21 Nov 2005, 04:51pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's the latest edition of Quick Reads, featuring the best and worst DPAR ratings of the week. Somebody had the most valuable game of the season yesterday, but it wasn't Peyton Manning or Carson Palmer. It was Drew Brees. The Sage Rosenfels joke originally read "After watching this game, Reform Judaism reconsidering stance on patrilineal descent" but I decided that this was even more obscure than the Bobby Engram Scientology joke from a couple weeks back.
41 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2005, 8:25pm by Gut of the quantifier
21 Nov 2005, 01:46am by Aaron Schatz
How much is Shaun Alexander's success due to having Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson on the left side of the line? Doug Farrar of SEAHAWKS.NET went to check and discovered that in 2005, Alexander is actually running better to the right side. As I pointed out to him when he showed me this article, however, my belief that the left side of the Seattle line is hugely important makes some sense given that Seattle was better running left in both 2003 and 2004.
9 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2005, 3:44pm by Liam
19 Nov 2005, 04:01pm by Aaron Schatz
Reader Stan Brown points out this interview with Bill Polian of the Colts. You have to scroll all the way down to get to the question about teams faking injuries on the field in order to slow down the no-huddle offense, but Polian has some interesting comments.
87 comments, Last at 23 Nov 2005, 1:13pm by DD Ohio
19 Nov 2005, 02:05pm by Aaron Schatz
Sorry, Simmons fans, forgot to stick this up yesterday. This is Bill's take on which teams are playoff pretenders and contenders. Tampa Bay officially now has swagger. His take is pretty close to mine, except that I would not list Jacksonville as "the good bad team." I'd list them as "the complete confusing team." And I would list Seattle as one of the favorites. Bill is right -- when the Red Sox and White Sox have won the last two World Series, maybe we shouldn't be obsessing over Seattle's playoff history.
34 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2005, 3:10pm by Tony
19 Nov 2005, 01:55pm by Aaron Schatz
This weekend's two highlighted games share two things in common. First, both games have extra implications for postseason tiebreakers. Second, all four teams have built their records on easy schedules, and feel they have something to prove.
25 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2005, 10:50pm by ChicagoScott
18 Nov 2005, 07:55pm by Aaron Schatz
In this week's mail: The most frequent questions about the Indianapolis schedule anomaly answered, discussion of the Denver secondary, another look at Eli Manning similarity scores, and a list of the worst special teams games of all time.
46 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2005, 2:06pm by Jeff
18 Nov 2005, 01:38pm by Aaron Schatz
Make my funk the P(ortis)-Funk, I want to get funked up. I want the bomb, I want the P(ortis)-Funk, I want to get funked up.
19 comments, Last at 19 Nov 2005, 9:10am by Harris
17 Nov 2005, 12:33pm by Aaron Schatz
We're all sick of the T.O. talk, but absent from the complaints about his personality is a discussion of what this case means from a legal perspective. FOXSports.com legal analyst Rob Becker believes Owens will not win his arbitration hearing on Friday, because in his contract the Eagles agree to pay him for his services, but do not guarantee that they will use said services. The wrench in the works is the issue of incentive clauses; are the Eagles breaching the contract by not allowing Owens the attempt to achieve those goals?
22 comments, Last at 18 Nov 2005, 10:46pm by Dan Riley
16 Nov 2005, 07:01pm by Aaron Schatz
Once upon a time, the 46 defense was supposed to revitalize the Baltimore Ravens, while Derrick Mason finally turned Kyle Boller into a real life NFL quarterback. It was not to be. With Brian Billick likely gone after this season, what steps should Baltimore take to begin the rebuilding process? (Free registration required)
19 comments, Last at 12 Dec 2005, 4:17pm by JOHN DEIBEL
15 Nov 2005, 08:34pm by Aaron Schatz
This week, the Colts break the system. How on earth is undefeated Indianapolis ranked seventh? And if they are ranked seventh, why are they on top? And why is this actually Houston's fault? And what does this have to do with the 1991 UNLV Runnin' Rebels? Here are our innovative DVOA ratings, and the usual commentary for the math-o-phobic is found here on FOXSports.com.
317 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2005, 10:09pm by R.J.