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Marshall's 'yards per route run' sixth best over the last three seasons

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Marshall's 'yards per route run' sixth best over the last three seasons

Pro Football Focus turned its attention back to the offensive side of the ball after last week's tackling breakdown, and it featured some impressive numbers from new Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
The statistic "yards per route run" is as simple as it sounds: divide a player's receiving yards by the number of times a player ran a route. PFF notes that yards per catch is biased toward deep threats, and yards per target hurts elite receivers who are targeted often but receive extra attention from defensive secondaries.
Over the last three years, Marshall has racked up 3,348 receiving yards, tenth most in the NFL over that span. NFC North counterparts Calvin Johnson (4,002) and Greg Jennings (3,800) ranked first and fourth in the NFL, respectively.
Over that same span, Marshall has run 1,488 pass routes. That number does not put him in the top 10, making it all the more impressive that Marshall has caught so many passes for so many yards.
Putting both Marshall's numbers together, and stacking them up against the rest of the league, his 2.25 yards per route run is tied for sixth best in the NFL over the last three seasons.
Houston Texans' wide receiver Andre Johnson leads the league with a 2.59 YPRR, while Packers rising star Jordy Nelson finished fourth at 2.40 YPRR. Minnesota's Percy Harvin was fifth at 2.37, and Sidney Rice, who spent two of the three tracked seasons with the Vikings, was tenth at 2.15.
Marshall did finish in front of Detroit's Johnson, who has a 2.12 YPRR. Green Bay's Jennings was right behind him at 2.11.
Of the 10 worst wide receivers in YPRR, former Bears wideout and current free agent Bernard Berrian finished fourth worst, at 1.03.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Moral victory for the Bears?

David Schuster, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.

0:00- Dave Wannstedt joins the panel to discuss the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots? Was it a moral victory? Is Matt Nagy crazy to say Mitch Trubisky didn’t play that bad?

13:00- Joe Girardi pulls his name out of the Reds managerial search and Jon Heyman reports that industry sources believe he might wait to see if there’s an opening in Chicago. What are the chances that he replaces Joe Maddon?

14:30- Adam Amin joins Kap to preview the Bulls/Mavericks game and discuss the lack of defense in the NBA.

NBA Power Rankings: League on pace for best offensive season in decades

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NBA Power Rankings: League on pace for best offensive season in decades

The NBA season is off to an explosive start, with offense being the theme so far.

NBA fans have gotten to see great offense from all around the league. Rookie guard Trae Young went off for 35 points, the Pelicans scored 149 points in a (no overtime) game and even well-known downtrodden franchises like the Sacramento Kings have got in on the fun, putting up 131 points in a surprising win over the Thunder. 

If the pace of play keeps up league-wide, the 2018-19 season will end up being an offensive masterpiece, sure to spark change to defensive systems in the ever-evolving NBA.

With the Golden State Warriors still shaking off rust and the Rockets looking weaker, (relatively) new powerhouses like the Raptors and Nuggets have dominated this very early portion of the NBA season.

You can take a look here to see how the new hierarchy is shaping up in this week's NBA Power Rankings.