15 Jan 2008, 07:23am by Ned Macey
San Diego, with Norv Turner at the helm, went into Indianapolis and beat the defending champions. Impossible, right? It took the development of a well-executed downfield passing attack made possible by an injury to Dwight Freeney. Are they up to the challenge of taking down the Patriots? In a word, "Volek."
132 comments, Last at 02 Aug 2008, 9:55pm by Scott
08 Jan 2008, 11:39am by Ned Macey
The way to beat the Giants is to stop the run, take away the deep pass, and make Eli Manning beat you with precise throws, right? The Bucs tried that but were thwarted by Manning, who was exceptionally accurate. Meanwhile, a fierce pass rush and a banged-up Joey Galloway combined to shut down the Tampa Bay offense.
38 comments, Last at 10 Jan 2008, 12:59am by Douglas Nix
25 Dec 2007, 01:25pm by Ned Macey
The Vikings won five straight games by pounding the rock and stopping the run. What happens when the other team loads the box against Adrian Peterson and decides to throw the ball against their defensive backs in man coverage? Answer: A loss, and very likely a January tee time.
39 comments, Last at 29 Dec 2007, 8:28pm by Pat
18 Dec 2007, 11:49am by Ned Macey
The Eagles finally win a close one over the no-longer-dominant Cowboys. An injured quarterback is forcing throws to his closely-covered primary receiver, so why consider the running game with one of the game's top backs? For the Eagles, Donovan McNabb is starting to regain his elusiveness, which could open up the offense.
58 comments, Last at 20 Dec 2007, 7:24pm by MdM
11 Dec 2007, 02:17pm by Ned Macey
The Buccaneers lost, but maybe a little perspective is in order. Luke McCown runs out of magic on third down. Andre Johnson makes the Texans a radically different team. Sage Rosenfels is a competent NFL quarterback. Plus, the story of two stud defensive ends who took very different paths to the NFL.
21 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2007, 10:19am by Mr Shush
04 Dec 2007, 01:48pm by Ned Macey
The Broncos playoff hopes disappear in a sloppy loss in Oakland. The Broncos run game is struggling so badly, they could not run on the Raiders. Meanwhile, a banner day in the McCown household, the debut of JaMarcus Russell, and a bad pass defense despite two standout cornerbacks.
22 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2007, 9:03pm by forcefulmuffin
27 Nov 2007, 01:26pm by Ned Macey
When the opposing defense scores more points off passes from your quarterback then you do, it makes it pretty easy to figure out what the problem is. Unfortunately for the Giants, the best way to fix their passing attack is sitting in an NBC studio. Plus: Minnesota, playoff contender? It has come to that.
54 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2007, 9:49pm by Jin
20 Nov 2007, 03:55pm by Ned Macey
Injuries in Indy are giving the Steelers a shot at that precious first-round bye, but their hopes for a second seed hit a snag against the lowly Jets. The offense has no margin for error and relies too much on Ben Roethlisberger to perform Herculean feats. Plus: gratuitous mentions of Michigan Wolverines in honor of Lloyd Carr's retirement.
45 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2007, 12:34pm by Justin Zeth
13 Nov 2007, 01:44pm by Ned Macey
The one good thing about starting 0-8 is that a win is likely to warrant a write-up in this space. The excitement of New Orleans' four-game winning streak was extremely tempered by their continued lack of a competent pass defense. Plus, count the Rams offensive line injuries, and you can't spell "Saints defense DVOA" without D-A-V-I-D.
24 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2007, 12:31am by max
06 Nov 2007, 01:21pm by Ned Macey
The Vikings win over the Chargers is a good reminder that matchups matter in the NFL, and the Vikings' run defense against any run-heavy offense is not a fair fight. Plus another excuse for Ned Macey to talk up Eric Parker, a comparison to "The Axeman," and yet more effusive praise for Adrian Peterson.
65 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2007, 5:41pm by raffy