History of the Career Passing Yards Record

You may have heard that former Colts and Broncos great Peyton Manning has announced his retirement. He left the game as the career leader in touchdown passes and yards (on top of other, less notable records). He has been lauded by an adoring media and legions of fans, and deservedly so. However, with all the attention given to modern players, we often fail to properly remember former greats – legends of the game who paved the way for the sports celebrities of today. More than relics…

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Strength of Schedule Adjusted TAY/P

Last week, I posted the final team strength stats for the 2015 season. I concluded the article with my homegrown TAY/P stat, but having already included four other tables with commentary, I didn’t think taking the time to adjust for opponents was a wise move. I want to take a little more space to explain where the numbers come from, so I am giving strength of schedule adjusted TAY/P its own post. First, I’ll explain what TAY/P is, for the uninitiated. It stands for Total…

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2015 Final Team Strength Stats

The 2015 NFL season ended with an upset that surprised almost everyone. The Broncos, whose mighty defense carried the mostly inept offense to victory over the Led by Von Miller and a historically great defense, the 14-4 Denver Broncos upset the 17-1 Carolina Panthers (favored by 5.5 points).1 The Panthers were superior by every traditional and advanced measure of team strength. Sure, the Broncos had a defense for the ages, but the Panthers had a stout defense of their own, coupled with the league’s top…

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Thoughts After Week 10 2015

With 57% of the season in the rear view mirror, here are a few thoughts… A few weeks ago, I went on the Numbers Game Podcast with Matthew Freedman and Kevin Cole. When asked about mid-season MVPs, I named Tom Brady, Andy Dalton, Carson Palmer, and Aaron Rodgers as prime candidates (with a hat tip to Ben Roethlisberger, who has played incredibly when healthy-ish). Well, just a few short weeks later and it is now a two man contest. Sure, Cam Newton manufactures some incredible…

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Thoughts After Week 8 2015

I haven’t had time to do much more than update stats recently, so I figured I’d write a little something to prove I’m still alive. Here are some thoughts and statistical curiosities so far this season. Tom Brady is the clear frontrunner for MVP. I don’t think I am going out on a limb when I say that; I’m not even climbing the tree. He’s leading the best team in the league, and he’s doing it with a great set of box scores; voters love…

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2015 Week 3 Receivers

I present to you receiver stats from week 3. I didn’t have much time to watch receivers this week, so my normally brief analysis will be extra brief today. Oh, here’s some stats. Raw Stats This table contains general counting stats for receivers and tight ends and is sorted by receiving yards. Adjusted Stats This table shows the full statistical contribution of receivers and tight ends (adjusted scrimmage yards, or ASY). Read it thus: A.J. Green gained 312 adjusted catch yards at 31.20 per reception. That…

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2015 Week 3 Running Backs

Week 3 in the NFL featured an interesting group in the top ten rushing leaders. With the exception of Adrian Peterson, the top ten yardage leaders were a who’s who of who’s that.1 Sure, Frank Gore is a popular chap, but Frank Gore the Colt is not. Enough argumentative babble. Let’s look at the stats. Raw Stats This table includes general counting stats for running backs and is sorted by rushing yards. Devonta Freeman was a monster on the ground, leading all players in rushing…

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2015 Week 3 Quarterbacks

With the consummation of Monday Night Football, week 3 officially ended. With another grand performance, Aaron Rodgers secured his spot on the early season shortlist of potential MVPs. The other two strongest candidates, Tom Brady and Carson Palmer, also put up great performances. The season is still young, but this looks like a three horse race right now. Let’s have a look at what the numbers say. Raw Stats This table is sorted alphabetically and contains general box score information from every week 3 quarterback…

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2015 Week 2 Receivers

Week two saw some elder statesmen near the top, with some young bucks sprinkled in for good measure. Raw Stats This table is sorted alphabetically and contains raw receiving and rushing stats for receivers. There’s not much more to it than that. Tavon Austin and Jarius Wright led receivers in rushing this week. However, they didn’t do enough actual receiving of the football to merit any further discussion from me. Adjusted Stats This table is sorted by adjusted yards from scrimmage (ASY). Read it thus:…

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