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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2015 Week 1 Receivers

As you may have gleaned in my running backs post, I have come down with a sickness that has left me in a stupor. Thus, I will forego the standard analysis I generally include and instead just post the stats. Raw Stats Read this table thus: A.J. Green had 5 receptions for 63 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 3 first downs. He had 1 drop and 8 targets, and he had 0 fumbles on receiving plays. He didn’t carry the ball, so he didn’t have any…

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2015 Week 1 Running Backs

I normally provide stats and brief analysis for QBs, RBs, and receivers every week, but this week I have been overwhelmed by a disease of unknown origin. Times are tough, gang. This week, I’ll just post the stats without comment. Raw Stats The following table displays raw stat totals for every running back with at least one carry, reception, or target.  Read it thus: Adrian Peterson had 10 carries for 31 yards, 0 touchdowns, 0 fumbles, and 2 first downs. He also had 3 receptions…

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2015 Week 1 Quarterbacks

Week one of the 2015 NFL season is in the books. Let’s look at some quarterback stats. Raw Stats The first table contains simple, raw stats for QBs. Read it thus: Aaron Rodgers completed 18 of 23 passes for 189 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interception. He took 0 sacks, so he didn’t lose any yards on sacks. He picked up 10 passing first downs, and he didn’t spike the ball to kill the clock. He had 8 official carries for 35 official yards, 0…

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1990s NFL Offenses

If you’ve been following along in this series on the history of NFL offenses, you’ve probably noticed that, although the overall trend in productivity has been positive, there is much ebb and flow within that upward trend.1 After a league-wide offensive explosion in the eighties, innovative defensive coaches began devising successful strategies to slow down the opposition. After peaking in 1985, offensive output began to slow down; in 1992, the league reached its lowest mark since 1978.2 As usual, the base metric for offensive performance…

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1980s NFL Offenses

The 1980s was an exciting time to be a fan of offensive football. The Dark Ages had passed, and Kings from the West led offenses out of the fog and into a new era of enlightenment. Bolstered by rules changes from the previous decade, the passing game became a more favorable option than ever. The defense-dominated seventies were over; a decade of offensive decadence was upon us. TAY = Yds + 20*TD + 9*(1d – TD) – 45*Int – 25*Fmb1 Incorporating first downs into the equation…

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1970s NFL Offenses

If you’ve been following along, you know that I am exploring NFL offenses by the decade. Yes, a decade is an arbitrary constraint to set on something like this, but when put together as a whole, this series weaves a rich tapestry that highlights the evolution of offensive football at the major professional level. We’ve seen how offensive output rapidly increased in the thirties and forties before experiencing a more gradual increase in the fifties and sixties. We’ve also examined the ways in which the…

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AFL Offenses

Regulars know that I am in the middle of a series in the history of NFL offenses.1 Over the long course of the league’s history, only two rivals have ever seriously challenged the NFL – both enough to force an eventual merger. As I did with the All American Football Conference, I am giving the American Football League its own article, separate from the NFL. Much like the AAFC before it, the AFL was known as a far more offensively oriented league than the contemporary…

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