Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson let it ride during a recent radio interview leading up to Sunday’s game against the Browns, saying, “I truly hope that we hang 40 [points] on them” and “their offense probably shouldn’t score against our defense.”
Instead of pushing the chatter aside, Browns coach Hue Jackson said he wants Gipson’s comments to resonate with his winless football team.
Gipson played four seasons in a Browns uniform after going undrafted in 2012. He was not re-signed as a free agent in 2016.
Ah, but what, exactly, constitutes a favorable or unfavorable matchup?
That’s where the “Matchups Map” comes in. Each week, I’ll provide a schedule-independent method to determine strength of positional matchups, using the most recent, relevant data. Check back for updated numbers each week, including matchup highlights at each position — both favorable and unfavorable — based upon those statistics. For these purposes, we will use PPR (point per reception) scoring, though I have analyzed this data for both PPR and non-PPR and have found that the rankings would scarcely change (if at all). These do, therefore, help in either scoring format.
The maps include two measures: The first, “Rk,” is my personal ranking of how favorable/unfavorable I consider that positional matchup; the second, “Adj. FPA,” reflects how far above or below a player’s average that defense has held opponents at that position. All data is from the past five weeks’ NFL action.