Wednesday Walkthroughs: Our favorite stats for understanding NFL football better

The nerds have won. Football is awash in advanced metrics, and even if it’s a little hard for the hardcore traditionalists to accept, it’s probably for the best. Still, sorting through the avalanche of numbers can be a challenge. To cut through some of that clutter, here’s a look at the stats some of our […]

Inside the advanced metric that loves Aaron Rodgers this season

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 […]

Tackles Don’t Matter: Evaluating Run Defense Through Statistics

Even with the increased emphasis on passing in the modern NFL, designed runs still account for close to 40 percent of all offensive plays. Yet, there still has been a general lack of quantifiable metrics to evaluate individual defender performance against the run. Tackles, forced fumbles, and only recently broken tackles make up the small […]

Throwing Metrics Around: Comparing Quarterback Value Statistics

Everybody loves talking about quarterbacks. They play the most important and visible position in American professional sports, after all. As a result, there have been a lot of different metrics created to evaluate them. We started with Wins and have come all the way to metrics using tracking data (e.g. Next Gen Stats’ Completion Percentage […]

2018 NFL Total Points Leaders

Earlier this year, we introduced the Total Points metric at FootballOutsiders.com. This stat was created to assess player value based on what a player is truly responsible for, using charting data and the Expected Points framework.

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