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Progressive Leaderboards Added

20th October 2014

Since Peyton Manning has been in the news a bit today due to his new ownership of the all-time passing TD record, we've gotten a few questions on our Twitter account about progressive leaderboards:

We already had single season progressive leaderboards but today we've added career progressive leaderboards so that you can see who was the NFL's career passing touchdown leader in 1966? You can also see on that list where they rank as of the latest games, so #1 Y.A. Tittle in 1966 has the 19th-highest touchdown pass total in the current day.

You can get to a full list of the career or single-season progressive leaders by going to our main leaderboard index and selecting a stat and a year or from the box on the right of any of the career leaders lists.

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The Relationship Between SRS and NFL Ticket Prices

20th October 2014

The home viewing experience for NFL games is the best it’s ever been. With that, the process of going to a game on Sunday can be a bigger hassle when factoring in all parts of the Fan Cost Index. Some struggles to bring fans to the games lead to things like a fantasy football section in the stadium or poolside cabanas in Jacksonville. On the secondary ticket market, there’s a few different factors that set the level of demand for NFL tickets. Market size will always be one of the biggest factors, as is quality of competition on a game by game basis. One thing the team itself can control to typically keep demand high is presenting a good on field product.

Using the past five seasons of TiqIQ secondary market data and the past five years of team SRS, we can see which teams have the strongest correlation of ticket prices to team success. After running the numbers, 12 teams came out with a correlation of .4 or higher. Another seven teams had a negative correlation of -.4 or below.

The strongest positive correlation came from the Denver Broncos at .99. The average price for Broncos tickets has risen every season since 2010, as has their SRS. In 2010 the Broncos had an SRS of -8.9, an average home price of $120.66 and Kyle Orton at quarterback. This season, the Broncos have an average home price of $339.71 as they are again one of the top teams in the NFL with Peyton Manning. The $339.71 average price is the fifth highest in the league this season.

New Orleans, Washington and Seattle were the only three other teams to have a correlation above .7. Seahawks tickets follow a similar trend to the Broncos. In 2010 the Seahawks had an SRS of -9.4 and a season average on the secondary market below $100. This season, the average price for a home game in Seattle is $398.51, the most expensive price in the league.

Cowboys tickets had the fifth strongest correlation at .69. While the average price for a home game at AT&T Stadium is usually among the top half of the league, the actual average has risen and dipped with the team’s performance. Unsurprisingly, the $260.23 average price at AT&T Stadium is the most expensive over the past five years.

The strongest negative correlation came from teams that have not been particularly good over the past five seasons — the Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars. The most interesting team in the bottom five is the Atlanta Falcons. The price of Falcons tickets on the secondary market have remained consistent — around a $130 to $150 average price through the years atop the NFC South and the struggles over the past two seasons.

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Stat Comparisons Added to Team Game Finder

15th October 2014

We've recently made a huge enhancement to the search capabilities in the Team Game Finder. You can now search for games in which a team had more or less of one statistic than another. That probably sounds vague, so let's get into some concrete examples:

We hope you enjoy this new feature and please let us know if you discover anything cool with it.

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Team & Opponent TD Logs Added to Team Pages

14th October 2014

Ever wanted to see every touchdown scored and allowed by a team in a season in an easy, sortable table? If you answered "yes", you're in luck. Today we've rolled out those tables on team pages for every team in APFA/NFL history. So you can now find such a table for the 1920 Decatur Staleys & also for the 2014 Philadelphia Eagles. These tables can be found at the bottom the main page for each team.

And don't forget that even larger tables can be generated via our Player Touchdown Finder in the Play Index.

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Additions to Team Game Finder

9th October 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

8th October 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.

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Additions to Team Streak Finders

7th October 2014

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

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Greatest Comeback Wins For Each Franchise

6th October 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

30th September 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

26th September 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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