Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Jan 2006, 05:32pm by Aaron Schatz

NFC Wild Card Preview

No more 8-8 teams for the NFC; this year, every team in the playoffs has at least 10 wins. Can the Giants overcome the injuries to their linebackers, or will the Panthers reward those who have supported them since the preseason? The Redskins are the hottest team in the NFC, but can they go on the road with an injured secondary to get revenge for their one-point loss against Tampa Bay? With help from Michael David Smith’s tape analysis and our Football Outsiders statistics, Aaron previews the NFC wild card contests.

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27 comments, Last at 14 Apr 2009, 1:44pm by Visitor

06 Jan 2006, 01:28pm by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: The Big Jaworski

NFL Matchup is the pregame show for the discerning fan, and nobody explains the subtleties of football like Ron Jaworski. So how could Aaron and Mike refuse a chance to spend a full day studying film with Jaws himself? Sit in with us as we learn at the feet of The Dude in an extra deep edition of Too Deep Zone.

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74 comments, Last at 15 Feb 2011, 4:03pm by KADIN

05 Jan 2006, 09:50am by Michael David Smith

2005 Every Play Counts All-Pro Team

A year of scouring tape culminates with the Every Play Counts All-Pro Team, a collection of players -- many of whom were snubbed by the Pro Bowl -- who were the best at their positions this year.

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105 comments, Last at 06 Aug 2006, 3:44am by That Dude

04 Jan 2006, 06:11pm by Will Carroll

Black and Blue Wild Card Report

We're down to 12 teams, but that doesn't mean fewer injuries, because the injuries on those 12 teams become even more important. Will Carroll looks at the medical situation for the eight teams playing this weekend, plus Drew Brees and Cedric Benson.

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39 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2006, 4:34am by laura

04 Jan 2006, 02:17pm by admin

2006 Playoff Fantasy Draft

For the third straight year, the FO staff gets together to talk about the playoffs and put on our own playoff fantasy draft. Can the Giants go far in the playoffs? Will Chicago actually score any points? What is the "Patriots magic beans" theory? Of course, in a playoff fantasy draft, you want as many players from the top seeds as possible. Can we actually take three Seattle receivers? Yes, we can.

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90 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2006, 9:34pm by RLB

03 Jan 2006, 07:03pm by Aaron Schatz

Final 2005 DVOA Ratings

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?

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104 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2006, 1:04pm by Sid

03 Jan 2006, 04:59pm by Ned Macey

Loser League Second Half Report

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.

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14 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2006, 1:16am by Catfish

01 Jan 2006, 03:15pm by admin

FO Mailbag

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 week’s mailbag. Note: no Audibles column this week.

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62 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 6:36pm by CaffeineMan

31 Dec 2005, 12:42am by admin

Win and You're In -- But Does It Matter?

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.

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57 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 1:42pm by judolphin

30 Dec 2005, 01:53pm by

SDA Bowl Spectacular Part II

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.

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179 comments, Last at 05 Jan 2006, 10:03am by James Stephenson