Digging a bit deeper into the splits of the defense in the first four week it's extremely startling just how inconsistent the defense has been. Not from a game-to-game basis but from a half-to-half basis within a single game. If you take the best halves of each game the defense looks like a...
I was never a Drew Bledsoe pimper. And I would NEVER contend that he is better than Brady. No one would. But in the 15 odd years since Drew left NE, I think, as a fan base, we have forgotten just how good Drew Bledsoe WAS, especially when you think back and remember most of his yards were...
FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | QUARTERBACKS 2016
They see Garoppolo as one of the five best passing QBs of the season so far on both of their key metrics, DYAR (which is a volume-based stat) and DVOA (which is adjusted for the number of plays). In particular...
Even Down Two QBs, The Patriots Are Playing With House Money
Fun, short read. Money quote:
"In fact, it’s now likely that they’ll make it through Brady’s suspension with a better record than we’d have expected if Brady had played all along."
A few years ago, a sports writer commented on a team's start and the odds of making the playoffs.
1st game - every other team loses, so it's usually not big deal, unless a key player is injured or you get beat by a team you should have owned.
2nd game - If you are 0-2, it's time to worry. Note...
Good article that reveals the following surprising statistic:
... nobody in Patriots history has ever averaged more yards per carry than LeGarrette Blount.
He’s carried the ball an even 400 times, and he’s averaged 4.57 yards per carry. Corey Dillon averaged 4.2. So did Kevin Faulk and Shane...
BREAKDOWN: Jimmy Garoppolo's Passing Chart vs Arizona
Here's a statistical look at Jimmy Garoppolo's throws on Sunday night, including a passing chart showing where he had the most success.
By The Numbers: Patriots 23, Arizona 21
While we are all still basking in the after glow of a hard fought upset road victory against a quality team, here are some numbers from Sunday night's game at Phoenix.
Patriots By the Numbers, Fun Facts Before the Cardinals Kickoff
The Patriots open up the season in Arizona on Sunday. So with the wait before the game on Sunday night, here are some interesting numbers to pore over.
Alright, everyone's favourite game.
Only rules I am using are that injuries are not accounted for, and only players on the current roster/practice squad are eligible. Both of those two things means none of this will be accurate, but helps to keep things easier to navigate. With those...
Five quarterbacks who thrived -- and five who stunk -- vs. the blitz in 2015
Solid reporting and analysis from, yes, ESPN.
th;dr (Too hating; didn't read):
Blitzing a lot generally seems like an unsuccessful strategy.
The Patriots are a leading example of that, on both sides of the ball.