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At the 33rd Team, former NFL executives, coaches and players come together to help educate and inform avid football fans with the help of graduate students from around the country.

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NFL Week 13 Game Notes

Cleveland 41 (9-3), Tennessee 35 (8-4) Top Passers: CLE- B. Mayfield, 25-33, 10.1 ypa, 4-0 TD-INT TEN- R. Tannehill, 29-45, 8.6 ypa, 3-1 Top Rushers: CLE- N. Chubb, 18 carries, 4.4 ypa, 1 TD TEN- D. Henry, 15 carries, 4.0 ypa, 0 TDs Top Receivers: CLE- R. Higgins, 6 catches, 15.8 yards per reception, 1 […]

Analysis

Las Vegas Raiders Plummet 14 Spots in This Week’s Discipline Index

Remember back in the day when the Raiders were always the most penalized team in the NFL? If we had something like the Discipline Index back then, the Raiders would always be near the bottom of the pack. But the Las Vegas Raiders have been a fairly disciplined bunch — until now. The Discipline Index […]

Analysis

Rams Have NFL’s Best First-Down Success Rate

There’s so much focus in NFL analysis these days on third-down success that we forget to evaluate the importance of early-down success. Any team’s success on third down has a lot to do with how effective it was on first and second down. Taking a closer look at first-down success may help us draw conclusions […]

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Small-School College Stars of Week 13

Thanksgiving week is typically a time in football where the NFL dominates the headlines as families prepare fantastic feasts and give thanks to all that is good in the world. However, college football gave us plenty of stories to write home about – none more impressive than Jaret Patterson, the running back from the University […]

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Week 12 NFL Matchups to Watch

Here are some interesting Week 11 matchups that are worth watching: Chiefs (9-1) at Buccaneers (7-4) The Chiefs have the best EPA per play of any offense in the league, but when the Bucs faced the second-most efficient offense — the Packers, in Week 6 — they held them to only 10 points, forced two […]

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Rams Continue to Dominate the Big Play Index

The 33rd Team introduced the Big Play Index to show how NFL teams stack up in terms of big plays produced and big plays allowed. Through 11 weeks of the 2020 season, the Los Angeles Rams continue to dominate the Big Play Index with a differential of plus-22. As a reminder, we are defining a […]

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AFC Teams Dominate the Discipline Index

The top five teams and seven of the top 10 in this week’s Discipline Index are from the AFC. Does that mean the AFC is the better conference? That’s up for debate… but it’s safe to say that more AFC teams are better at minimizing their mistakes. As a reminder, the Discipline Index combines penalties, penalty […]

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NFL Week 11 Game Notes

Some interesting nuggets from each of Sunday’s Week 11 games: Cleveland 22 (7-3), Philadelphia 17 (3-6-1) Top Passers: CLE- B. Mayfield 12-22, 9.3 yards per attempt (ypa), 0-0 TD-INT PHI- C. Wentz 21-35 6.7 ypa, 2-2 Top Rushers: CLE- N. Chubb, 20 carries, 5.7 ypa. 0 TDs PHI- M. Sanders, 16 carries, 4.1 ypa, 0 […]

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Rams Continue to Rule Big Play Index

The 33rd Team introduced the Big Play Index to show how NFL teams stack up in terms of big plays produced and big plays allowed. Through 10 weeks of the 2020 season, the Los Angeles Rams continue to have the best Big Play differential at plus-18. As a reminder, we are defining a Big Play […]

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