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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Offense to Defend the Planet

I’ve been traveling a lot over the past few weeks and haven’t had much time for research and writing, so the history of offense series has been stalled. I apologize for that. I planned on finishing my promised piece on AFL offenses last week, but Matt Waldman of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio unexpectedly invited me to participate in his RSP Writer’s Project. When a man I respect tremendously offers me an opportunity to contribute to his site, I jump at it. So no AFL post…

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1960s NFL Offenses

If you’ve been following along, you know I’m in the middle of a series on NFL offense in each decade.1 Generally, offenses that gain a lot of yards and score a lot of points are held in the highest regard in our collective memory. Winning titles and fielding a few Hall of Famers doesn’t hurt either. My approach, however, is to focus more on teams who were efficient over a large volume of plays. As usual, I am using Total Adjusted Yards as my primary…

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1950s NFL Offenses

If you’re just tuning in, this is a continuation of my look at NFL offenses throughout history. I started in the 1930s before moving on to the offenses of the NFL and the AAFC in the 1940s. Today, I’m taking a look at 1950s NFL offenses. After the NFL-AAFC merger, the talent level of the league was at a then-all-time high. Both offenses and defenses were better than ever, and the increased use of the forward pass seduced more and more fans to stadiums. Moreover,…

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