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Additions to Team Game Finder

Posted by Mike Lynch on October 9, 2014

We've recently added a few cool features to the Team Game Finder that we wanted to update everyone on.

The first addition was inspired by the slew of return TDs scored by the Eagles in the first 5 weeks of this season. It sure seemed extreme, but we had no way of placing it into perspective via the Play Index. Well, now we do. We've added a function to search for all Return TDs (any TD that is not passing or rushing). It turns out, the Eagles are the only team since 1940 to score 7+ Return TDs in their first 5 games. The 1998 Seahawks had 13 such scores, the most in a season since 1940.

We have also added penalty & penalty yards data to the game finder. I'm sure our users won't be shocked to discover that the Raiders have 6 of the 8 most penalized teams since the merger. And the 1998 49ers had the most penalties by any team in a win since the merger, with 22 at Buffalo. Our penalty data is mostly complete back to 1950, but we'd recommend restricting searches to post-merger for the best accuracy.

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Play Index Tools Now with Short Surveys & no Ads

Posted by sean on October 8, 2014

Since we've launched the various Play Index tools on our sites, we've struggled with the best way to monetize what we feel is the deepest and most powerful set of sports data tools anywhere. We know they are useful, our users, the teams, broadcast networks, and newspaper reporters tell us so.

On baseball, we charge an annual fee of $36, but our best guess is that the traffic and audience of the other sites would not be sufficient to make a subscription model worth our while. We have been running traditional banner ads on those pages, but they pay so little and the play index content is niche content (valuable, but niche content) so the traffic will never rise that high on the play index pages. So we have decided to remove all banner advertising and instead run Google consumer surveys on the non-baseball play index pages.

Here's how it works. The first time you run a report each day your results will be obscured and you will be asked to answer a 1-5 question survey. After you answer the survey, your requested report will be shown to you and you won't see another survey for that site on that browser for 24 hours (multi-question surveys are good for 48 hours). These surveys pay us around 5 cents per survey which, while it doesn't sound like much, is about 15 times what we would get from banner ads on those pages. Here is an FAQ if you are wondering how Google uses this information.

Also, if you find these gateway surveys a step too far, consider subscribing to our Ad-Free Access. Starting at $20/year you can surf every Sports Reference page ad and survey free.

If you are wondering what our play index tools are, give them a try. We think you'll enjoy them.
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Additions to Team Streak Finders

Posted by Mike Lynch on October 7, 2014

Just wanted to post a quick blurb that we have made a few recent additions to the Team Streak Finder:

5 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Data, Features, Play Index, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Uncategorized

Greatest Comeback Wins For Each Franchise

Posted by Mike on October 6, 2014

This question about the Browns' comeback from a 25 point deficit yesterday inspired me to build a set of pages for the greatest comebacks for each NFL team plus a list of each team's comeback victories. You can see there that the Browns' win was their biggest comeback of all time and tied for the third biggest deficit ever overcome to win a game.

EDIT: I realized I could turn this around and do the greatest blown leads for each NFL team, too. So take heart, Titans fans - that wasn't the worst blown lead in franchise history (that.. doesn't make you feel much better, does it?)

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Search Targets and Catch Percentage from Player Season Finder

Posted by Mike on September 30, 2014

Since we're busy adding targets (since 1998) everywhere, I've also put them on the player season finder tool, so for instance you can find the most targets since 1998, sorted by total receptions. In addition I've added Catch Percentage as a searchable and sortable item, the number of targets that actually turned into receptions - Marshall Faulk has the highest percentage of targets caught for players with 100+ targets in a season, and in 2014, Brent Celek has the lowest ratio of passes caught to targets among players with 10+ targets.

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Large Point Differential Wins and Losses

Posted by Mike on September 26, 2014

Because it's Friday and an interesting trivia question, I went and looked it up in the database - it's actually not as uncommon as you'd think to win and lose in the same season by the same large point differential. The big winners (and losers, of course) in this category are the 1988 Saints managed to beat the Broncos 42-0 and two weeks later lose to Minnesota, 45-3. Here are the top 25 teams with a large win and corresponding large loss in in the same season since 1970:

+------------+---------+------+------+-------------+---+
| name       | year_id | w    | l    | points_diff | c |
+------------+---------+------+------+-------------+---+
| Saints     |    1988 |    1 |    1 |          42 | 2 |
| Patriots   |    1993 |    1 |    1 |          38 | 2 |
| Lions      |    2007 |    1 |    1 |          37 | 2 |
| Giants     |    2009 |    1 |    1 |          37 | 2 |
| Bengals    |    1988 |    1 |    1 |          35 | 2 |
| 49ers      |    2009 |    1 |    1 |          35 | 2 |
| Broncos    |    1979 |    1 |    1 |          35 | 2 |
| Jets       |    1976 |    1 |    1 |          34 | 2 |
| Lions      |    1991 |    1 |    1 |          32 | 2 |
| Vikings    |    1977 |    1 |    1 |          32 | 2 |
| Patriots   |    2003 |    1 |    1 |          31 | 2 |
| Bengals    |    1986 |    1 |    1 |          31 | 2 |
| Vikings    |    1989 |    1 |    1 |          31 | 2 |
| Jets       |    1986 |    1 |    1 |          31 | 2 |
| Redskins   |    2014 |    1 |    1 |          31 | 2 |
| Bills      |    2003 |    1 |    1 |          31 | 2 |
| Saints     |    1976 |    1 |    1 |          30 | 2 |
| Buccaneers |    1992 |    1 |    2 |          28 | 3 |
| Ravens     |    2008 |    1 |    1 |          28 | 2 |
| Chargers   |    1984 |    1 |    1 |          28 | 2 |
| Packers    |    1992 |    1 |    1 |          28 | 2 |
| Buccaneers |    1979 |    1 |    1 |          28 | 2 |
| Chiefs     |    1985 |    1 |    1 |          28 | 2 |
| Vikings    |    1982 |    1 |    1 |          28 | 2 |
| Broncos    |    2004 |    1 |    1 |          28 | 2 |
+------------+---------+------+------+-------------+---+

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Advanced Player Splits Now Available

Posted by Mike on September 25, 2014

We've added advanced splits to our existing player splits pages, breaking down passing, rushing, and receiving performances by down, distance, score differential, quarter, and more, for every year from 1998 to 2014. Did you know that..

Note that you can always slice & dice the play-by-play data to your heart's content using our play finder tool, and we're also working on adding further splits, such as playing surface, weather, point spread, and more. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments below.

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Target Data Added to PFR’s Fantasy Pages

Posted by Mike Lynch on September 22, 2014

Just a quick note that we have added target data back to 1998 on our Fantasy pages. For instance, you can now see that Jordy Nelson leads all players with 37 targets thus far this season. This data is now live for 2014 and will be populating the pages for 1998-2013 soon. Hope everyone finds this info useful when they're setting their weekly lineups.

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Added Targets to Player and Team Pages

Posted by Mike on September 17, 2014

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We've added pass target data to player pages and team pages since 1998 - see the 'Tgt' column under 'Receiving'. And if you mouse over the targets number, it will show you the player's catch percentage, defined as his number of receptions/number of targets.

This target data is derived from the play-by-play data that's used to populate our play finder tool, so when you see something in a box score like "Jay Cutler pass incomplete short left intended for Brandon Marshall", we are counting that as a target for Marshall as determined by the official scorer's judgement.

Look for these to be added to the player season finder and player game finder tools soon. And if you're curious, the most-targeted player in our DB is Marvin Harrison in 2002 with a whopping 205 targets, which might explain why he was able to set the single season receptions record that year.

2 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Current Gamelogs Added to Player Pages

Posted by Mike on September 15, 2014

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To help provide more insight into a player's current year performance, we've added a box with the current year's gamelogs to the top of every active player page highlighting this year's game lines. This box also lists his bye week, the next 3 opponents, and his per-game averages against each opponent at a glance, so you can to see Joe Flacco's career gamelogs vs. the Browns, for example. This box also has quick links to all career gamelogs, penalties, splits and more, for all your gameday number-crunching needs.

We've also added the ability to filter by team on each player game log page - just change the team in the select box above the table and you can break down career numbers vs. only that team (for example, Tom Brady vs. the Dolphins).

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