On Now
Coming Up
  • Wed., Jun. 01, 2016 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT Cooley and Kevin

    Check out Cooley and Kevin weekdays from 7am-11am on ESPN 980, online at ESPN980.com and via the ESPN 980 App for

    iPhone and Android. 

  • Wed., Jun. 01, 2016 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM EDT Redskins Nation Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet
  • Wed., Jun. 01, 2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT The Tony Kornheiser Show Check out The Tony Kornheiser Show weekdays from 11am-1pm on ESPN 980, online at ESPN980.com and via the ESPN 980 App for iPhone and Android.
  • Wed., Jun. 01, 2016 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet
  • Wed., Jun. 01, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM EDT Redskins Nation Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet
  • Thu., Jun. 02, 2016 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM EDT Redskins Nation Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet
  • Thu., Jun. 02, 2016 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet
  • Thu., Jun. 02, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM EDT Redskins Nation Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet
  • Fri., Jun. 03, 2016 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM EDT Redskins Nation Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet
  • Fri., Jun. 03, 2016 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Redskins Nation Redskins Nation on Comcast SportsNet

Football Momentum: A Myth Or Reality?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 29, 2011 – 7:01 pm

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

In a recent edition of NFL.com’s “Football Freakonomics,” the experts looked into the issue of whether momentum was a myth in the NFL.  If a team is flying high, should we expect them to stay high?  If a team is low, will they stay low?

I broke down some of the stats provided in the video and asked my own panel of experts how they felt about momentum in the context of the game.

Fact: Since 2001, after a team enjoys a long kick return (40-plus yards) or punt return (30-plus yards), that team is approximately four-times as likely to score on the next play than they are to score on any other play from scrimmage.  

Special teams practitioner Graham Gano responds:

“I mean, if you don’t believe in momentum, then you’re crazy,” he said matter-of factly.  “You can feel it in the game, you can see it on the sidelines.  When you have a big return, like Banks returning one, you can look at the other sidelines and see everyone sulking around.”

For Gano, momentum is a precarious balance, waiting to shift on a given play.  At times, it can shift within a play itself.

“It can happen on one play,” he said.  “You can have a big return like that, and have a fumble or interception on the next play–I think it shifts.  I think that’s a big part of the game, and the appeal of the game.” Read more »


Tags: , , ,
Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »
%d bloggers like this: