23 Dec 2013, 06:19pm by Aaron Schatz
Well, this changes things a bit, especially when it comes to press-written narratives. Tony Romo suffered a back injury in yesterday's win over Washington, a herniated disk in the lumbar region. He toughed it out enough to make the comeback and win the game, but the injury requires surgery and apparently is so bad he won't be able to play the rest of the season. That means Kyle Orton will start against the Eagles in the must-win Week 17 game. Good thing the Cowboys went out last year and got maybe the best backup quarterback in the game.
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23 Dec 2013, 03:13pm by Aaron Schatz
Von Miller is done for the year with a torn ACL, and other injury news from Week 16 (Click to read more.)
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20 Dec 2013, 07:32pm by Aaron Schatz
Joel Corry of CBS Sportsline looks at the best and worst cap situations in the NFL going into the 2014 offseason. It's an interesting start to the offseason discussion. The top 10 are linked above, led by Oakland -- Lord knows they jettisoned enough money last offseason so they could be in this position a year later -- Jacksonville, and Cleveland. Also in surprisingly good cap shape: Washington and Green Bay.
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20 Dec 2013, 01:22pm by Aaron Schatz
Which quarterbacks have been knocked down the most this season? (Click to read more.)
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20 Dec 2013, 11:06am by Aaron Schatz
Our old friend Bill Barnwell updates a study he did for Football Outsiders Almanac 2011, showing which teams truly have the strongest home-field advantage over the past decade. The answer: the NFC West, the Ravens (surprise!) and not the Saints (surprise again!). However, the gigantic difference between each team's home-field advantage from 2002-2010 and their home-field advantage from 1990-2001 makes you wonder how "real" these differences truly are. Why would the Broncos and Jaguars have advantages that were so much bigger in the 90s than in the 00s?
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19 Dec 2013, 12:33pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's Upset Watch looks at how the Bears can get past the Eagles, featuring some interesting third-down stats and the first cornerback charting stats of the season. Cover Watch has Arizona in Seattle.
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17 Dec 2013, 06:37pm by Aaron Schatz
Seattle moves into the DVOA stratosphere with a dominating win over the Giants. In other news, Kansas City is red hot, and Jacksonville is no longer the worst team in the NFL.
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17 Dec 2013, 11:45am by Aaron Schatz
This is such an amazingly good idea that I'm kicking myself for not thinking of it first. Aaron Gordon of Sports on Earth went through a series of games and actually tracked how often announcers used cliches, got plays wrong, or spoke utter nonsense in order to create a ranking of the best and worst announcers. The results are very close to what you would expect. I feel particularly vindicated because I often say that Brian Billick is the best color guy on the two main networks.
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16 Dec 2013, 06:18pm by Aaron Schatz
Shhh... While nobody noticed, J.J. Watt set yet another record for our defensive stats, this time for quarterback hits. (Click to read more.)
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14 Dec 2013, 12:12pm by Aaron Schatz
My wife has always wanted to get me and Kenny Chesney in the same place, and now she's got it -- talking football on this week's Peter King podcast!
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