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Eric Eager

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Recent Articles

How effective are stunts and should NFL defenses be using them more?

NFL
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Stunts are a proven and effective way to increase pressure and sack rates for defenses, but they're being used less and less in recent years. Why? PFF's Eric Eager dives in to find out.

by Eric Eager 6 days ago

Why the Minnesota Vikings failed, and how they should approach the future

NFL
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Things have gone south for the Minnesota Vikings since their miraculous playoff run in 2017. Now, with head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman out the door, here is what the Vikings must do to reclaim relevance in the NFC North.

by Eric Eager 7 days ago Minnesota Vikings

Re-evaluating running NFL offenses based on RPOs

Examining NFL teams' efficiency in 2021 on traditional pass and run plays in addition to run-pass options.

by Eric Eager 19 days ago

AFC North Playoff Picture: How each team can win the division

PFF's Eric Eager is here to explain and sort through all the different scenarios in the race for the AFC North division title.

by Eric Eager 19 days ago

2022 NFL Mock Draft: Ole Miss QB Matt Corral lands in Washington at No. 9, Atlanta Falcons take Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett at No. 10

Michigan's Aidan Hutchinson goes No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Eric Eager's first 2022 NFL mock draft.

by Eric Eager 21 days ago

"The Analytics" are Winning: A Look at Historical Trends of Going for Fourth Downs

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NFL teams are going for more fourth downs in the right situations in 2021 despite the public backlash, and the numbers say they should be.

by Eric Eager 26 days ago

2022 NFL Draft: Nevada's Carson Strong predicted to be a solid Day 2 QB with a high ceiling

College & Draft
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Nevada QB Carson Strong has announced that will be skipping his team's bowl game in preparation for the 2022 NFL Draft. He is projected to be a Day 2 selection who could have some surprising upside.

by Eric Eager 27 days ago

Why the NFL should change the kickoff rule (again)

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The NFL teams opting to return deep kickoffs the most are hurting themselves through worse starting field position. Another change to the kickoff rule could make things more enjoyable while keeping such plays safe for players.

by Eric Eager 1 month ago

The NFL's best running backs on perfectly and non-perfectly blocked runs in 2021

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The Indianapolis Colts' Jonathan Taylor has thrived on perfectly blocked running plays this season, whereas the Cleveland Browns' Nick Chubb has done plenty of damage on non-perfectly blocked rushes.

by Eric Eager 1 month ago

What the Ravens-Browns game taught us about two-point conversions

Fans and media have criticized the Baltimore Ravens for their decision to go for a two-point conversion while down nine points against the Cleveland Browns in Week 14, but here's why head coach John Harbaugh made the right call.

by Eric Eager 1 month ago

2022 NFL Draft: Projecting Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux, who should be favored to be the No. 1 overall pick?

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Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux have been extremely productive at the college level, and after a year in which no edge player was taken in the top 15 picks, they should provide some much-needed top-end talent to defenses at the NFL level.

by Eric Eager 1 month ago

The value of perfectly blocked runs and passes

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Not every football team has an elite offensive line, but how far can a weak link hurt the rest of the unit? If your team has a weak link, is it better to run or pass the ball?

by Eric Eager 1 month ago

Measuring offensive scheme and the defenses that force offenses to change their scheme the most

NFL
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Using principal component analysis to identify the NFL defenses that force opposing offenses away from their "normal" scheme.

by Eric Eager 2 months ago

Handicapping the NFL's most competitive division: The AFC West

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With the Kansas City Chiefs having a down year and other divisional teams on the upswing, the AFC West is quickly becoming the most competitive division in the NFL.

by Eric Eager 2 months ago

What would it take for No. 5 Cincinnati to make the 2021 College Football Playoff?

Examining the Cincinnati Bearcats' chances of reaching the 2021 College Football Playoff based on a simulation of the remainder of the season and history of the selection process.

by Eric Eager 3 months ago

A summary of the 2021 NFL betting markets: Tampa Bay Buccaneers lead the way in PFF's Super Bowl simulation, Las Vegas Raiders offer intriguing potential

Betting
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Just two weeks into the 2021 NFL season, valuable Super Bowl-winning odds are starting to emerge. Sure, the Buccaneers and the Chiefs are the clear favorites to win it all, but there are several other teams that provide bigger payouts.

by Eric Eager 3 months ago

How NFL offensive line continuity affects the betting markets

Betting
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Joe Thuney headlines a remade Kansas City Chiefs offensive line after the unit was the team's Achilles heel in a 2020 Super Bowl loss.

by Eric Eager 4 months ago

Using PFF pressure numbers to bet sack player props

Betting
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PFF's pressure numbers can help you know when to bet season- and game-long sack props.

by Eric Eager 5 months ago

Simulating the season-long impact of Aaron Rodgers with the Packers vs. with the Broncos

Betting
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Aaron Rodgers reportedly turned down a massive contract extension with the Green Bay Packers this offseason, further fueling trade rumors for the 2020 NFL MVP.

by Eric Eager 6 months ago

How PFF turnover-worthy plays can help you bet NFL player props

The interception player prop is about as easy a proposition wager as there is, making it a good starting point when betting based on PFF data.

by Eric Eager 6 months ago
Bio

Eric Eager joined PFF in 2015 as a contributor and consultant, and in 2018 as a data scientist. In 2020 he became the VP of Research and Development.

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