FBO: Crunching the Week 8 numbers
Philly needs to get the Wildcat going -- and Aaron Rodgers may be in trouble
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.
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Houston has the worst defense in the league in the first half of games -- but it improves to league-average after halftime. According to Football Outsiders' stats, Houston's Steve Slaton leads all running backs in receiving value (144 DYAR, or Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement) but is dead last in rushing value (minus-146 DYAR).
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