30 Nov 2006, 12:37pm by Aaron Schatz
New England fans know that Bill Belichick will go out of his way to praise every upcoming opponent as if it was the best team in football. This week, it reached the ultimate point of absurdity with his comments about the Detroit Lions. "Third-and-18, it doesn't bother them ... Jon Kitna's completed 15, 20 passes in a row ... they have a very good offensive line." Put the crack pipe down, Bill. Honestly, how can you make the Lions look like a difficult opponent?
36 comments, Last at 04 Dec 2006, 10:36pm by Jason Mulgrew aka The Mul Dawg aka J-Rocka
28 Nov 2006, 07:45pm by Aaron Schatz
Chicago is still number one overall for the year, but our weighted numbers show Baltimore as number one by the slimmest of margins. The latest DVOA ratings are here, commentary now posted at FOXSports.com. Plus, can you guess where the Colts rank in Pythagorean wins?
189 comments, Last at 02 Dec 2006, 1:59pm by jebmak
27 Nov 2006, 11:01pm by Aaron Schatz
Corey Dillon, Priest Holmes, Marshall Faulk, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Edgerrin James. If you know what Joseph Addai has in common with these five running backs, you know the main story in this week's Quick Reads.
93 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2006, 7:06pm by hector
27 Nov 2006, 07:45pm by Aaron Schatz
You knew this was going to happen, didn't you? Mike Vanderjagt will be replaced with -- oh, yes it is true -- Martin Gramatica. This is why you don't spend a lot of money on kickers, folks.
83 comments, Last at 03 Dec 2006, 1:53am by Playit
25 Nov 2006, 11:49am by Aaron Schatz
Twenty-one years ago in New Orleans, the Bears embarassed the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Nine weeks ago in New Orleans, the Saints embarassed the Falcons as they made their emotional return to the Superdome. The second game may be more recent than the first, but neither one really tells us anything about what to expect when these four teams play each other on Sunday.
34 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2006, 3:50am by Bearcat
25 Nov 2006, 11:47am by Aaron Schatz
This is interesting for two reasons. First, this is the first NFL game all season to be blacked out in the home market due to lack of ticket sales. Second, both of the guys who were supposed to chart this game for us live in Buffalo and can't actually see the game. If anyone out there either lives in Jacksonville or has Sunday Ticket and isn't busy watching another game at the time, can you please email charting-at-footballoutsiders.com? Shawn Krest, who charts games for us and for a Buffalo sports blog as well, is willing to reimburse for the copy of the tape or DVD.
41 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2006, 1:58pm by Abarine
24 Nov 2006, 05:35pm by Aaron Schatz
Here's a catch-all thread for discussion of this week's posts on the Football Outsiders FOX blog. Covered this week: similarity scores for Charlie Frye and Alex Smith, Good Rex Grossman vs. Evil Rex Grossman, establishing the run still isn't important, and why Mike Tanier loves Thanksgiving high school football.
6 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2006, 9:50pm by RecoveringPackerFan
24 Nov 2006, 04:10pm by Aaron Schatz
What can San Francisco fans expect from the rest of Alex Smith's career? Aaron Schatz uses similarity scores to try to find out. (Click link to read more.)
24 Nov 2006, 03:10pm by Aaron Schatz
Can we do an Extra Point on something that isn't linkable? Len Pasquarelli has put together a great all-star team of lesser-known players over at ESPN.com. The rules are simple: players must be in their third year or later, they cannot be first-round picks, and you cannot include anyone who has been to the Pro Bowl as a positional player. This is the sort of thing that should spur awesome FO reader debate -- except it's a flash doo-hickey and I have no idea how to link it. So, sorry ESPN, we're going to discuss your team without actually sending you traffic.
35 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2013, 2:25am by Philadelphia siding company
24 Nov 2006, 10:04am by Aaron Schatz
When does establishing the run matter? Apparently never. (Click link to read more.)