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11 Dec 2004, 06:21pm by Aaron Schatz

NFC Teams Seek to Emerge from Mediocrity

Three game previews from Friday's edition of the New York Sun, including Rams-Panthers, Bucs-Chargers, and Jaguars-Bears. Plus, as an added bonus, Tuesday's Sun column on this year's dramatic number of teams that have gone from 1-4 (or worse) to playoff contention.

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10 Dec 2004, 04:01pm by admin

Homage to Dr. Z Power Rankings

Here they are, the results of our Homage to Dr. Z contest. You, the Football Outsiders readers, produced this truly Z-worthy tribute to the great Paul Zimmerman and his weekly power rankings.

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10 Dec 2004, 12:55pm by Aaron Schatz

VOA Mailbag

It’s another edition of our mailbag, where Aaron answers your questions related to VOA and other statistics from Football Outsiders. How can Houston and New Orleans look so inconsistent and yet rate as being so consistent? Which teams are the best in the red zone? What's the best team to ever be outscored on the season? Should you rest your starters before the playoffs? Plus, just when you thought it was safe to watch kickoffs, Martin Grammatica returns! It's all part of a suspiciously Colts-oriented mailbag.

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10 Dec 2004, 12:55pm by Aaron Schatz

VOA Mailbag

It’s another edition of our mailbag, where Aaron answers your questions related to VOA and other statistics from Football Outsiders. How can Houston and New Orleans look so inconsistent and yet rate as being so consistent? Which teams are the best in the red zone? What's the best team to ever be outscored on the season? Should you rest your starters before the playoffs? Plus, just when you thought it was safe to watch kickoffs, Martin Grammatica returns! It's all part of a suspiciously Colts-oriented mailbag.

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09 Dec 2004, 12:45pm by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: The Kids Are Alright

Al and Vivek are here a day early, talking about the new batch of running backs that are using the second half of this season to make their marks. Plus, the Scramble Mailbag, Best Bets, and a Loser League Contest Update, and a two-sport edition of the Keep Choppin' Wood Award. This is also the place for fantasy football questions and discussion for this weekend's games.

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08 Dec 2004, 11:40am by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Unsung Steelers

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.

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07 Dec 2004, 04:47pm by Mike Tanier

Skin of the Teeth: The Worst Playoff Teams Ever

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

Week 13 DVOA Ratings

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.

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06 Dec 2004, 11:14pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Threesome

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.

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06 Dec 2004, 01:27am by

2004 Strategy Revisisted, Weeks 6-12

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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