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01 Nov 2004, 04:13pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Shakeup Saturday

Russell Levine takes a closer look at the weekend's big college upsets and explains why his alma mater left him with sympathy for Red Sox fans. Plus, is Bill Belichick secretly happy that the Patriots lost?

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30 Oct 2004, 01:03am by Aaron Schatz

AFC-NFC Clashes Match Opposing Strengths

This week, two games analyzed FO-style in an article from Friday's New York Sun. Week 8 brings us two major matchups of a top AFC team against a top NFC team, where the strength of one team balances the strength of the other: The Baltimore defense against the Philadelphia offense, and the Denver running game against the Atlanta front seven. Plus, extra bonus insight from two Football Outsiders readers, one a Falcons fan and one a Broncos backer.

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29 Oct 2004, 11:23am by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: As Not Seen on TV

Al and Vivek talk about the NFL's television policies and wonder why anyone in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania would care about the Ravens. If you've always wanted to read the blackout policy to understand how messed up it is, this is your chance. Plus, the Scramble Mailbag, Best Bets, Ron Dayne Sucks, and the critically acclaimed Keep Choppin' Wood award. This is also the official fantasy football discussion thread for Football Outsiders. Post your start/bench questions here.

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28 Oct 2004, 04:17pm by admin

The Owens Effect

Did you expect Terrell Owens to have such a dramatic effect on the Philadelphia offense? You shouldn't have. It turns out that the improvement in Philadelphia is unprecendented when compared to other recent situations where a star receiver changed teams. And a closer look at Donovan McNabb's numbers shows that the improvement is almost entirely driven by Owens. Michael David Smith and Aaron Schatz investigate in an expanded version of an article previously available in the New York Sun.

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28 Oct 2004, 11:58am by

The SBC Seventh Day Adventure Classic

Michgian and Ohio State may have spurned SBC, but not Seventh Day Adventure writers Russell Levine and Vinny Gauri, who are back to pick the weekend's biggest college games. The competition gets even tougher this week, as Russell's entire family is getting into the act. This also serves as the college open thread to discuss all this weekend's NCAA action.

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26 Oct 2004, 03:15pm by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Michael Strahan

Why didn't Michael Strahan register any sacks on Sunday? What was the Lions' strategy for containing Strahan? And where does Strahan rank among the all-time greatest defensive ends? These questions are answered in the latest installment of Every Play Counts.

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26 Oct 2004, 01:42pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 7 DVOA Ratings

Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 7, although without Aaron’s usual commentary for the math-o-phobic (he's a bit under the weather). Lots of turnover this week as the teams ranked three through seven last week all lost, and many unexpected teams won.

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25 Oct 2004, 04:06pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Gad-Zooks

As our resident college football expert, Russell Levine provides some analysis of the Ron Zook firing at Florida. Will Steve Spurrier return? How many coaches will be able to parlay the Florida opening into a huge raise? Plus, how to know when you've been watching to much sports on TV, and molecular genetics majors unite!

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24 Oct 2004, 09:45pm by

2004 Strategy Revisited, Weeks 1-6

Each week at footballcommentary.com, William Krasker reviews the major coaching decisions of the week through the eyes of his Dynamic Programming Model. Today he revisits the most interesting of those decisions for Football Outsiders, reconsidering them and addressing comments made in the discussion of his articles on Extra Points. Included: Quentin Griffin's fumble in Week 2, San Francisco's punt from the St. Louis 30-yard line in Week 4, and Seattle's clock management in Week 5.

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23 Oct 2004, 01:47am by Aaron Schatz

Game Preview: NYJ-NE / KC-SD Switch Special Teams

Two articles for the price of none. First, this week brings us the first meeting of two undefeated teams with at least five wins apiece since 1973 and hardly anybody in either Boston or New York has paid attention. Aaron tells you what to look for in this game using our innovative Football Outsiders metrics. Second, a year ago everyone was talking about Dante Hall. Now the numbers say Kansas City has the worst special teams unit in the league. Why special teams have contributed to the fall of the Chiefs and the rise of their division rivals in San Diego. Both articles originally appeared in the New York Sun.

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