15 Oct 2004, 11:48am by scramble
What do former professional wrestler Ron Simmons, Mehmet Okur, and The View co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck have in common? Absolutely nothing, but they're all mentioned in this week's edition of Scramble for the Ball. Plus, a super-sized mailbag, Loser League Contest Update, Bets Bets and the award-winning Keep Choppin' Wood Award.
15 Oct 2004, 12:59am by Aaron Schatz
It feels like more than ever the NFL is split between teams that can score at will but can't stop anyone, and teams that can play defense but can't score themselves. Are there really that many more unbalanced teams this season than in years past? It depends how you look at it according to Aaron in this article reprinted from Tuesday's edition of the New York Sun. Possibly the first article about the NFL ever inspired by a Philip Glass composition.
After a combined 5-15 effort picking college games last weekend, Seventh Day Adventure writers Vinny Gauri and Russell Levine get some added competition from Russell's wife, Susan, who answered a challenge from her husband to see if she could do better. Does a boys' weekend in Las Vegas hang in the balance? This is also the thread for discussion of all this weekend's college action as it happens, Thursday night through Saturday.
13 Oct 2004, 10:35pm by admin
Pace is a popular subject in NBA analysis, but what about the NFL? Are there any strategic elements to setting the pace? Does a so-called "ball control" offense really help when a team is overmatched? Jim Armstrong explores these issues in a two-part guest column. In part one, which were the fastest and slowest teams in 2003, and does a faster or slower pace help a team to win?
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13 Oct 2004, 12:49pm by Michael David Smith
Each week in Every Play Counts, Michael David Smith takes a look at one particular aspect of a team throughout a single game. But now that he's seen every team at least once, he's noticed a lot of little things that don't make it into Every Play Counts -- or any other column on the Web, for that matter. Little issues like player quickness, or which wide receivers can block, that don't get covered in the highlights but have an impact on wins and losses. So this week, Every Play Counts becomes Every Team Counts, a notebook of all the little things that have occurred in the first few weeks.
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12 Oct 2004, 01:27pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 5, along with Aaron's usual commentary for the math-o-phobic. This week brings us the first adjustments for opponent, and those adjustments separate the top four teams in the league. Philadelphia has played a difficult schedule, New England an average schedule, and Seattle and the Jets easy schedules. Plus more on which teams look better or worse than the stats indicate so far, and TV announcers who can't tell a quarterback from an offensive tackle.
11 Oct 2004, 06:26pm by Russell Levine
Think Leonard Little's sack on 3rd-and-5 was the key play in Sunday's critical St. Louis-Seattle contest? In this week's Junkie, Russell Levine explains why the real key came two plays earlier. He also discusses controversial finishes in college and the NFL, and continues his personal crusades against poor clock management and two-point conversion decisions.
11 Oct 2004, 12:43am by Aaron Schatz
One of the more popular statistics for rating the best NFL teams, particularly with gambling touts, is yards per point. It's come up on this site recently, particularly regarding the 2001 Patriots. Does it really recognize an offense's ability to efficiently turn drives into touchdowns, or a defense's ability to "bend but not break" by keeping points allowed down even if the other team drives down the field? How does it compare to DVOA, the play-by-play breakdown rating we use here at Football Outsiders?
08 Oct 2004, 11:46am by scramble
Al and Vivek celebrate "Running Backs Missing Playing Time Because of Drugs Week" with thoughts on Jamal Lewis' conviction, Ricky Williams' possible comeback attempt, and Siegfried & Roy. Plus, a Loser League Contest Update, the Scramble Mailbag and the one, the only, Keep Choppin' Wood Award. Also, because you demanded it, Scramble for the Ball is now the official Football Outsiders home for fantasy football discussion. Have any start/bench or waiver pickup questions? Post 'em here.
07 Oct 2004, 04:59pm by Michael David Smith
The top storyline this weekend is New England's attempt to surpass the (unofficial) NFL record of 18 straight victories, playoffs included. We're talking so much about the Patriots, however, that nobody is saying anything about the six great teams whose record may be broken. Michael David Smith has a quick primer on these teams, their best players, and the game that broke each streak, not to mention the Cuervo Gold and the fine Columbian that make tonight a wonderful thing.