Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

10 Dec 2005, 01:02pm by Aaron Schatz

Heath Shuler Wants to Return to Washington

Comments are disabled on this, because I don't want to get into a political discussion, but I thought this was interesting. Did people know that Heath Shuler is running for Congress in North Carolina? Not only is he running, but he's leading the incumbent in fundraising. It's also interesting that he's running as a Democrat -- most ex-athletes in politics are Republicans.

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10 Dec 2005, 12:07am by Aaron Schatz

Game Previews: CHI-PIT, KC-DAL

Chicago and Pittsburgh are twins, built around running and defense, but they are going in opposite directions. Dallas and Kansas City are mirror images, as our sixth-ranked offense takes on our sixth-ranked defense and our 14th-ranked offense takes on our 14th-ranked defense. Three teams on the playoff bubble and the season's biggest surprise in this week's game previews from the New York Sun.

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24 comments, Last at 18 Dec 2005, 10:57am by Shock

09 Dec 2005, 05:31pm by Aaron Schatz

Welcome to Perpetual Putridity

The latest from Bill Simmons addresses this year's bad teams. Lots and lots of bad teams. By Bill's count, 13 of them that just plain suck. I both agree with him and disagree with him. I agree that it does seem like there are a ton of bad teams, although Buffalo and St. Louis can be frisky at home and Oakland is a lot better than people realize.

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71 comments, Last at 12 Dec 2005, 7:32pm by Richie

09 Dec 2005, 03:51pm by Aaron Schatz

Lil' Ronnie's "Super Bowl Bound"

Oh, Colts fans. Poor, poor Colts fans. I'm not sure if a perfect season is worth the ridicule you're going to be receiving from the rest of us. Lil' Ronnie is a 12-year-old white kid from "the SouthSide of NAP," and here's his video for "Super Bowl Bound (2005 Colts Theme)." I'm not sure if the best part is when he drives up in a low rider, or when he calls Reggie Wayne his "homie."
(Hat tip to Deadspin. Oh, thank you, thank you Deadspin.)

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70 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2006, 1:02pm by B

09 Dec 2005, 11:19am by Aaron Schatz

Who is Bro Sweets?

OK, people, you have to check this out. Washington apparently archives all team press conferences on its website. You know what that means, don't you? All of Clinton Portis' Thursday dress-up days! This week, he was "Bro Sweets," a four-armed guy giving out candy and bling to all the children and reporters in the Washington area. Make sure you hear him tell the story about how he lost his eye fighting a snake the last time he played in Arizona.

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15 comments, Last at 04 Jan 2006, 7:57am by Jeff J.

07 Dec 2005, 07:10pm by Aaron Schatz

Running Debate

With Oakland and the Jets set to square off, it's time to debate Curtis Martin and LaMont Jordan again. "Martin was coming off a career year - he won the NFL rushing title - and there was no way to predict his production would decline this dramatically," says Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News.

Martin current stats, projected to 16 games:
980 rushing yards, 157 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns
Martin projection from PFP 2005:
1067 rushing yards, 174 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns

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32 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2005, 9:18pm by Travis

06 Dec 2005, 11:56pm by Aaron Schatz

Brian Westbrook Out for Season

It's official. The last remaining thing that could possibly go wrong for the Philadelphia Eagles has gone wrong.

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48 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2005, 2:41am by Pat

06 Dec 2005, 06:56pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 14 DVOA Ratings

This week, the top five in the FOXSports.com Power Rankings stay the same, with Seattle shooting up to number six. Extended commentary for the math-o-phobic on FOXSports.com includes a quiz that should shed some light on this year's wacky strength of schedule situation and a long discussion of the Green Bay Packers, unluckiest team of all time. Full DVOA numbers and discussion lies herein.

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257 comments, Last at 12 Dec 2005, 9:46pm by Bencoder

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