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Mismatches In The NFL: A Look At LB vs. WR/RB Matchups

The NFL is a matchup-driven league. On each play, there are many individual matchups occurring that can swing the outcome. Teams that can scheme more optimal matchups for themselves and mismatches for their opponents often end up with a win. 

Mismatches come in many forms, such as finding a way to get Aaron Donald one on one with your opponent’s worst lineman or splitting Aaron Jones out wide on a linebacker. For this analysis, we will use Sports Info Solutions charting data to focus on the latter case of mismatches, which will be defined as a linebacker lined up pre-snap directly across from a running back or wide receiver in the slot or out wide. 

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