07 Jan 2005, 01:09pm by Russell Levine
In this special edition of Confessions of a Football Junkie reprinted from Thursday's New York Sun, Russell examines the budding dyansty at USC in the wake of the Trojans' destruction of Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, and also looks into the question "Did the BCS have the right matchup?"
07 Jan 2005, 04:31am by Guest
Some people say that you have to run the ball to win in the NFL. Others say that you score with the pass. Jason McKinley believes the answer is one or the other, and sometimes both. It all depends on which team you examine. This guest column introduces a new metric that measures how often a team scores when it runs compared to when it throws the ball, and gives a closer analysis of this season's 12 playoff contenders.
06 Jan 2005, 11:10pm by Al Bogdan
Here are the results of the Football Outsiders Loser League Contest for the second half of the season. Find out which FO reader is the best at spotting failure in a league full of greatness and learn who were the first and second team All-Losers for the second half of 2004. Plus, we unveil the All-Loser team for the full 2004 season and name a Loser League MVP.
05 Jan 2005, 02:21am by admin
For the second straight year, the Outsiders staff gets together to talk about the playoffs and put on our own playoff fantasy draft. How early should you take a tight end? Can the Colts actually win twice on the road to make the Super Bowl? Why is Seattle-St. Louis the only first round game that most of us think could go either way? Plus, special guest Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus takes part in the draft and gives his insight on the major playoff-impacting injuries from T.O. to Big Ben.
05 Jan 2005, 01:40am by Michael David Smith
He saw every team play this season, and closely watched the subtle aspects of football that other writers ignore. Now Michael David Smith announces the first annual Every Play Counts All-Pro team. You can guess the quarterback. But who's been this year's top defensive tackle? What about inside linebackers? And does anyone from that rookie receiver crop deserve to be considered All-Pro?
04 Jan 2005, 02:13am by Aaron Schatz
New England ranks as the top team of 2004 according to the final Football Outsiders DVOA ratings, by the slimmest of margins over both Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. What about the Philadelphia Eagles, who led these ratings for much of the season but have set an NFL record for most apathetic performance over two straight losses? In his weekly commentary, Aaron explores the idea that the Eagles began to fall apart before they sat their starters in Week 16.
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03 Jan 2005, 06:11pm by Russell Levine
Coming off a 72-hour football bender and halfway through the BCS, Russell checks in with a slew of bowl observations. Should Dolphins fans be worried about Nick Saban? Why is Bobby Petrino still the Louisville coach? Will Russell actually give Michigan coach Lloyd Carr the Mike Martz Award? Plus, a stunning admission from the author -- he's OK with the BCS.
1 comment, Last at 05 Dec 2006, 3:38pm by Cat In The Hat
The first season of our college column Seventh Day Adventure draws to a close, as Vinny and Russell weigh in with their opinions on the bowl games that actually matter. They also discuss the Music City Bowl. Use this thread to discuss the big BCS games all weekend.
30 Dec 2004, 12:17pm by scramble
With a schedule full of meaningless games on tap this week, Al and Vivek do what they do best -- talk about how awful the Jets and Giants are. Plus, the Scramble Mailbag, a Loser League Update, the final results of the Scramble Survivor League, Best Bets, and the Keep Choppin' Wood Award. This is also the place for fantasy football discussion and questions if your league is crazy enough to count Week 17.
30 Dec 2004, 12:10am by Aaron Schatz
It's time for another edition of our mailbag, where Aaron answers your questions related to VOA and other statistics from Football Outsiders. What does "variance" represent, and why does it think New Orleans and Jacksonville are the most consistent teams in the NFL? Is "first downs per touch" a valuable stat? Was Philadelphia's offense really that bad last season without Terrell Owens? Which quarterback is set to be the Drew Brees of 2005? Plus, the results from recent seasons when playoff teams rested their starters in the final game might surprise you.
1 comment, Last at 29 Dec 2005, 2:35pm by Miles