Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Schedule Analysis Page is Back

Last season we introduced our schedule analysis page. On this page we look at teams past and future opponents both by win / loss records as well as PossessionPoints RPM.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A View of Week one 2011 Season

Week 1 produced a good start for the matchup page especially Against The Spread (ATS). For the week, we were 9-7 straight up, but we were actually better in ATS going 10-6. Our Bronze selections were 2-0 ATS and our Delaware 3-Pick was 2-1. The Season Preview picks like the Matchup picks went 9-7. The other thing to watch this season, our top 8 confidence picks were 5-3. We will be tracking and reporting on all these throughout the season.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

2011 Season Preview: Cleveland Browns

AFC North – Browns

The Browns are playing in one of the tougher conferences in the league just by virtue of having to play the Steelers and the Ravens twice. Last year they weren’t a very good PossessionPoints team with an offense that ranked 26th and a defense that ranked 23rd. Last year we had real questions about the Browns QB, this year we are pretty confident Colt McCoy is going to be the number 1 QB. Veteran Seneca Wallace looks to be the backup. McCoy is a wildcard in our view, he shows great potential but the question is will he get to top form this season. We expect some improvement but aren’t going to go wild. We are actually looking for a little bigger improvement on defense.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

2011 Season Preview: Cincinnati Bengals

AFC North – Bengals

Last year the Bengals were an average PossessionPoints team with an offense that ranked 16th and a defense that ranked 14th. Despite these average to above average numbers the Bengals managed just a 4-12 record. We would classify this as an underperformance and we would expect some bounce back in record even if there were to be no improvement in performance. That is a good thing because with the loss of veteran quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receivers Chad Ochocinco and T.O. we are actually lowering their offensive numbers by 10%. We left their defensive performance unchanged.

Monday, August 22, 2011

2011 Season Preview: Baltimore Ravens

AFC North – Ravens

The Ravens showed they are going to be a team to contend with every year last year. After falling back to Earth two years ago with a 9-7 playoff making record they once again had an outstanding 12-4 record. They were a good but not outstanding PossessionPoints team last season ranking 13th in offense and 10th in defense. In the past the Ravens running attack had depth, this season it appears that they will be heavily relying on Ray Rice. Yes, they picked up Ricky Williams to compliment Rice but as good as he is he is at 34 he is really getting up there in age for an NFL running back. They picked up Lee Evans at wide receiver and drafted two wide receivers so they may be stronger there but they lost Todd Heap at tight end and his contributions will be difficult to replace.  So, we lowered their offense by 5% and left their defensive performance unchanged. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

2011 Season Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC North – Steelers

Last season we worried about the impact the suspension of Big Ben Roethlisberger might have on the team. This season we wonder if the marriage of Roethlisberger might settle the quarterback such that he once again has a super season.  Free agency and the draft did not seem to bolster the offense. So we took 5% off their offensive performance from 2010. They did draft Cameron Heyward a top defensive end with their first pick even though they are coming off a 2010 defensive performance that ranked 3rd in the league we upped their defensive performance by 5%, that would move them to 2nd this season.