Going into the game as the No. 2 and 5 DVOA teams, and coming out of it as the No. 1 and 5 DVOA teams, the Patriots and Jets continued to show why they were both so highly ranked. Greg Thomas of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders explain what went into both teams combining for such a high single-game DVOA. The two also discuss what is behind the Dolphins’ two-week turnaround and preview the Packers and Broncos matchup of the unbeatens on Sunday Night.
With their big win over the No. 1 DVOA team, the Arizona Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Steelers are showing that they can remain competitive even without Ben Roethlisberger. Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders explain what has surprised them about the Steelers and what has made them effective. In addition, the two discuss the undefeated Panthers and Broncos as well as the surprising No. 7 team in DVOA, the Eagles.
The New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals will not play each other this season unless they meet in the Super Bowl, but Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders still broke down the #1 and #2 teams in DVOA if they were to play each other. Who will generate pass pressure? Can New England stop Arizona's running attack? Can anyone on Arizona cover Gronk? From there, the two pivoted to talk about a pair of teams with some early-season struggles in terms of their actual records but who nevertheless top 10 in DVOA: Seattle and the New York Giants.
Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders discuss the 4-and-0 Bengals. Does DYAR show that Andy Dalton has made improvements? Does the team's undefeated record mesh with their DVOA standing? Speaking of DVOA, the top four DVOA teams are well clear of the rest of the field. Aaron explains how rare that is and what the implications of that gap are on Super Bowl chances. Finally, the two talk breakouts players in DYAR, which include Devonta Freeman in Atlanta, Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona, Eric Ebron in Detroit, and many others.
Arizona continues to dominate the DVOA rankings, and Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders explain how rare their performance has been historically. From there, they segue into discussing the anti-Cardinals, the Chicago Bears, who have been far and away the worst team in DVOA this season. Which of their other players could be on the trading block in addition to Jared Allen and Jon Bostic? The Oakland Raiders have started the year 2-and-1, and Derek Carr may be taking the leap. What do DVOA and DYAR say about him, how much better is the offensive around him, and is their defense bad enough to prevent them from making run? Finally, the two discuss the suddenly defensive-minded Denver Broncos. Is that defense so good that the team can succeed with the physically-declining Peyton Manning and a lack of running attack?