In the Thanksgiving Week edition of the Off the Charts Football Podcast, Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders recap the DVOA Bowl between the No. 1 and No. 2 DVOA teams from a week ago, the Eagles and Seahawks. Then, they previous the exciting slate of Thanksgiving day games, touching on the playoff implications of each of the matchups.
Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders break down the Dolphins and Giants. How have the Dolphins won 4 straight games and risen to 6th in DVOA? How good is Jay Ajayi, and how much have their offensive and defensive lines factored into the resurgence? Meanwhile, are the Giants really "peaking at the right time" or is that a myth? How have the Giants been so successful on defense even though some traditional stats like sacks don't put them at the top of the league? Finally, they discuss Rivers McCown's top 25 breakout players article that was published on ESPN Insider.
Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders try to make sense of suddenly tight NFC North. Is the Vikings' offensive line going to be their undoing? Are the Packers better than their record would indicate? Will the Lions' remaining schedule allow them to potentially sneak into the playoffs? Then, the pivot to the best division in football to talk about the Raiders, fresh off their resounding win over the Broncos. Are the Broncos a good matchup for the Raiders? And does that win create some separation from them and the rest of the division in the playoff standings? Finally, they close by discussing the phenomenal slate of games in Week 10. Which are the most important for the playoffs?
Scott Spratt of Sports Info Solutions and Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders explain why the Patriots are the No. 4 team in DVOA and not the No. 1 team, and they try to figure out why the Patriots traded Jamie Collins. Then, they discuss the Chiefs' rise up the DVOA boards, how good they would look if you removed their blowout loss to the Steelers in Week 4, and whether they can survive without their starting quarterback and running back. Finally, they try to make sense of a crazy NFC Wild Card picture.