By now you’ve probably scanned the traditional NFL stats compiled by the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Maybe you’ve even perused Pro Football Focus’ grades, or tried to dig in on the NFL’s Next Gen Stats site. We’re all trying to understand, first, how it is that these teams emerged from the […]
The Dak Prescott-Jerry Jones contract impasse dominated the offseason Dallas headlines, but it turned out to be irrelevant. Prescott is back (as expected) and well-compensated (as expected) thanks to the franchise tag. And with Mike McCarthy replacing Jason Garrett as head coach, CeeDee Lamb joining an already-loaded receiving corps, and Everson Griffen adding juice to the pass […]
When the Baltimore Ravens used an early pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to select a running back despite having previously signed Mark Ingram to a multi-year contract last offseason, some analysts were confused by what seemed like a luxury pick. Ingram was not one of them. Ingram believes Baltimore’s decision to draft Ohio State running back […]
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are reuniting in Tampa Bay. A month after signing the greatest quarterback in NFL history, the Buccaneers have traded a fourth-round pick for the greatest tight end in NFL history. From the Patriots’ perspective, it’s a no-brainer move. They’re picking up an extra draft pick for a guy who was […]
The NFL, as we hear every year after the Super Bowl, is a copycat league. More often than not, teams will emulate the Super Bowl champion as they try to build out their organization. Winning the Lombardi Trophy is the ultimate goal, so why not steal ideas from the team that actually does it? This […]
The way the two teams in this year’s Super Bowl made it this far couldn’t be any more different. The Chiefs are only one year removed from an overtime loss in the AFC Championship, and rode one of the league’s most explosive passing attacks to the Super Bowl. The 49ers are only one year removed […]
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 […]
It should be unsurprising that both the Rams and Patriots rank highly on offense. Both teams rank in the top ten in both EPA/Called Pass (includes scrambles and excludes spikes) and EPA/Called Run (excludes scrambles and kneel downs). The weakest unit based on average EPA is the Rams’ run defense, which could be in for a long day facing the fifth-ranked Patriots’ rushing offense.
There are expectations that Super Bowl LIII between the Patriots and Rams will be a high-scoring contest. The Rams ranked second in the NFL in points scored during the regular season. The Patriots ranked fourth. With that in mind, here’s a look at keys to the offenses in this game for each team.