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Analysis

What Should Jets Do With the No. 2 Draft Pick?

After putting together a two-game winning streak late in the season, the New York Jets’ presumed offseason plans took quite the drastic turn. When they were 0-13, the Jets were in position to select a generational quarterback prospect in Trevor Lawrence with the first pick in the NFL draft. With the 2020 season complete, the […]

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Assessing First-Round NFL Draft Picks By Approximate Value

No first-round draft pick is a sure thing. There are so many variables in play when it comes to selecting 21-year-olds that it becomes very difficult to predict which players will become valuable NFL additions and which ones won’t make an impact. However, there are trends in the success rate that indicate some teams and […]

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Study: Margin of Victory Weighted By Strength of Schedule

Margin of victory is a very simple statistic. The Steelers have a margin of victory of 10.3 this season, meaning they score an average of 10.3 more points per game than their opponent. If two teams had the same margin of victory average, though, it might not be equal. What if one of those teams […]

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Assessing Performance of the NFL’s New Defensive Coordinators

Last week, we took a look at how the new offensive coordinators in 2020 had their teams performing compared to the 2019 season. This week we look at the other side of the ball. There are 10 new defensive coordinators in 2020. The results of these coaches’ work is more varying than the offensive coaches. […]

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New NFL Offensive Coordinators Getting the Job Done

With the 2020 season now past the halfway point, we are seeing a fairly clear picture of the shape of each NFL team. Fans and GMs alike have had time now to assess how their new offseason additions have fared over the course of the first nine weeks of the season. There are nine offensive […]

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QB Accuracy On the Rise in 2020

Scoring has been up so far in the 2020 NFL season. Through the first eight weeks, teams are averaging 2.4 more points per game than in the 2019 season. One reason might be the lack of crowd noise, making it easier for quarterbacks to communicate on the field. Along with this significant increase in scoring, […]

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Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers Offense More Than Holding Their Own

The Steelers’ defense has been a dominant storyline of the 2020 season so far, and deservedly so. The Steelers have a roster loaded with playmakers on the defensive side of the ball and rank in the top 10 in almost every category. However, the Steelers’ offense is playing at an elite level and deserves as […]

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Player Retention in the NFL

Being able to evaluate, draft and retain talent is essential when building a successful NFL franchise. Teams that continually have success in finding serviceable players through the draft put themselves in a much better situation than teams that have to build their roster through free agency. Looking at the rosters this year and how teams […]

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Getting to the QB Is Key to Success in the NFL

Applying pressure on the opposing quarterback is one of the most important things a team can do to win games. Organizations are willing to pay a premium for players who are able to do this. As a matter of fact, 17 of the top 20 highest-paid players on defense in 2020 are paid to pressure […]

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