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Why NFL teams are rethinking fourth down; plus, my favorite upset pick for Week 7
Oct 22, 2021
Fourth down used to be punters' paradise, but not in 2021! Analytics guru Cynthia Frelund digs into the emerging "GO FOR IT!" mindset across the NFL. Plus, an upset pick for Week 7 and the forecast on a few notable player projections.
Time to worry about the 2-3 Kansas City Chiefs? Plus, my favorite upset pick for Week 6
Oct 15, 2021
With the Chiefs sitting in the AFC West cellar at 2-3, is it time to worry about the back-to-back AFC champions? Cynthia Frelund digs into Kansas City's slow start. Plus, an upset pick for Sunday and more.
Three offensive strategies paying off early in 2021 NFL season; plus, my favorite Week 4 projections
Oct 01, 2021
How are offenses gaining an edge early in the 2021 NFL season? Which cornerback is showing signs of a breakout? Cynthia Frelund answers those questions and also supplies her favorite player projections for Week 4.
NFL seeing more coverage busts? Plus, a fourth-down revolution and my favorite Week 3 projections
Sep 24, 2021
Is the NFL experiencing more coverage busts than normal in 2021? Are teams changing the way they look at fourth down? Cynthia Frelund answers those questions and also supplies her favorite player projections for Week 3.
Will Bills and Ravens get back on track? How about Aaron Rodgers? Plus, my favorite Week 2 projections
Sep 17, 2021
Was Week 1 a play-calling aberration for the Bills and Ravens? How concerned should Packers fans be with Aaron Rodgers? Cynthia Frelund answers those questions and provides her favorite player projections for Week 2.
2021 AFC win-total projections: Browns win North; Steelers miss playoffs altogether
Sep 06, 2021
Are the Browns about to win their first division title since 1989? Will the Steelers miss the playoffs for the third time in four years? Analytics guru Cynthia Frelund reveals her projected win total for each AFC team.
'Top 100 players of 2021': Jaire Alexander among five biggest snubs from top 10
Aug 22, 2021
The players ranked in the top 10 of the "Top 100 Players of 2021" were revealed on Sunday, and Cynthia Frelund's analytics suggest some deserving players were left out. She reveals the five biggest snubs from the top 10 based on her models.
Projecting NFL's 2021 stat leaders: Christian McCaffrey set for bounce-back year
Aug 04, 2021
Will Christian McCaffrey return from injury to lead the league in two major stat categories? Can Derrick Henry capture a third straight rushing title? Cynthia Frelund crunches the numbers on 2021 projections, and her models put the spotlight on 12 individual players.
2021 NFL season: Projecting the most improved player on each NFC team
Jul 27, 2021
Will the Cardinals fully exploit Isaiah Simmons' rare versatility in Year 2? Is Washington RB Antonio Gibson about to emerge as one of the NFL's best playmakers? Cynthia Frelund uses analytics to project the player who'll improve the most on each NFC team in 2021.
2021 NFL season: Projecting the most improved player on each AFC team
Jul 26, 2021
Is WR Henry Ruggs III poised to break out in Year 2 with the Raiders? Will Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki emerge as a true mismatch nightmare? Cynthia Frelund uses analytics to project the player who'll improve the most on each AFC team in 2021.
Which NFL rookie QBs will be most productive in 2021? My analytics-based top-five rankings
Jun 28, 2021
What makes Justin Fields a strong candidate to play well as soon as he gets starting snaps with the Bears? Cynthia Frelund digs into the analytics to project the five most productive rookie QBs of the 2021 NFL season.
Which NFL rookie receivers will be most productive in 2021? My analytics-based top-seven rankings
Jun 21, 2021
Which rookie wide receivers are poised to enjoy immediate NFL success? After crunching the numbers, analytics guru Cynthia Frelund ranks the top seven newcomers by potential production in the 2021 season.
Which NFL rookie tight ends will be most productive in 2021? My analytics-based top-five rankings
Jun 14, 2021
Which rookie tight ends are poised to enjoy immediate NFL success? After crunching the numbers, analytics guru Cynthia Frelund ranks the top five newbies by potential production in the 2021 season.
Which NFL rookie running backs will thrive in 2021? My analytics-based top-five rankings
Jun 07, 2021
Which rookie running backs are poised to enjoy immediate NFL success? After crunching the numbers, analytics guru Cynthia Frelund ranks the top five newbies by potential production in the 2021 season.
Projecting the NFL's top 10 offenses in 2021: Buccaneers or Chiefs at No. 1?
May 19, 2021
The bulk of NFL roster reconstruction is behind us. The schedule is out. It's high time for 2021 season forecasting! With that in mind, Cynthia Frelund counts down her top 10 offenses, based on updated win-share projections.
2021 NFL Draft: Best team fits for top running backs? Five analytics-based pairings
Apr 22, 2021
The 2021 NFL Draft offers some enticing running backs with multifaceted skill sets. What is each top prospect's best team fit? Cynthia Frelund crunches the numbers and provides five ideal analytics-based pairings.
2021 NFL Draft: Best team fits for top quarterbacks? Five analytics-based pairings
Apr 14, 2021
The 2021 NFL Draft is highlighted by a series of enticing -- and functionally different -- quarterbacks. What is each top prospect's best team fit? Cynthia Frelund crunches the numbers and provides five ideal analytics-based pairings.
2021 NFL Draft: Best team fits for top wide receivers? Five analytics-based pairings
Apr 07, 2021
The 2021 NFL Draft provides another crop of highly enticing wide receivers. What is each top prospect's best team fit? Cynthia Frelund crunches the numbers and provides five ideal analytics-based pairings.
Five most overperforming and five most underperforming units of 2020 NFL season
Jan 27, 2021
Looking across the NFL, which position groups significantly outstripped expectations in 2020? Which ones disappointed? Cynthia Frelund highlights the five most overperforming and five most underperforming units from this season.
Championship Sunday mismatches: Will Pack torch Bucs on early downs? Can Chiefs stop Stefon Diggs?
Jan 20, 2021
With all of the enticing storylines surrounding both games on Championship Sunday, what will truly influence the final results? Cynthia Frelund identifies one crucial mismatch in each conference title bout.
NFL playoff percentages: Who will reach Super Bowl LV? Hoist the Lombardi Trophy?
Jan 07, 2021
The NFL playoffs are upon us! Who's poised to reach Super Bowl LV? Who has the best chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy? After crunching the numbers, Cynthia Frelund provides odds for all 14 postseason teams.
2020 NFL playoff picture: Who'll win AFC South? NFC West? Can Bears sneak in?
Dec 23, 2020
Who's going to win the AFC South? How about the NFC West? Can the Chicago Bears sneak into the postseason? After running 100,000 simulations of each remaining game, Cynthia Frelund provides answers to looming playoff questions.
Projecting NFL's 2020 stat leaders: Derrick Henry, Cam Jordan to excel
Aug 10, 2020
Can Derrick Henry repeat as rushing king? Will Cam Jordan lead the NFL in sacks? Resident analytics guru Cynthia Frelund has been crunching the numbers on 2020 projections, and her models put the spotlight on 10 individual players.
Browns, Cowboys among clubs set to thrive with new offensive minds
Jul 30, 2020
How will new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski get more out of Baker Mayfield? What can Mike McCarthy do to make the Cowboys' offense even more fearsome? Cynthia Frelund uses analytics to project how new offensive play-callers will benefit six teams in 2020.
NFL rookie running backs: Who'll be most productive in 2020? My top 7
Jun 08, 2020
Which rookie running backs will provide the biggest returns in 2020? Using contextualized play-calling data from each team and factoring in every rookie RB's skill set, Cynthia Frelund comes up with a predictive pecking order. Who's No. 1: Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Jonathan Taylor?
NFL's most underappreciated players: One for each AFC team
May 18, 2020
Who are the most underappreciated players in the NFL? Cynthia Frelund, our resident analytics guru, crunched the numbers to unearth overlooked individuals with the highest contribution metrics. Here is one slept-on standout for each AFC team.
2020 NFL Draft: Four efficient trades involving high-value picks
Apr 20, 2020
Ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, Cynthia Frelund has run thousands of draft simulations to arrive at four efficient trades that would work out for both teams. Should the Ravens and Falcons explore a deal for the 16th overall pick?
Cynthia Frelund 2020 NFL mock draft 2.0: Analytics-based picks
Mar 30, 2020
Could the Tom Brady-less Patriots take a QB in Round 1? Cynthia Frelund's analytics-based mock is based solely on a contextual, data-driven model that aims to do one thing: maximize each team's potential to win as many games as possible in 2020.
2020 NFL free agency frenzy: 3 good moves, 3 head-scratchers
Mar 19, 2020
The new league year has brought a flurry of activity, with free agency and trades significantly altering rosters across the NFL. After crunching the numbers, analytics expert Cynthia Frelund spotlights three good moves and three head-scratchers.