Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders discuss two 5-5 teams who have recently entered the playoff discussion: the Houston Texans and the Tampa Bay Bucs. For Houston, has J.J. Watt dragged this team to where it is? With their schedule, how do their playoff odds stack up against other AFC South teams? Could they win a Wild Card? Meanwhile, for Tampa, how has Jameis Winston performed compared to other current QBs and rookie QBs from recent seasons? Finally, the two go back and forth on the Patriots and Panthers, who flip-flopped in their projected chance of reaching 16-0 and winning the Super Bowl.
Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders discuss three teams with records and DVOA that are not in sync. First, the Vikings are 7-2, but Aaron explains why schedule, sequencing, and fumble recovery luck have them at only 19th in DVOA. Next, they talk about two teams with the opposite situation, the Chiefs and Seahawks, both of whom are among the best under-.500 teams in DVOA history.
There were several major injuries for playoff contenders in Week 9, and Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders debate the impact of Andrew Luck's injury to the Colts, Ben Roethlisberger's injury to the Steelers, and Dion Lewis's injury to the Patriots. Then, the two discuss whether there is reason to be concerned with the Packers defense and who the first-half MVPs are according to DYAR.
With half the season over with in the NFL, Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders discuss the teams with easy and hard schedules the rest of the season and the impacts of that on the playoff race. In addition, they break down the big Packers vs. Panthers game in Week 9 and explain how the Raiders became the 8th best team in DVOA.