By: Edward Egros

Nov 2016

Cowboys/Vikings Preview

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The 10-1 Dallas Cowboys could clinch a playoff spot as soon as this weekend if they knock off the 6-5 Minnesota Vikings. Dallas has faced a number of highly touted defenses, but why might this one be different, and cause additional problems than the others? And why do the Cowboys do so well late in games, and why might that change in Minneapolis?

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Cowboys/Redskins Preview

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The Cowboys knocked off the Redskins in Week 2, so why is there so much concern for Dallas for the rematch on Thanksgiving Day? How has each team changed since that meeting and do the Redskins have a disadvantage when it comes to their schedule this week?

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Cowboys/Ravens Preview

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Can the Cowboys improve to 9-1 by knocking off the Baltimore Ravens at noon Sunday at AT&T Stadium, setting a franchise record for consecutive wins in one season? And why might the Ravens' biggest strength not be a strength at all? Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott offer their perspectives and we give our forecast.

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Can a Quarterback Have a Hot Hand?

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When Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo left a preseason game with a back injury, many believed it would only be a matter of time before he returned. Instead, rookie Dak Prescott has led this team to an 8-1 record, currently the best in the NFL. Now it looks like, for at least the rest of this season, the Cowboys are sticking with Prescott. One argument is he has the "hot hand".

But does the "hot hand" actually exist for an NFL quarterback? Is it a statistically significant phenomenon the Cowboys must adhere to, if they are going to compete for a Super Bowl? Alan Reifman is a professor at Texas Tech University and wrote about this phenomenon:
Hot Hand: The Statistics Behind Sports' Greatest Streaks. You can follow him on Twitter @AlanReifman.

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Analytic Accessibility in NASCAR

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It seems like nearly every sport reports more advanced statistics than ever before. But one sport where that does not seem to be the case is auto racing, specifically NASCAR. While speed and finishes have always been readily available, new ways of evaluating drivers, teams and tracks do not seem to be as commonplace. I spoke to six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson about it, as well as how he feels he and his team have innovated the sport.

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