FBO: Numbers Crunching, Week 1
Past preferences give clues on how teams will play in season's opening matchups
Each week, Football Outsiders takes a look at every game on the NFL schedule with a mix of interesting numbers and in-depth statistical analysis. Much of the analysis is based on DVOA, which takes every single play during the season and compares it to the league average based on situation and opponent. DVOA and Football Outsiders' other advanced stats are explained here. Because it is the first week of the regular season, the analysis below is based on 2008 numbers.
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2009 NFL PRESEASON
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Football Outsiders uses advanced stats to give you a player on the rise, another one in decline and a key player to watch for each team in the preseason. The series starts in the AFC West and runs for 32 consecutive days.