. Does it produce the best NFL defenders? That's complicated.

3 comments, Last at 24 Jul 2018, 11:30pm by Tom Gower
2017 Play-Action Defense
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2017 Play-Action Defense

Our look at play-action pass in 2017 flips to the defensive side of the ball. Carolina was historically good, Houston was historically bad, and a long-standing question about year-to-year correlation gets cleared up.

3 comments, Last at 20 Jul 2018, 9:35am by Aaron Brooks Good Twin