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Running Backs Are As Replaceable As Ever This Year. So Why Did Kansas City Pick Up Le’Veon Bell?

Running Backs Are As Replaceable As Ever This Year. So Why Did Kansas City Pick Up Le’Veon Bell?

During Tuesday night’s , the New York Jets announced they had released two-time All-Pro running back Le’veon Bell. The 0-5 Jets reportedly attempted to , but general manager Joe Douglas apparently found insufficient interest. Rather than keep Bell on the roster, New York opted to cut him outright and accept a dead-money cap hit of . Although brief, Bell’s time in New York was profitable for him: In , Bell earned 1.7 times more than he earned during his six years and 62 games played as a Pittsburgh Steeler.On Thursday night, Bell landed on his feet, upgrading from to the reigning Super Bowl...

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Oct 16
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Scoring Is Way Up In The NFL. Which Teams Does That Help?

Scoring Is Way Up In The NFL. Which Teams Does That Help?

If you’ve watched the NFL this season and thought that there’s an awful lot of touchdowns being scored, you’re not wrong. Scoring is up across the NFL. Way up. Going into Week 5, teams had reached the end zone 371 times, the most through four weeks in NFL history. Teams are passing for — which would represent the highest rate in NFL history if it continues through the rest of the season. And the average NFL team is scoring 25.7 points per game, pushing the average combined point total .So what’s going on? There’s a host of possible explanations for the offensive explosion.Some have...

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Oct 9
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Patrick Mahomes Just Doesn’t Have Bad Games

Patrick Mahomes Just Doesn’t Have Bad Games

Patrick Mahomes played the best game of his young career Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens. The Kansas City quarterback passed for with no interceptions while rushing for a fifth TD, and he did it against a Baltimore team that boasted the best defense in football through two weeks of play. Mahomes’s (QBR) — ESPN’s signature metric that accounts for a quarterback’s value both passing and running the ball — was 97.7, tied for his career high.It’s no small thing to be on the receiving end of Mahomes’s best game. By halftime against Baltimore, he had become the in NFL history, two games...

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Oct 2
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Scheme (And Sacks) Might Be All That Separate Patrick Mahomes And Deshaun Watson

Scheme (And Sacks) Might Be All That Separate Patrick Mahomes And Deshaun Watson

After just one player for COVID-19 in the latest round of monitoring, the NFL season will kick off on schedule Thursday night with the Houston Texans at the Kansas City Chiefs. The game is a rematch of January’s AFC divisional playoff — one of the more thrilling games of the most recent season. A quick refresher for those who’ve forgotten: Houston jumped out to a commanding 24-0 second-quarter lead at Arrowhead Stadium, only to lose 51-31 in what would be the .In the months since — and despite a pandemic that threatens to slash for the first time since 2011 — Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes...

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Our New Metric Shows How Good NFL Receivers Are At Creating Separation

Our New Metric Shows How Good NFL Receivers Are At Creating Separation

Is Michael Thomas elite? On its face, that seems like an outrageous question. Michael Thomas, the New Orleans wide receiver who led the NFL in receiving yards and set an NFL record for receptions on the way to winning Offensive Player of the Year — that Mike Thomas might not be an elite receiver? Yet throughout the offseason, NFL analysts have debated whether Thomas’s production is , or if instead he’s merely a good receiver who runs a lot of slants and benefits from being in .Playing with Drew Brees — a former Super Bowl MVP who holds the NFL record for highest career , most and most —...

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Exactly How Much Does A Great Pass Rush Hurt An Offense?

Exactly How Much Does A Great Pass Rush Hurt An Offense?

With the exception of the quarterback, there’s no position the NFL values more than the pass rusher. Over the past few years, teams have consistently spent high draft capital on defensive linemen who can pressure and sack the quarterback. In , Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was taken with the second overall pick by Washington. In 2019, defensive linemen Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams and Clelin Ferrell in the first round. And , Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett was picked first overall, while Stanford’s Solomon Thomas went third.These players are prized because they possess the...

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Jun 12
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Steve Young Was The Better QB. We Apologize, Joe Montana.

Steve Young Was The Better QB. We Apologize, Joe Montana.

On Oct. 30, 1988, in the midst of a season in which the San Francisco 49ers would win the first of back-to-back Super Bowls, was riding the bench against the . Minnesota fullback Rick Fenney, who had the notoriously hard-hitting Ronnie Lott earlier in the game, scored in the fourth quarter after evading Lott again. That put the Vikings ahead 21-17 and the pressure on Montana’s replacement, Steve Young, to mount a comeback. Three series later, by Young secured the victory and cemented an unlikely — and launched a debate that remains unsettled over 30 years later.Who was better: Montana or...

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Infectious-Disease Experts Think Texas Will See An Increase In Cases

Infectious-Disease Experts Think Texas Will See An Increase In Cases

Graphics byIn a week in which the majority of U.S. states social distancing restrictions, the White House’s faced an uncertain future and the president toured a Honeywell factory without a mask while “” played in the background, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to rise — even above what — as more and more tests have been conducted. The total count of positive cases now stands at more than 1.2 million, according to numbers from .In our effort to make sense of the range of possible outcomes for the outbreak, we’ve continued to follow the results of a of infectious-disease...

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May 7
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The NFL Was Weird Last Season

The NFL Was Weird Last Season

The 2019 NFL season will be remembered for a host of unusual storylines. Early in the season, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and missed the next three games to sickness and concerns about a swollen spleen. Shortly after he returned, as New York by the Patriots in Week 7, Darnold and live on the broadcast. The spookiness continued three weeks later on Nov. 4 when the Cowboys-Giants game was interrupted for a minute and a half prowling around MetLife Stadium.It was, by any accounts, a weird year. But the strangeness in 2019 wasn’t confined to human and feline drama.Despite a Super...

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