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Our lexicon for defending in football isn’t good enough

Problem: Why is making more interceptions correlated less well with conceding fewer shots (as pointed to here and here) than making more tackles?

Hypothesis: One can quite easily ‘passively intercept’, by essentially having the ball passed straight at you, through no skill of one’s own; one is much less likely to ‘passively tackle’. 1,387 more words

Teenage Times are the best! Standing at 19!

So the draft is over; I haven’t managed to read all about it yet so I’m a bit unaware as to which team “won big time” and which one “drafted a bust”. 676 more words


Analysis: Stoke 0 Liverpool 1

I wasn’t planning to do one of these for this match, but as there were some impressive stats from a very good Liverpool display I thought I would. 656 more words

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Preparing for playoffs, Andy Dalton throws the *actual* worst interception of the year

Back in October, we deemed a Sam Bradford interception to be the worst of the year and, to be fair, it was horrible. He rushed it, threw it off his front foot for no apparent reason and underthrew his man in the end zone by a solid five yards. 208 more words


Analysis: Are Liverpool Winning The Ball Higher Up The Pitch Under Klopp?

I’ve read and heard different opinions on this issue recently; for instance, Michael Cox wrote for Four Four Two (here) that Klopp’s influence is demonstrated by the fact that Liverpool completed more ball recoveries, interceptions and tackles in the opposition half in certain games under Klopp than they did in Brendan Rodgers’ last match. 575 more words

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Vikings will gladly take what Detroit has been giving this season [Star Tribune]

For those who have spent the past four days complaining about the Vikings offense, cheer up. Things could be worse. A lot worse.

Speaking of Detroit, the Lions are last in the league in turnover ratio (minus-8), giveaways (18), points allowed off turnovers (59), turnover points differential (minus-41) and, of course, the NFC North standings (1-5). 617 more words


Peyton Manning is one of the 10 worst quarterbacks in the NFL (and the Broncos are undefeated)

Stats don’t tell the whole story, but they get you a couple of chapters deep. And just looking at the stats alone — again, the stats alone — Peyton Manning is  738 more words