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.
It's a Mr. Mom theme in Seventh Day Adventure this week, as Russell attempts to escape Chuck E. Cheese's so he can catch the first absolute must-see Saturday of the college football season. Russell and Vinny discuss the Battle for the Jug, the Red River Shootout, and whatever you want to call the USC-Cal game (The Fredo Bowl?). Guaranteed to be the only college football column on the Internet with multiple Dora the Explorer references, not to mention some unexpected 'Dores references. Vandy is dandy, but liquor is quicker. This is also the thread to discuss all this weekend's college games.
06 Oct 2004, 11:03am by Michael David Smith
Is the Chiefs' front seven really as bad as it looked in the first two weeks? Or is it starting to improve? And if it is improving, is that because of Gunther Cunningham? Or did a little-noticed free agent signing make a big impact? Find out that and more in our latest installment of Every Play Counts.
05 Oct 2004, 01:35pm by Aaron Schatz
Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 4, along with Aaron's usual commentary for the math-o-phobic. Which teams are living up to our preseason projections, and which are not? Can looking at the past tell us anything about which teams will improve or fall apart over the course of the season? And does the win at Baltimore mean there is hope for the Kansas City Chiefs?
04 Oct 2004, 07:18pm by Russell Levine
Russell Levine reviews the weekend in college and pro football and offers thoughts on the agony of the back-door cover, the biggest statements of the week (other than the one made by his two year old daughter), and the whereabouts of Don Criqui. Plus, the weekly Mike Martz Award.
04 Oct 2004, 12:04pm by P. Ryan Wilson
Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer are both in their first year as starting quarterbacks. Therefore, the Steelers and Bengals are both destined for losing seasons. Right? Nope. Ryan Wilson explains why a quarterback's experience may factor into team success less than you think.
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