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E06: Pocket Protectors [Strength of Schedule]

Jayson, Eric, and Luke discuss the Vikings’ season to date, strength of schedule to date, and the best method for predicting what’s yet to come.  Yes, there was some Teddy talk. https://climbingthepocket.podbean.com/mf/web/e4g2gu/E06_PP_Strength_of_Schedule_.mp3   Advertisements

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Top Plays: Vikings at Browns in London

We overuse the term “must have game” but it applies here. The Vikings were going against a winless team on a neutral site. They had a clear fan advantage and a chance to send an early message on Sunday. With other top NFC teams also having favorable matchups, a loss would have felt catastrophic. That’s…

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Top Plays: Vikings vs. Ravens

TRAP GAME MY ASS! Minnesota looked the part against an inferior opponent from the first snap. They finished their home stand with another win, putting them at 4-1 at US Bank Stadium. There haven’t been any major letdowns lately. Just solid football and solid wins. Baltimore, like Green Bay, will cite injuries as the reason…

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E04: Pocket Protectors [QB Value]

In this episode, Jayson, Eric, and Luke discuss the Vikings win over the Packers and take a deep dive into the value of quarterbacks in the wake of the Aaron Rodgers injury. Check out Luke’s latest article here. Check out Eric on the PFF podcast here. https://climbingthepocket.podbean.com/mf/web/pbv7gp/E04_QB_Value_.mp3  

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Top Plays: Vikings vs Packers

The Vikings came out extremely focused. They brought a physical brand of football to this game, and I refuse to let that be lost because of the Aaron Rodgers injury. Regarding the injury: Yes, it was a legal hit. Yes, Rodgers usually gets a flag there. Yes, I sympathize with Rodgers and his health. I’m…

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E01: Pocket Protectors

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-hz264-73fc00 Welcome to the introductory episode of the Pocket Protectors Podcast.  In this episode, Jayson, Eric, and Luke introduce themselves, talk football, and their favorite stats.

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Top Plays: Vikings vs San Francisco

The Vikings didn’t meet my expectations when they hosted San Francisco on Sunday Night. I watched the game in a grey shirt and soft-brimmed purple Vikings hat (because it’s preseason) and our team produced similarly boring results. I expected a healthy Riley Reiff, Latavius Murray, Laquon Treadwell, and Trae Waynes to noticeably improve that team….

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I Just Wanna Be Successful

For years we have learned “running the ball sets up the pass”, but the NFL evolved to passing the football, and dispelled that cliche. Efficiency statistics showed that running stats were weakly correlated to winning percentages of 0.15 per How Coaches Think: Run Success Rate. Brian Burke’s article analyzed how running success rate is a…

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