Ranking the Players in the NFL Playoffs

The NFL Playoffs begin on Saturday after a wild final week of the season. Using a variety of stats, the players at each position can be ranked, allowing us to look for mismatches and big matchups. Offense Quarterbacks To rank the quarterbacks in the NFL, I used a combination of four advanced stats. Three of … Continue reading Ranking the Players in the NFL Playoffs

Why NFL Teams Should Use Running Backs by Committee

As a football game progresses, players get more and more tired. While players are usually fresh at the beginning of a game, they are usually fatigued by the end after having played for hours. Even though we know that NFL players get tired as a game goes on, we do not know how their fatigue … Continue reading Why NFL Teams Should Use Running Backs by Committee

Finding the NFL’s Best Deep Passers

Passing in the NFL is as important as ever, as teams put all their resources into finding their franchise quarterback and allowing him to succeed. One desirable quality of a franchise quarterback is the ability to push the ball downfield and be efficient when throwing deep. Teams with a quarterback who can throw deep often … Continue reading Finding the NFL’s Best Deep Passers

NFL Offensive and Defensive Ratings

Analytics in football have not progressed as far as analytics in basketball. The NBA's primary advanced metric that people use to assess overall team performance is net rating. More specifically, net rating is found by subtracting a team's defensive rating, the points allowed per 100 possessions, from their offensive rating, the points scored per 100 … Continue reading NFL Offensive and Defensive Ratings

QB Wins and MVP Rating: New Quarterback Stats

Quarterbacks are by far the most important position in the NFL. Having a great quarterback will lead to sustained success and a chance at a Super Bowl for any team lucky enough to attain one. However, there are not many stats that capture the full impact of a quarterback. Yet, only two stats are used … Continue reading QB Wins and MVP Rating: New Quarterback Stats