WFT analytics expert told Ron Rivera to take a knee after final TD

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Washington scored a late touchown on a fourth down that gave the home team a 10-point lead over the Buccaneers. When the time came to go for one or two, coach Ron Rivera opted to go for zero.

“Well, if they block [the one-point attempt] and return it, then it’s a one-score game,” Rivera told PFT by phone after the 29-19 victory. “Of course, they got to execute the two-point play, but still why put ourselves in that position?”

It’s the right approach. Indeed, a two-point return by the Bucs would have left the door open just a crack for Tampa to force overtime.

Rivera said that, as is the case with many teams, Washington’s analytics expert has an open line to the head coach. The word came from analytics to simply take a knee, and that’s what Washington did.

It nailed down an unlikely win for Washington over the Buccaneers, one week before Rivers goes back to Carolina for a game against the Panthers and Cam Newton.

Finally, the failure to add a point or two didn’t make a difference in the wagers on the game. Washington was a big underdog, and the over-under was 51. If it was 48 or lower, it definitely would have been an issue.

7 responses to “WFT analytics expert told Ron Rivera to take a knee after final TD

  1. I’m pretty pro-analytics but I have to wonder how often an extra point is blocked, and how often one is blocked and returned all the way? I guess if an extra point has 0 upside and .005% downside, do the safe thing.

  2. So don’t take chance of blocked punt, but why not try a 2 point run? Eat up a few more seconds. Just don’t fumble

  3. Taking a knee shows you have absolutely No confidence in your team.To me,that was a display of weakness…
    THIS TEAM MAY NOT WIN ANOTHER GAME
    IF THEY DONT GET AGGRESIVE!

  4. @trollingforjustice: Rivera just went for it on 4th down against Tom Brady and you think he has no confidence in his team? Come on! Taking a knee was anti climatic but it was the right move. They lost a few players as did the Bucs, no need to risk more players to get 1 or 2 points that don’t matter.

  5. The priority is the win. Play to win. If you have the option to take a knee for a certain win, or do anything else for any number <100% for win, then use brains and take a knee. Any other decision would be an emotional decision and would demonstrate weakness in leadership ability. Good decision, Rivera.

  6. Finally, the failure to add a point or two didn’t make a difference in the wagers on the game. Washington was a big underdog, and the over-under was 51. If it was 48 or lower, it definitely would have been an issue.

    No, it wouldn’t make a difference, gamblers lose, end of story.

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