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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2015 Week 2 Running Backs

Week two of the NFL season is over, and there were some great (and terrible performances) to discuss. Let’s get to it. Raw Stats This table displays standard rushing and receiving stats for running backs, including first downs and separated fumbles. Take a moment to type “PHI” into the search box at the top right of the table so you can find yourself perplexed by the rushing production of Chip Kelly’s latest experiment. Nine rushing yards from Sam Bradford kept the Eagles out of the…

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2015 Week 2 Quarterbacks

Through two weeks of NFL action, we still can’t really know who anyone is on the field just yet. However, it’s still fun to make insane judgments based on small sample sizes. Let’s look at a small sample size of numbers and see what nonsense we can come up with. Raw Stats This table is sorted alphabetically, but you can sort to your liking. You probably know how to read it, so I won’t patronize you. This week, only Russell Wilson and Ryan Tannehill spiked…

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Beast of Burden: Denver’s Defense

For much of Peyton Manning‘s incredible career, his offenses have been tasked with carrying the team to victory. Depending on your definition of success, those offenses were either very successful, pretty successful, or frustratingly disappointing.1 The problem with being too reliant on one group is that, if that group struggles, the team typically cannot find a way to overcome the adversity. Smaller players built to rush the passer while playing with double-digit leads aren’t usually quite as effective at stopping opponents from running the ball.…

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