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Run Defense By Number of Backs, 2016
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Run Defense By Number of Backs, 2016

Our look at defensive success against multiple-back formations has us scratching our heads about Miami. Are the Dolphins linebackers better than their reputation?

3 comments, Last at 07 Jul 2017, 3:36pm by dbostedo
Run Offense By Number of Backs, 2016
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Run Offense By Number of Backs, 2016

Are fullbacks disappearing from the NFL? Yes they are -- but in cities like Green Bay, they are not dead yet.

13 comments, Last at 06 Jul 2017, 6:37pm by Vincent Verhei
2016 Offensive Personnel Analysis
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2016 Offensive Personnel Analysis

In which we ask the question: if you're not using 11 personnel, are you really playing modern football?

33 comments, Last at 03 Jul 2017, 8:15am by Aaron Brooks Good Twin
Defense and Pass Pressure, 2016
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Defense and Pass Pressure, 2016

Denver's defense was still great at producing pass pressure, while two NFC East teams really improved over 2015. Also: pressure splits by number of rushers, and how sacks can be overrated. Just ask Brandon Graham (or Erik Walden).

4 comments, Last at 24 Jun 2017, 8:49am by Whidbey Bronco
Quarterbacks and Pressure, 2016
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Quarterbacks and Pressure, 2016

A look at how passers did under pressure in 2016. Who extended the play the best: Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson? Is there any hope for Jared Goff after his rookie year? And does Ryan Tannehill consistently struggle with pressure more than his peers?

24 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2018, 5:37am by jordanss123
2016 Defeats
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2016 Defeats

The absence of J.J. Watt allowed a very surprising name (and his equally surprising teammates) to make the most big defensive plays in the league last year.

31 comments, Last at 22 Jun 2017, 10:56am by Noah Arkadia
Quarterbacks and Salary, 2016
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Quarterbacks and Salary, 2016

By almost any measure, Matt Ryan was the NFL's best passers last year, but Dak Prescott was nearly as effective despite being paid about 2 percent as much. Guest columnist Kevin Kolbe looks at the best values among quarterbacks in the last five years.

34 comments, Last at 20 Jun 2017, 10:32am by nat
2016 YAC+
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2016 YAC+

Which players were truly best last year at gaining yards after the catch? Featuring surprising wide receivers and a dominant Gronk. Also: why does Bill O'Brien's Houston offense fail to produce YAC no matter which quarterback he starts?

14 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2017, 1:49pm by wiilaim11
2016 Receiving Plus-Minus
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2016 Receiving Plus-Minus

Antonio Brown did not lead the NFL in receiving plus-minus for the third year in a row, so which wide receiver took his spot? Also: Dak to Dez, Gronk's unique season, the horrific Rams, and the running back with hands of stone.

10 comments, Last at 10 Mar 2018, 12:02pm by audrey.vt13
2016 Passing Plus-Minus
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2016 Passing Plus-Minus

Sam Bradford broke Drew Brees' record for completion percentage, but did he beat Brees to the best passing plus-minus? Also: a down year for the 2004 draft class, and an MVP falls to the bottom of the league.

21 comments, Last at 31 May 2017, 11:17am by Noah Arkadia