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23 Oct 2004, 01:47am by Aaron Schatz

Game Preview: NYJ-NE / KC-SD Switch Special Teams

Two articles for the price of none. First, this week brings us the first meeting of two undefeated teams with at least five wins apiece since 1973 and hardly anybody in either Boston or New York has paid attention. Aaron tells you what to look for in this game using our innovative Football Outsiders metrics. Second, a year ago everyone was talking about Dante Hall. Now the numbers say Kansas City has the worst special teams unit in the league. Why special teams have contributed to the fall of the Chiefs and the rise of their division rivals in San Diego. Both articles originally appeared in the New York Sun.

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23 Oct 2004, 01:47am by Aaron Schatz

Game Preview: NYJ-NE / KC-SD Switch Special Teams

Two articles for the price of none. First, this week brings us the first meeting of two undefeated teams with at least five wins apiece since 1973 and hardly anybody in either Boston or New York has paid attention. Aaron tells you what to look for in this game using our innovative Football Outsiders metrics. Second, a year ago everyone was talking about Dante Hall. Now the numbers say Kansas City has the worst special teams unit in the league. Why special teams have contributed to the fall of the Chiefs and the rise of their division rivals in San Diego. Both articles originally appeared in the New York Sun.

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22 Oct 2004, 12:38pm by Al Bogdan

Scramble for the Ball: One Hand Clapping

Al's flying solo this week as Vivek is recovering from the Yankee collapse down in Florida. Today's column revisits favorite Scramble topics of the past, with a look at the current Super Bowl odds compared to Super Bowl odds back in February and a check of the remaining teams in the Scramble Survivor league. Plus Best Bets, a technical difficulties edition of the Scramble Mailbag, and the internationally renowned Keep Choppin' Wood Award.

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21 Oct 2004, 10:48pm 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. This week: What the heck happened to the Green Bay defense, a further explanation of special teams, and a look at the historic ineptitude of the Miami offense. Plus, could it be better for the defense to decline most five-yard penalties?

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21 Oct 2004, 10:48pm 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. This week: What the heck happened to the Green Bay defense, a further explanation of special teams, and a look at the historic ineptitude of the Miami offense. Plus, could it be better for the defense to decline most five-yard penalties?

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21 Oct 2004, 03:47pm by

Seventh Day Adventure: Susan Returns

Susan Levine again joins the Seventh Day Adventure team to see if she can once more out-prognosticate her husband, Russell, in picking the weekend's biggest college games. Beating her husband was one thing, but this week Susan is gunning for Vinny Gauri as well. This is also the open thread for discussing all of this weekend's college games.

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20 Oct 2004, 06:15pm by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Washington's Offensive Line

The famous Hogs were the anchor of Joe Gibbs' championship teams in Washington, and Gibbs has brought offensive line coach Joe Bugel back to the NFL with him. Michael David Smith looks at every play in this week's Washington-Chicago game and says that, for one week at least, the current Redskins line lived up swine standards.

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20 Oct 2004, 06:08pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 6 DVOA Ratings

Here are the Football Outsiders team efficiency ratings after Week 6, along with Aaron's usual commentary for the math-o-phobic. Think you know which team holds the title "best team with a losing record"? You may be surprised. Plus, our first look this year at the Football Outsiders offensive and defensive line statistics. Who's responsible for New England's decline against the run? Does Indianapolis have the most underrated offensive line in football?

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18 Oct 2004, 03:34pm by Russell Levine

Confessions of a Football Junkie: Ivy Style

Saturday was a big day of college football. So where was Russell Levine? At the Brown-Princeton game, appreciating the unique qualities of Ivy League football and trying to pass on his love of the sport to his kids. Plus, Mike Holmgren bids to have the Mike Martz Award renamed in his honor and, yes, more two-point follies.

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17 Oct 2004, 09:37pm by admin

Setting the Pace, Part II

In the first half of his guest column on offensive pace, Jim Armstrong showed that a faster or slower pace seems to have absolutely no connection with winning more games or even scoring more points. In part two, Jim looks at competing theories about how teams should change their pace. Should teams find the pace that works for their offense and stick with it, or should they specifically slow down against stronger opponents?

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