08 Dec 2004, 11:40am by Michael David Smith
Can you be the best team in the league if you don't have any stars? Absolutely. We discuss how the Steelers might be in the process of doing just that in this week's installment of Every Play Counts.
07 Dec 2004, 04:47pm by Mike Tanier
The term "playoff race" is a bit of a misnomer when every team in the NFC seems to be running away from the playoffs. We could have two 8-8 teams in the playoffs this season, maybe even a 7-9 team. Michael Tanier looks at the worst teams to ever make the postseason, and what the histories of those teams say about the feeble NFC playoff contenders of 2004.
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07 Dec 2004, 01:37pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 13, along with Aaron's usual commentary for the math-o-phobic. Once again all four of the top teams move up, but Philadelphia moves up the most and that puts them back in the top spot. How good are these four teams are compared to the best teams of the past few years? Very, very good. How mediocre are the 15 NFC teams that do not play in Philadelphia? Very, very mediocre.
06 Dec 2004, 11:14pm by Russell Levine
Russell Levine looks at the final weekend of the college football season, and how the BCS works and doesn't work. What is three divided by two, and why will football fans be protesting alongside radicals in Berkeley? Plus, a look at the best non-BCS bowls and the start of silly season.
At his website footballcommentary.com, William Krasker regularly reviews major coaching decisions through the eyes of probability theory. In this article for Football Outsiders, he revisits his analysis from the past six weeks, and talks about a few new situations. Included: Mike Martz's fake field goal call from Week 12, Mike Tice's two-point conversion decision in Week 11, and the possibility of teams taking penalties on purpose to eat clock time. Plus, Jets fans think Herman Edwards makes a lot of bad decisions, but one decision this year surely must rank as the worst, and you may have never even noticed it.
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04 Dec 2004, 03:08am by Aaron Schatz
In Philadelphia, the Packers and Eagles each match their greatest strength against their opponent's greatest weakness. It's America's chance to decide: Who are we more tired of hearing about, Terrell Owens or Brett Favre? And when Denver and San Diego play for the AFC West title, all eyes will be on the tight end. But will it be the right tight end? Two big games analyzed Football Outsiders-style in this article from Friday's New York Sun.
03 Dec 2004, 11:35am by scramble
Have you been perplexed by the quarterback carousel in Arizona? So have Al and Vivek. The Cardinals, Redskins, Bears, Cowboys, and Giants all feel the wrath of the scramblers this week. Plus, the Scramble Mailbag, Best Bets, a Loser League Contest Update, and the Ayurveda-friendly Keep Choppin' Wood Award. This is also the place for fantasy football questions and discussion.
This is the final weekend of the college football regular season, with conference championships and BCS berths on the line. Vinny Gauri and Russell Levine break it all down, and answer the question: "What's the perfect reward for a successful trip to Detroit?" This article also serves as the college football open thread to discuss the games and the BCS selections on Sunday.
01 Dec 2004, 11:31am by Michael David Smith
Sure, Peyton Manning is going to set the NFL record for most touchdown passes thrown in one season. But what about Tarik Glenn? He's going to set the NFL record for most touchdown passes blocked for in one season. Shouldn't he get some attention? He gets it in this week's installment of Every Play Counts.
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30 Nov 2004, 01:29pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 12, along with Aaron's usual commentary for the math-o-phobic. This week, we explain why certain teams have DVOA ratings that don't quite match their won-loss records, and where the gap comes from. Also, experience the anger of Tampa Bay and Denver fans as I reprint an email discussion among the FO staff, and a special hidden message for Buffalo Bills fans.