After 9 weeks, one Loser stands above all. Find out which team takes the title in the inaugural Football Outsiders Loser League Contest, and which NFL player gets the coveted title of Loser League MVP. Plus, Patrick runs down the best losers of Weeks 1-9 and some losers to look out for when you pick your team for Loser League Contest Part II. Signups last through Saturday, November 13.
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09 Nov 2004, 12:38pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 9, along with Aaron's usual commentary for the math-o-phobic. Aaron explains why, despite consecutive victories over New England and Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Steelers are still ranked third. He also has some thoughts on the Colts and Vikings from last night's Monday Night Football contest.
08 Nov 2004, 05:54pm by Russell Levine
By now, you've probably seen 100 replays of Terrell Owens trying to get in Donovan's ear on the Philadelphia sideline Sunday. Is there trouble in paradise? Russell Levine doesn't think so. Plus, Russell's take on the Patriots, the Buccaneers, the weekly Mike Martz award, and a full breakdown of the BCS outlook.
06 Nov 2004, 03:27am by P. Ryan Wilson
Conventional wisdom says teams coming off a bye week have an advantage over their opponents, but what does the statistical analysis say? FO's Ryan Wilson breaks down the numbers for 2004.
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05 Nov 2004, 12:53pm by scramble
Is only one award per column week not enough for Scramble for the Ball readers? Say no more, your prayers have been answered! Al and Vivek hand out some mid-season Scramblies, including the Ric Flair Award, the Rashaan Salaam Award, and the Derek Jeter Award. Plus, Best Bets, the Scramble Mailbag, and an update on the standings heading into the last week of the first half Loser League Contest. And, to double your pleasure, the Week 8 and mid-season versions of the world famous Keep Choppin' Wood Award.
04 Nov 2004, 07:03pm by Aaron Schatz
Does it seem like every football writer that you read regularly penned an article about Drew Brees on Wednesday? Guess what, you're right, and that includes Football Outsiders. Now, in an expanded version of an article from Wednesday's New York Sun, Aaron says that it isn't a surprise that Brees has had a rebound season in 2004. Coming to that conclusion introduces the FO version of a classic baseball analysis tool: similarity scores.
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Now that the election is behind us, it's time to concentrate on the polls that really matter: the AP, ESPN/USA Today, and the BCS. Seventh Day Adventure breaks down all of Saturday's biggest college games and offers picks. Plus, what has college football come to when a running back has to pay for his own lap dances? This is also the open thread for discussing NCAA action all weekend long.
03 Nov 2004, 01:58pm by Michael David Smith
Whose name will Paul Tagliabue call first when he steps to the podium in April? We make our guess this week as Every Play Counts switches from the pros to the college gridiron to look at the player who might represent the future of the Miami Dolphins.
02 Nov 2004, 03:46pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 8, along with Aaron's usual commentary for the math-o-phobic. This week's discussion topics include the Patriots loss and their upcoming opponents in St. Louis -- by far our lowest-ranked winning team. Plus, what upcoming schedules have to say about which teams are going to make the AFC playoffs.
02 Nov 2004, 02:54am by Aaron Schatz
Finally, the long-awaited explanation of changes in our special teams metrics, including a discussion of the effect of weather and altitude on special teams and tons of lists of the best and worst special teams units of the season so far.
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