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Football Outsiders Almanac 2009 (PDF)

"A book that any self-respecting NFL fan needs to purchase." -- Bill Simmons,

This is the PDF download version of the best annual guide to the NFL, Football Outsiders Almanac 2009. Plus, FOA is now the best annual guide to college football as well!

(This is the book that used to be known as Pro Football Prospectus. The product being sold here is an electronic version. If you would like to buy a printed copy of the book for $21.95, please click here.)

Football Outsiders Almanac 2009

For the over 14 million people who play fantasy football every year; for the hardcore fan who wants information beyond sports page recaps; for everyone who bets on the NFL; and for the smart, casual enthusiast looking for entertainment and insight comes the essential preseason annual. With numerous statistical measures that go far beyond standard NFL stats, Football Outsiders Almanac gives NFL fans the kind of sabermetric-like statistical analysis that revolutionized the fan's understanding of baseball. It's also written with a knowing dry wit that gets under the skin of America's most popular spectator sport.

The New York Times Magazine compared Aaron Schatz to Bill James, the legendary guru of baseball statistics. Schatz and his team at are revolutionizing our understanding of professional football with their own collection of advanced and revelatory statistics as well as the results of the Football Outsiders Game Charting Project, which has broken down the last four seasons of NFL games far beyond what is available in the official play-by-play.

Plus, brand new for 2009 is expanded college football coverage featuring the innovative stats of Bill Connelly and Brian Fremeau. There are stats and commentary on every team from the six BCS conferences, plus a baker's dozen of important independents and non-BCS programs. Like FO's NFL coverage, this college football analysis goes past just ranking the FBS teams 1-120 to break down the strengths and weaknesses of each program.

"The most accurate insight into why teams really win and lose." -- Jim Schwartz, new head coach of the Detroit Lions

Inside Football Outsiders Almanac 2009

  • Groundbreaking team and player DVOA ratings that correct for situation and opponent to reveal which offenses and defenses are truly superior, and which players really help win games.
  • Exclusive data from the Football Outsiders Game Charting Project, unavailable in standard NFL stats, tells you which receivers run the longest patterns on both complete and incomplete passes; which quarterbacks benefit the most from yards after catch; which teams most often blitz or run specific offensive formations; and which defensive backs stop the other team's passing game, measured by pass coverage on every single play rather than just tackles.
  • Extensive coverage of all 32 teams with week-by-week stats from the 2008 season, five-year performance trends, and analysis of off-season personnel changes.
  • Exclusive 2009 predictions that give the odds on each team as a Super Bowl contender ... or a contender for the top pick in the 2010 draft.
  • 2009 fantasy football projections for more than 500 skill position players based on the KUBIAK forecasting system.
  • Breakdowns on more than 75 different college football teams and full projections of which teams are in the hunt for the BCS Championship.
  • The NFL's 32 medical staffs ranked and analyzed.
  • Play breakdowns for the NFL's latest fad formation, the Wildcat.
  • New research on projecting rookie wide receivers, the importance of red zone stats, and college recruiting.

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