Originally Posted by jday
Interesting read, but like the above guy mentioned, it doesn't really seem as though the author has actually watched any of the Cowboys games.
He doesn't technically have to watch games because he's basing it off of metrics. Part of the problem with watching the games is that it can turn what is supposed to be objective analysis into subjective analysis.
I think the problem I have is that if you look at the offensive rankings they have on FO.com, they are pretty decent...7th in passing offense and 19th in rushing offense (yes, you read that correctly).
To me, it sure doesn't feel that way. So by not watching games, they run the risk of being fooled by their data.
Personally, I think they may be overvaluing the strength of schedule too much.
However, it depends on what happens. If they get on a hot streak and go 10-6 on the season, then their metrics at this point in time are likely fairly accurate and we just needed to face a more reasonable schedule. But if the team goes in the tank, then they may have to re-analyze their metrics and models and see where things went wrong or come up with a logical explanation of the discrepancy between their projections and Dallas final results.