In 2018, we’ll get to see Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers battle it out on the field for the second – and possibly final – time. Fans have had to wait 4 years since the last matchup because of the NFL’s division-heavy schedule. Every season, there are 64 regular-season games in which a team from the NFC plays a team from the AFC. Some teams, like the Patriots and Cowboys have fared well in these inter-conference matchups over the past 4 seasons. Some other teams haven’t been so fortunate. This graphic shows the success of teams and divisions over the past four years. Play around with the drop-down lists, and hover over the bars to see the results!
Jameis Winston is the latest player to be suspended by the NFL after his incident with an Uber driver last winter. Jameis’ incident is not a typical case, most suspensions in the NFL are drug-related.
Whether player-enhancing or player-relaxing, most suspensions fall under those two categories. As of right now there are 12 players suspended for PEDs and two for marijuana-related charges.
Below is a list of all the players currently suspended, their charges and the length of their suspensions:
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This table will be consistently updated as new players are suspended
Vontaze Burfict: Claimed it was Adderall in his defense hearing. That would be substance abuse not a PED under NFL rules. The NFL denied his appeal.
Mark Ingram: Claims he tested positive for a substance that is allowed under the NFL rules. The NFL denied his appeal.
Josh Huff: Released by the Eagles after his arrest. He was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and marijuana under 50 grams when he was pulled over for speeding.
Roy Miller: He was waived from the Chiefs after being arrested on domestic battery charges. While the NFL declined to say that was the reason for his suspension, it’s not hard to connect the dots.
Jameis Winston: Last February, an Uber driver alleged that Winston grabbed her crotch. The investigation lasted seven months but it was reported he was receiving a three-game suspension on June 21st.
After back-to-back 7-9 seasons, would anyone have predicted the Eagles would win Super Bowl LII? Did anyone believe that the Giants would miss the playoffs in the three seasons following the team’s win over the Patriots in SB XLVI?
Predicting the success of a Super Bowl winner before the next season begins is far from an exact science. Unless it’s the Patriots, who will lose a game near the end of the regular season to a less-than-average team, soar through the playoffs and then play in an exciting Super Bowl. Also, there will be a game in there where one of their four running backs scores three touchdowns and it will be against your fantasy football team. Classic Pats. But, if you aren’t a diehard Patriots fan, your team’s season won’t be as predictable.
We decided to take a look at how teams have fared in the three years before and after they won a Super Bowl since 2008. Use the dropdown box to select a year, and hover over the dots to see the results.
Not even a field goal. In the NFL, shutouts are rare and represent domination for the defense and an offense that is in sorry shape. A high placing on the y-axis shows a team who has historically struggled on both sides (Browns). A high placing on the x-axis is a team with a stellar defense who knows how to score (Seahawks). Strong on both is a team with a great defense but bad offense (Rams).
How has your favorite team fared when it comes to shutouts? Check out the graphic below to find out:
Let’s imagine for a moment that you’re an Arizona Cardinals fan, and ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. is your go-to source for NFL information. You were probably a bit frustrated when he gave your team a C+ for their overall 2018 draft grade. You call your neighbor to tell him the bad news, but he tells you that Gennaro Filice of NFL.com gave the Cardinals an A. You hang up the phone, pondering the question: “How can two experts assign such different grades?”
This is just one example of how a reader’s perception of their team can be skewed by the sites they favor. The goal of this data visualization is to compare draft grades from five notable websites (ESPN, Yahoo, Sports Illustrated, CBS, and NFL.com) and see just how much their results can vary based on the same information.
Some teams, like the Chargers, stayed consistent across all the sites. Others, like the Saints, proved pretty divisive.
Use the dropdown lists to compare different media outlets. The darker the circle, the greater the grade difference. Play around with the data and see what interesting conclusions you can draw about your favorite team, or your favorite analyst.