Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Feb 2006, 01:54am by Aaron Schatz

Super Bowl XL Preview

The Seahawks have the league's most balanced offensive attack. The Steelers have demolished three top offenses in three straight games with a swarming, tenacious defense. Which of these standout units can overcome the other to win Super Bowl XL? Actually, the answer is probably "neither." The biggest variable in this game is Pittsburgh's turnaround converting third downs vs. the Seattle secondary. Our DVOA-packed preview of Super Bowl XL is available on FOXSports.com, along with Mike Tanier's Super Bowl XL Rundown and Michael David Smith's look at key matchups. This thread is for discussion of all three.

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208 comments, Last at 08 Feb 2006, 12:11pm by JMM

02 Feb 2006, 05:30pm by Bill Moore

Second(ary) Look

Other than tackles, interceptions, and sacks, there are very few publicly available stats to measure the quality of individual defensive players. That's why this year, Football Outsiders began a project to chart games and get more data to improve our analysis of defense. Bill Moore takes a look at this unofficial data to draw some conclusions about the Pittsburgh and Seattle secondaries -- some of which may surprise you.

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75 comments, Last at 05 Feb 2006, 4:30pm by DGL

01 Feb 2006, 01:13pm by scramble

Scramble's Third Annual Super Bowl Prop Bet Extravaganza

Will Verron Haynes have more than 16.5 combined yards? Will there be more than 8.5 punts? Will Jerome Bettis gain more yards than Kobe Bryant scores points? The answer to these questions and more are inside Scramble for the Ball's third annual look at practically every wager you could make on the Super Bowl.

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41 comments, Last at 08 Feb 2006, 1:22pm by Al

30 Jan 2006, 01:53pm by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Seattle's Defensive Tackles

Lofa Tatupu has emerged as one of the big names on the Seahawks' defense. Tatupu deserves his praise, but this week Michael David Smith looks at the players who put Tatupu in a position to succeed.

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76 comments, Last at 02 Feb 2006, 4:34pm by J.S.

27 Jan 2006, 05:18pm by admin

FO Mailbag

Among this week's questions: How did the injury to Flozell Adams affect the Dallas running game? Can we compare quarterbacks across eras? Why do strategies from the college game not work in the NFL? Which defenses faced the most fourth-down tries? And which team is on top of weighted DVOA going into the Super Bowl: Pittsburgh or Seattle?

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52 comments, Last at 14 Feb 2006, 6:00am by Alex Altman

27 Jan 2006, 09:54am by Mike Tanier

Too Deep Zone: Hines 57

Superstar receiver. Ex-quarterback. Special teams gunner. Blocker extraordinaire. Ultimate team player. Cheap-shot artist. R/C racing enthusiast. Asian-American role model. In the final Too Deep Zone of the year, Mike Tanier provides fast facts on a player some feel is so underrated that he's overrated and a man Benedictine monks call "a wonderful human being."

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89 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2006, 7:38pm by Tom

26 Jan 2006, 01:01pm by Michael David Smith

Every Play Counts: Joey Porter

Joey Porter might claim he doesn't like the kinds of teams that want football to be a thinking game. But as we discover in this week's installment of Every Play Counts, Porter is a smart player.

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50 comments, Last at 05 Feb 2006, 2:03pm by Joel Crooms-Porter

25 Jan 2006, 10:10pm by scramble

Scramble for the Ball: All the Things We Said

A look back at all the sensible and ridiculous things the FO staff, and Vivek and Al in particular, said would happen this season. Plus some fantasy football keeper questions and an update on the FO playoff fantasy competition.

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48 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2006, 1:32am by Willsy

24 Jan 2006, 11:43am by Ned Macey

Any Given Sunday: Steelers over Broncos

Another impressive win for the Steelers has them heading to Detroit as favorites. Ben Roethlisberger has been great, but it is the pass rush that is leading this team. Denver suffers another difficult playoff loss, but maybe the biggest problem could be the defensive coaching, not the quarterback.

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97 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2006, 9:21pm by Sid

23 Jan 2006, 11:23am by admin

Audibles at the Line: Conference Championships

A look into the minds of the FO staff, from our regular roundtable weekend e-mails. Special bonus: DVOA for the conference championship games.

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185 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2006, 6:56pm by Larry R.