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NFL Injury Report: The injury report compiled after Friday's practices is posted

Daily team-by-team injury reports published by the NFL media office. Click through to download the PDF edition. . . . Week 20 Conference Championships injury report - Friday edition   more »

Scheduletron: Strength of schedule analysis

On Wednesday I submitted some numbers suggesting that strength of schedule played more of a role in 2017 than in typical seasons, with the teams in the two South Divisions affected by out-of-whack schedules. For the upcoming season (the one starting in nine months) the early numbers suggest the opposite will be true.  more »

Fantasy Index Weekly: Championship Round Rankings

Over the course of the week we previewed all four teams playing this Sunday. Now it's time to throw all those projections into one place and see how the rankings shake out. There are some Patriots near the top of course; they're our choice to score the most points. And some components of the Vikings passing game also look good (because it's very hard to run on the Eagles).   more »

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Trivia: January 19, 2018

With a successful conversion on Sunday, Stephen Gostkowski can tie a postseason record with 23 consecutive field goals. Who currently holds that record on his own? answer »

Fantasy Index Weekly: Championship Preview: Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have the momentum of a dramatic win, and the excitement of potentially being the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. But unlikely they'll have a big game offensively. Minnesota had the league's best defense (yards and points) during the regular season, but Philadelphia's was nearly as good (4th in both categories). The Eagles were shockingly good at home, too, allowing only 11 TDs in eight games. Just one last week, and that was set up by a special teams gaffe.   more »

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NFL Injury Report: The injury report compiled after Thursday's practices is posted

Daily team-by-team injury reports published by the NFL media office. Click through to download the PDF edition. . . . Week 20 Conference Championships injury report - Thursday edition   more »

Factoid: Position on the rise

I notice that kickers are scoring more points than they have in the past. They’re more accurate, they have better range, and teams are getting them on the field more often.   more »

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Fantasy Index Weekly: Championship Preview: Philadelphia Eagles

While there's a clear favorite in the AFC, Sunday's NFC title game could go either way. The Vikings are favored by 3 points (suggesting if this game were in Minnesota, they'd be about a 6-point favorite), but the over-under of just 38 is about the lowest you'll ever see, indicating points will be at a premium. One big play or two could be the difference in what should be a low-scoring, defensive battle. During the season, the Vikings were ranked No. 1 in both yards and points allowed. That's only slightly better than the Eagles, who were 4th in both categories.   more »

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Ask the Experts: Who has impressed or disappointed you most this postseason?

ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly from training camp through the Super Bowl with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them: Who has impressed or disappointed you the most this postseason?  more »

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Trivia: January 18, 2018

Since the merger, what are the only three teams that have an overall winning record in regular-season games while simultaneously not winning a Super Bowl? answer »

Scheduletron: Strength of schedule

I think scheduling played more of a factor in 2017 then in typical seasons. There were more teams with unusually easy and hard schedules, and that affected the way things played out.   more »

Fantasy Index Weekly: Championship Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars

It will be a shock if the Jaguars manage to upset the heavily-favored Patriots, but we won't entirely dismiss the possibility. They weren't supposed to win in Pittsburgh either. New England's defense has been soft at times, and Jacksonville's own defense is talented enough to at least make things difficult on Tom Brady and company. So maybe.   more »

Trivia: January 17, 2018

Among eligible numbers (1 thru 19) was is the only number that has never been worn by a quarterback starting in a Super Bowl game? answer »

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Viva Murillo!: Just Like Us

Don't you hate when you have a good year and face an inferior opponent in the playoffs, but they score some fluky touchdowns and you lose? Or how about when your opponent has some really inept performances but you still can't beat them? Or you get bounced in the first round because some kicker has an amazing game? How does this stuff ever happen? Actually, it happens in fantasy football playoffs all the time. And we're seeing it happen in the NFL's playoffs, too.   more »

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Factoid: Passing production

I notice that passing production was down some in 2017. Teams tended to pass for fewer yards and fewer touchdowns than we’ve seen in recent years.  more »

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