Stats That Don't Lie

The Dude Abides: The Stats That Don’t Lie, Week 5

"You like the freaky stuff, huh? That's cool. The Stats that Don´t Lie can be naughty, too. Real, freaky naughty."

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Now that week 5 is over, we can be sure of three things:

  • The Broncos can play with any team in the NFL.
  • Gloves are made to be removed.
  • Mustard and brown can never look as ugly as silver and black.

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The Dude Abides: The Stats That Don’t Lie, Week 4

Nobody Puts The Stats That Don't Lie in A Corner

-Patrick Swayze


Week 4 is officially in the bag.  The Broncos picked up another big win,  Kyle Orton taught us all not to go out and get dirty without some form of protection (on the hand, the kids are still up), and Josh McDaniels and Brandon Marshall doled out a very important moral lesson:

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The Dude Abides: The Stats That Don’t Lie, Week 3

Fate laughs at probabilities. -- Lytton E.G Bulwer


The defense was rock solid, the Broncos won again, and Ryan Clady was so dominate, they pulled his dreadlocks.

Somewhere Al Davis is crying like a little girl.

Not a bad week, my friends.

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The Dude Abides: The Stats That Don’t Lie, Week 2

In God we trust. All others must bring data.

                                 —Robert W. Hayden 

After the crazy Indy and Miami game, I'm out a little faster with the stats for Week 2.  Thanks to everyone for reading these. For those that want to review the rational for why I keep track of these four stats, check out the Introduction (not perfect, but useful).   In short, there is a very high correlation between winning the battle of turnovers, time of possession, third down efficiency, and field possession.  By far, the most important battle is turnovers, followed by field position.

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The Dude Abides: The Stats That Don’t Lie, Introduction

I never keep a scorecard or the batting averages. I hate statistics. What I got to know, I keep in my head. 

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There are some stats that are meaningful, and there are some that ain't (the blood alcohol content of a Raider fan, for instance).

I'd like to bring you each week the stats that matter.  These are the stats that don't lie. These aren't your QB ratings or your road/dome winning percentages.  No way.

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The Dude Abides: The Stats That Don’t Lie, Week 1

Statistics are like women; mirrors of purest virtue and truth, or like whores to use as one pleases. 

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There were 16 games played in Week 1.   Here's the big picture with respect to Turnovers, Time of Possession, 3rd Down Efficiency, and Field Position:

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