Feature Update: Match-Up Pages

The match-up pages have been updated to include drop down menus to create a match-up page for any two teams. The division games, championship games, and the Super Bowl still await their opponents, so you can choose any two teams to see how they stack up against each other in terms of efficiency stats and advanced metrics like WPA, EPA or SR. You can also peek at who the top players are each position for each hypothetical opponent.

Just click on one of the upcoming games in the scoreboard bar or go directly the match-up page.

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8 Responses to “Feature Update: Match-Up Pages”

  1. Anonymous says:

    With the player statistics I think that it would be useful to have the average EPA / WPA etc for each players position.

    I just looked at Green Bay and I wasn't sure whether Woodson or AJ Hawk has been more important to the Packers. They both have similar EPA but play completely different positions so it is unfair to directly compare.

  2. Anonymous says:

    2 somewhat unrelated suggestions:

    A. I think it might be a good time to start thinking about creating a forum for this site. I know there is the community site, and I know that we can obviously comment at the end of each post, but I think your site may have garnered enough interest to justify creating a forum (usernames and everything...no more total anonymity!)

    B. I also think you should include an easier way to access past years results of team efficiency rankings, something similar to the way everything is listed for "Advanced Team Stats." A page dedicated to historical team efficiencies with sortable columns and a drop down menu to switch years would be very helpful!

    And to get back on topic...love the matchup pages.

  3. Andy says:

    Can you calculate a game probability for these matchups and display it on that same page? I think that would be cool.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Brian, any chance we can get some statistical analysis on the Auburn-Oregon game?

  5. Brian Burke says:

    Good suggestion on the average for each position. I sympathize. I look at these numbers more than anyone, and I'm not always sure where the average is or whether "46.5" of this stat or that stat until I look at all the other players. The problem is that there really is no average. It's more of a power-law distribution than a bell curve. There are lots and lots of mediocre players and fewer and fewer elite guys.

    A forum would be awesome. Do you really think there is enough interest? I've thought of doing a forum and starting a football stats wiki, but I'm not sure there is the critical mass necessary.

    Andy-Yes, putting the game probabilities on the match-up pages make a lot of sense. But the NYT owns the rights to them, so I can't. I can put each teams GWP, which lets you estimate the game probability fairly easily.

    Historical team efficiencies would be neat and easy to do. There are tons of team level stats, including efficiency stats in a spreadsheet for anyone to download over at the community site.

    I don't think I know enough about college to do any analysis. The college sport is so different, with a much wider range of team strengths.

    Thanks for all the great suggestions. There's really no limit to all the stuff we can add around here. The only limiting factor is having the free time to do it.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It would be really interesting to know the team with the highest GWP in NFL history (or as far as we've had the data). I would guess either the 2004 Colts or the 2007 Patriots.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Also, whens the NYT Fifth Down article for the weekend games coming out?

  8. Anonymous says:

    I think it would be better if the offense of one team was adjusted to the defense of the other team, basically showing the "expected" results of the team efficiency stats

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