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Evaluating Pass Rush & Blocking Using Opponent Adjustments

Because there are so few games in a season, stats can be skewed quite a bit if you face a particularly favorable or unfavorable matchup. The two most recent six-sack games, from Adrian Clayborn in 2017 and Osi Umenyiora in 2007, both came against backup left tackles. Their full-season numbers were inflated thanks to their ability to capitalize on a juicy matchup.

To that end, Sports Info Solutions has tried to find ways to evaluate player performance within the context of the opposition they’ve faced. Two examples of this strategy at work are Adjusted Blown Block Rate and Adjusted Pressure Rate, which adjust pass blocking and pass rush performance for the strength of opposition faced.

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