You can listen to this podcast on Spotify or on Apple Podcasts. On this episode, David Arkow, Ella Papanek, Danny Blumenthal, and Tucker Boynton recap the Super Bowl and discuss how analytics factored into the game. We explore questions such as:
- What did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do schematically to suffocate the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense?
- What statistics can we use to evaluate offensive line play? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
- How much of a role did penalties play in this game? How can we analyze whether there is any referee “bias”?
- Which team is more likely to make it back to the Super Bowl next year?
To Learn More:
- Measure of the Man: Tom Brady’s Career Numbers Show His Longevity, Versatility (Tucker Boynton, HSAC and Sportico)
- All The Ways That Tom Brady Is Football’s GOAT (Neil Paine, FiveThirtyEight)
- NFLIndex.com (Tucker Boynton, HSAC)
- PFF Quantitative Insights: Investigating pass protection with survival analysis (Timo Riske, PFF)
- Potential Flaws with Pass Block Win Rate (Seth Walder, ESPN)
- Kansas City’s Banged Up O-Line Has Given Patrick Mahomes Plenty Of Time — Not That He Needs It (Josh Hermsmeyer, FiveThirty Eight)
- Are Referees Biased Against Certain Teams in the English Premier League? (Andrew Puopolo, HSAC)
- 2020 NFL Penalty Statistics (The Football Database)
- NBA Referee Experience and Home Bias (Henry Johnson, HSAC)
The Harvard Sports Analytics Collective (HSAC) is a group of students dedicated to the quantitative and statistical analysis of sports. Check out our website at harvardsportsanalysis.org and follow us on Twitter @Harvard_Sports.