20 Dec 2005, 02:20pm by Ned Macey
They finally got to pop the champagne in Miami. Unlike in previous seasons, the Colts did not lose because of a leaky defense, they lost because of an offensive line that could not stop what has become a dominant San Diego pass rush. Meanwhile, both teams feature stud running backs that are banged up. One of them should now get some much-needed rest, while the other is likely to get more rest than he wants starting January 1.
45 comments, Last at 23 Dec 2005, 1:18pm by Jerrod Sieberg
13 Dec 2005, 11:23am by Ned Macey
With the Chargers finishing the year against Miami, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Denver, everybody knew they would lose again. Just nobody thought it would be to the Dolphins. Ned Macey looks at how it happened and finds a banged up LT, a strengthened Miami defense, and the Chargers in need of help from a member of the Rat Pack to save their fading playoff hopes.
65 comments, Last at 16 Dec 2005, 9:54pm by nump
06 Dec 2005, 03:10pm by Ned Macey
The Bengals are better than the Steelers. DVOA has known that for weeks. Even so, they lost to the Steelers in Week 7, so they were the underdogs until they proved otherwise. Ned Macey looks at how Cincinnati has improved in the last six weeks and how Pittsburgh is, well, still Pittsburgh.
23 comments, Last at 11 Dec 2005, 8:22pm by J
29 Nov 2005, 02:34pm by Ned Macey
Remember when the addition of Randy Moss was going to make the Raiders one of the most feared offenses in football? Remember when somebody thought it was a good idea to sign Gus Frerotte to be their starting quarterback? Ned Macey finds an Oakland offense playing below expectations and a Miami team that may be one player away from being competitive.
37 comments, Last at 02 Dec 2005, 5:52pm by Ryan Carney
22 Nov 2005, 01:12pm by Ned Macey
Call this one a pundit upset. FO regulars have been quicker to catch on to the Bears as a pretty good team and the Panthers as a pretty mediocre one. But it gives Ned Macey the opportunity to break down the stellar Chicago defense and the struggling Carolina offense. And call him crazy, but he doesn't care for Kyle Orton.
57 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 4:14pm by squintsp
15 Nov 2005, 02:27pm by Ned Macey
Did you know that Atlanta has players besides Michael Vick? Unfortunately for them, too many of the ones who play defense are not good. They let Samwise Gamgee ... er, Samkon Gado run all over them. Ned Macey investigates this hero from the Shire, as well as some mysterious bad luck for the Falcons. Who ever could have predicted that? As always, watch for orcs and trolls.
80 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2005, 1:01pm by Sid
08 Nov 2005, 02:56pm by Ned Macey
How do you write an article about a big upset on a weekend when there were no upsets? Ned Macey writes about the Colts' upsetting the balance of power in the AFC, where the Pats have long been better. Any Given Sunday looks at how Monday's game proved that's no longer true.
64 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2005, 11:41am by Starshatterer
01 Nov 2005, 02:46pm by Ned Macey
Jacksonville likes close games, but when you always play close games, you can lose. Clutch performance is a cruel mistress. After Sunday's game, the Jaguars have a decision to make about who to play at receiver. The Rams have a bye to get healthy, and is it possible that they just won a game because of a special teams play?
19 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2005, 1:13pm by NELPHONIOUS OF pENNEFIELDE
25 Oct 2005, 02:12pm by Ned Macey
LaMont Jordan dominated the Bills' run defense, but this may say more about the Bills than Jordan. Ned Macey investigates how a supposed premier defense has completely deteriorated against the run, finds a strength in the Raiders' defense, and appreciates the early-season success of Doug Gabriel.
21 comments, Last at 27 Oct 2005, 4:44am by lafacdio
18 Oct 2005, 03:05pm by Ned Macey
Favorites won every game but the one in Pittsburgh this weekend, and since Tommy Maddox does not a satisfactory NFL quarterback make, Ned Macey takes a close look at the almost upset in San Antonio. Mike Vick was up to his 2004 ways, spraying passes and getting bailed out by his teammates. The Saints managed to keep the game close thanks to a running game that somehow survived the loss of Deuce McAllister.
70 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2005, 6:14pm by Jason