Super Bowl 54 is giving us a dream matchup between one of the league’s most explosive offenses and one of its few truly dominant defenses. The Chiefs offense and 49ers defense will grab most of the headlines, but we have a fascinating matchup on the other side of the ball, as well. So how will […]
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 […]
This past weekend the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers cruised to relatively easy victories in their respective Conference Championships on the way to the Super Bowl. Their matchup will be talked about in excruciating detail over the next two weeks, but right now we will focus on the two teams they beat last […]
Stats are like podcasts: their numbers are seemingly endless, and it’s hard to know which one to listen to at a given time. That’s why when Sports Info Solutions came out with its Total Points stat, which had Aaron Rodgers as having created the most points in the NFL this season, eye brows raised. Who […]
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 […]
We spent the last two years laughing at Jon Gruden seemingly stumble his way through the task of rebuilding a Raiders team that crashed back down to earth after a brief resurgence led to a playoff appearance in 2016. For at least a moment, the jokes will have to stop. After an exhilarating 31-24 win […]
A lot has been made lately of the usage and success of deep passes in the NFL. Much to the delight of fans, offenses have steadily become more aggressive and more efficient passing the ball. Watching talented quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson break the pocket and launch a pass deep down the […]
For now, EPA is a decent measure that can contextualize yardage, indicate what is and isn’t valuable, and advise us of what the most prudent course of action is most of the time. But, we can’t stop there.