03 Jan 2006, 07:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Indianapolis ranks as the top team of 2005 according to the final Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, by the slimmest of margins over the Denver Broncos. Kansas City moves all the way up to third, something they can look back on with pride as they set their January tee times. The fact that the Chiefs moved ahead of the Seahawks should be a clue as to the major problem explored in this week's commentary on FOXSports.com. Hint: Do you know the names Seneca Wallace and Bam Childress?
104 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2006, 1:04pm by Sid
03 Jan 2006, 04:59pm by Ned Macey
The last shall be first and the first shall be last. So goes the theory of Loser League, where fans of Kyle Orton and Antowain Smith can see their favorite players truly excel. Ned Macey takes a look back at the second half of the league to see which players shine when mediocrity is the goal.
14 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2006, 1:16am by Catfish
01 Jan 2006, 03:15pm by admin
Where does Marvin Harrison rank among the greatest receivers of all time? Why wasn't Seattle's win over Philadelphia one of the top ten games of the year? If the 1000-yard season is no big deal anymore, how many yards should count as a great season? We answer those questions and do some in-depth explaining of DVOA in this weekâ€™s mailbag. Note: no Audibles column this week.
62 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 6:36pm by CaffeineMan
31 Dec 2005, 12:42am by admin
In this week's game previews from the New York Sun, Aaron Schatz looks at which teams on the postseason bubble might blow a shot at the playoffs against an inferior opponent. But as Michael David Smith points out, it may not matter -- because teams that need a win in the final week to make the playoffs never get as far as the Super Bowl.
57 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 1:42pm by judolphin
The college bowl season is turning serious, and despite the events of the Alamo Bowl, Vinny and Russell are back to offer their insight and analysis of the New Year's weekend games. We've also set up a special separate thread for discussing the Rose Bowl, and you'll find that here.
179 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 10:03am by James Stephenson
30 Dec 2005, 10:00am by Mike Tanier
The first annual Too Deep Zone All-Rookie Team is built for smashmouth football. The linebackers are outstanding, the secondary is solid, and the running back can move the chains. There's even depth at punter. Just don't expect a great passing attack.
47 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 11:19pm by BjÃ¶rn
29 Dec 2005, 11:17am by Michael David Smith
We take a break this week from analyzing one specific game to reflect on 10 players who will become free agents in 2006, ignoring the big names like Terrell Owens and Shaun Alexander and instead considering some of the lesser-known players who could make a big impact.
54 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2006, 3:46pm by george nyarko
28 Dec 2005, 03:15pm by Al Bogdan
If you've ever wanted an in-depth look at a strength of victory tiebreaker situation, this is the article for you. There's also a fantasy draft gone horribly awry (Kevin Jones, anyone?) and an extraordinary smorgasbord of Best Bets from Al. Plus the newest Jason Beattie cartoon.
30 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2006, 10:34am by NextCoast Winos
28 Dec 2005, 12:22pm by Will Carroll
Without Tedy Bruschi, the Patriots might not go far in the playoffs. The same goes for the Bengals and Deltha O'Neal. And the Redskins may not even be in the playoffs without Mark Brunell. Will Carroll has medical updates on these players and others in this week's Black and Blue Report.
24 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 1:36am by mactbone
27 Dec 2005, 06:22pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the latest DVOA ratings through Week 16, with Seattle, Pittsburgh, Washington, and Kansas City all getting hot just in time for the playoffs. Too bad the Chiefs won't actually be there. Commentary for the math-o-phobic on FOXSports.com here. Wed noon: Incorrect values on original tables are now fixed.
265 comments, Last at 31 Dec 2005, 5:20pm by putnamp