Inside the Numbers of the NFL’s Newest Top Division

by Chris Murphy

 

As the NFL regular season enters its final stretch, with each team having only 4 games to play, now is the time the time to diagnose who’s good, who’s bad, and who’s somewhere in between. While for most of the year fans have suffered massive expectation failures and relative mediocrity throughout the league, one division is doing all they can to field quality teams and make the NFL’s playoffs as exciting as possible. Yes, I am talking about the NFC South. Continue reading “Inside the Numbers of the NFL’s Newest Top Division”

Great Expectations: the Roberto Aguayo story

by Jack Graham

 

Among other things, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been plagued by the kicking struggles of rookie Roberto Aguayo throughout the 2016 season. Through 9 games, Aguayo has made only 9 of 14 Field Goals, a rate of 64% that qualifies him as the least accurate kicker in the league. Of course, these lackluster numbers would not typically be grounds for an interesting story, except for the fact that Aguayo also happened to be the Buccaneers second round draft pick. Continue reading “Great Expectations: the Roberto Aguayo story”

Who Is the Best Team in the NFL?

by Owen Tedford

 

How do you measure the best? Is it quantifiable at all or is it the intangibles that could never be measured that make a team better than another one? This question has been an issue for many years in college football and has been complicated in recent years with the creation of a four-team playoff. The problem is selecting which metric should be given the most weight, which has led to the creation of a number of new metrics for measuring the best. Continue reading “Who Is the Best Team in the NFL?”

NFL Divisional Realignment for Earth Day

by Max Kaplan   [Late edit] I was featured in an on-air interview to defend this article on Earth Day. Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and even the NFL can do its part to reduce its carbon footprint. I mean, just look at the divisions. Why must the Patriots travel all the way down to Miami every year when there are over twenty … Continue reading NFL Divisional Realignment for Earth Day

A Carpenter and His (De)Fense

by: Dana Fesjian And we are back. After six weeks of emotional ups and downs, the Bills have reached their first eight-win season in ten years, thanks to a Week 15 upset over the Packers. How long ago was that last eight-win season? Well, for starters, Sammy Watkins was 11 years old in 2004. Fred Jackson was earning $200 a week playing indoor football for … Continue reading A Carpenter and His (De)Fense

There is No Place Like Home

By Jeffrey Gleason

Nine weeks into the NFL season, no teams remain unbeaten. This could’ve actually been said after eight weeks, after seven weeks, and after six weeks as well. Week 5 was the last time an unbeaten team remained, when both the Cardinals and Bengals were sitting at 3-0.

However, after these same nine weeks, five teams remain unbeaten at home. The Patriots, Broncos, Eagles, Packers, and Cardinals have yet to lose on their own turf.

Home field advantage is a phenomenon that gets a lot of traction in sports. Experts often use it to justify their predictions and betting lines usually reflect the perceived advantage of the home side. However, people often generalize home field advantage with a “one size fits all” approach, acknowledging its presence, but assuming it displays a constant impact across different situations.

With five unbeaten NFL home teams and the recent impetus of a road team finally winning Game 7 of the World Series (the Giants topped the Royals on October 29th to capture their third championship in five years), I was interested in how home field advantage was quantitatively different in different situations. How does it vary across sports? Do both good teams and bad teams experience the same advantage? Is it magnified in the postseason? What about differences in earlier eras? These are the questions I set out to resolve.

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Betcha Can’t Choose Just One

By Dana Fesjian I started writing this article after the Bills went 1-3 in the preseason. But after they won their first two regular season games I thought Buffalo’s quarterback quandary had been resolved. Unfortunately I was wrong. Last November I also wrote an article about the uncertain future of Bills’ backup quarterbacks. Now that very same uncertainty has enveloped EJ Manuel. You’d think after … Continue reading Betcha Can’t Choose Just One