Back in 2015, Deflategate hit the NFL. Did deflated footballs give New England an advantage over Indianapolis in the AFC championship game?
The number suggested yes. Warren Sharp looked at fumbles and showed that New England led the NFL over the previous 5 seasons.
In this episode of The Football Analytics Show, I look back at the real insights from the fumble data in 2015. New England wasn’t an outlier in fumbles but another turnover metric.
Now, we can look at four more years of fumble data. Did deflated footballs help New England reduce fumbles, an edge now gone? Or is there skill in fumbles, which will help New England in the Super Bowl against the Rams?
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