Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Dec 2005, 05:40pm by Aaron Schatz

2005 Quick Reads: Week 13

Time for me to anger the Chicago fans. Inspired by reader Sean McCormick, take a visit to the wonderful world of the worst quarterbacks of the DPAR era. Kyle Orton, by the way, is not the least valuable quarterback of 2005. Plus all the quarterback DPAR ratings -- Charlie Frye second! -- along with the best and worst running backs and receivers for Week 13

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86 comments, Last at 14 Dec 2005, 12:02am by Sid

04 Dec 2005, 02:57pm by Aaron Schatz

Defensive Bears are Much Like '99 Bucs

Why all the comparisons to the 2000 Ravens and 1985 Bears? As Bob Cook points out, Lovie Smith was the linebackers coach for a team that had a great defense -- so great that it held the Greatest Show on Turf to 11 points in the NFC Championship -- and a horrific offense led by a bad rookie quarterback -- so bad that it could only score six points in the same game.

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22 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2005, 6:06pm by B

04 Dec 2005, 01:25am by Aaron Schatz

When Parcells Became Ordinary

David Leonhardt of the New York Times asks: What if it was Bill Belichick all along? In his six seasons without Belichick, in New England and Dallas, Bill Parcells is 44-47 with no playoff victories. (Free registration or bugmenot required.)

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27 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2005, 3:03pm by Another Craig B

04 Dec 2005, 12:58am by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag

Is Drew Bledsoe a Hall of Famer? Is LT an ED-like exception to the laws of running back fatigue? Why are the Rams always rated so low? We explore those questions, revisit the history of FO anti-Seattle bias, and figure out how to keep up with the Joneses -- all in this week's FO Mailbag.

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63 comments, Last at 27 Apr 2007, 12:02am by Ken Roberts

03 Dec 2005, 12:43am by Aaron Schatz

Game Previews: CIN-PIT, DEN-KC

With seven AFC teams at 7-4 or better, a division title is the only way to guarantee a playoff spot, so rivalry rematches mean added pressure on head coaches to avoid the mistakes they made the first time around. The Bengals seek to copy the Colts and stop the Pittsburgh running game; The Chiefs must solve a Denver offense that gained more than twice as many rushing yards as any other Kansas City opponent this year.

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22 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2005, 5:37pm by Dan

03 Dec 2005, 12:30am by Aaron Schatz

SI to Name Tom Brady Sportsman of the Year

Scroll down. Way down. Brady is the first NFL-associated Sportsman of the Year since Don Shula in 1993 and the first NFL player since Joe Montana in 1990. For you fans of "East Coast Bias," this is the second straight Boston-related choice. For you fans of the Buffalo Bills, enjoy your cover jinx-related upset in Week 14.

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44 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2005, 10:00pm by stan

02 Dec 2005, 06:02pm by Aaron Schatz

Mailing in NFL's Week 13

Excellent Simmons this week, lots of good jokes, good observations, and very little Boston-centeric bias that will piss off those of you who root for the other 31 teams. He's dead on about those stupid "fantasy stats" scrolls that tell you which lame receiver has one catch for six yards. Whoopee. Bill's Bears bandwagon takes other step this week, as he suggests that they could even make it to the Super Bowl. It sounds ridiculous, but I was actually thinking about something this morning.

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19 comments, Last at 04 Dec 2005, 4:32am by TomC

02 Dec 2005, 03:24am by Aaron Schatz

FO on FOX: Guts and Stomps

What defines a champion? Are the greatest teams the ones which stomp on the league's bad teams, or the ones that gut out close, clutch victories against their best opponents? Is your record against winning teams really more important than your record against losing teams? Actually, no.

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78 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2006, 9:33pm by Dan Babbitt

29 Nov 2005, 05:54pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 13 DVOA Ratings

After two weeks in schedule adjustment purgatory, the Indianapolis Colts return to the top of this week's DVOA ratings, both in the season-long numbers and in the weighted numbers used for the FOXSports.com power rankings. Commentary for the math-o-phobic can be found on FOXSports.com, with numbers and discussion here.

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253 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2005, 1:23am by Dr. Evil

29 Nov 2005, 02:57pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Free the Third Quarterback

TMQ this week criticizes the third quarterback rule and the cowardly Lions, and celebrates Harvard football players, even up in Edmonton. Hey, they may have more pros, but Brown has the title.

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50 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 12:07pm by Dave