Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

28 Nov 2005, 06:06pm by Aaron Schatz

Morning After: Vikings' Defense Keys Turnaround

Len Pasquarelli is a much better reporter than he is an analyst, but he's got some good analysis today. Minnesota's four-game win streak is much less about Brad Johnson and much more about the defense finally getting its act together. (DVOA agrees, and the Vikings defense is now 15th in weighted DVOA.) As Pasquarelli points out, coordinator Ted Cottrell did the same thing with the Jets three years ago -- his defense, packed with new players, struggled early but improved at mid-season as the Jets went on a second-half run.

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12 comments, Last at 29 Nov 2005, 2:43pm by Rob

27 Nov 2005, 02:39am by Aaron Schatz

Hang Time

The NFL's record for consecutive games played is going to be broken today and you probably had no idea. I had no idea until I read this. Giants punter Jeff Feagles will play his 283rd consecutive game against Seattle, passing Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall for the all-time record. Yes, he's a punter, so people will think of his record with an asterisk, but those guys do occasionally get hurt. Just ask Dirk Johnson.

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17 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 12:14pm by Nuk

27 Nov 2005, 02:34am by Aaron Schatz

The Hasselbecks: Those Other Brothers in Arms

One of about two billion "the Hasselbecks are playing each other" articles written this weekend, but this one contains the best tidbit: Apparently, Nathanael Hasselbeck's co-workers call him "Cooper." (Free registration required)

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5 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 10:34am by Koy Detmer

25 Nov 2005, 06:40pm by Aaron Schatz

NFL to Move All 32 Teams to Los Angeles

"Los Angeles is a perfect football city," said Gene Washington, the NFL's director of football operations. "I'm sure the die-hard followers of the Glendale Steelers and the Orange County Packers won't abandon their teams over a little thing like geography."

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7 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2005, 10:44am by Sophandros

25 Nov 2005, 02:30pm by Aaron Schatz

Pro Football Snob's Dictionary, Vol. 2

This is probably the first time we've ever linked to anything in Vanity Fair, but the definitions given here are not just accurate but amusing. Explains everything from the passing tree to the tuck rule to Len Pasquarelli. But where's the definition for Football Outsiders? I guess we'll show up in Volume 3. Thanks to reader Deep Blue for the link.

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12 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2005, 5:00pm by zlionsfan

24 Nov 2005, 02:33am by Aaron Schatz

Game Previews: ATL-DET, DEN-DAL

Atlanta tries to right its season against the struggling Lions, while two of this season's best teams meet up in Big D. Here are the Thanksgiving game previews which appeared in the New York Sun.

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29 comments, Last at 26 Nov 2005, 7:10pm by Born a Bronco Fan/Die a Bronco Fan

23 Nov 2005, 01:27pm by Aaron Schatz

Arbitrator DOES NOT Reduce T.O.'s Suspension

Hey, remember earlier today when this Extra Point said that T.O.'s suspension was going to be shortened according to a reporter from New York Newsday? Never mind. "Sources have told FOXSports.com that the Eagles have won on all counts of Terrell Owens' grievance hearing against the team. In a 38-page decision, arbitrator Richard Bloch upheld Owens' four-game suspension. In addition, Bloch also ruled that the Eagles do not have to play the All-Pro receiver after the suspension." (Updated: 1:45 pm)

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70 comments, Last at 26 Nov 2005, 2:00pm by Starshatterer

23 Nov 2005, 12:55am by Aaron Schatz

Playing with the Percentages When Trailing by Two Touchdowns

"It is relatively common for football teams to find themselves down by two touchdowns late in the game. If they score a first touchdown then coaching folklore says that the team should go for the extra point at that time. In this paper I will show that this strategy, which appears to be universally used in both the NFL and the NCAA, is incorrect, and that going for the two-point conversion after the first touchdown is nearly always significantly better."

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31 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2005, 11:18pm by Felton

22 Nov 2005, 07:38pm by Aaron Schatz

Week 12 DVOA Ratings

Colts, Schmolts. With eight different teams showing extreme schedule strength adjustments, it's time to take DVOA into the shop for a tune-up. The result is more accurate, both in past years and in 2005. It also moves Indianapolis up to ... second in the FOXSports.com power rankings. Denver readers of FO, your time is now. This week, enjoy commentary for the math-lovin' right here as well as the usual the commentary for the math-o-phobic on FOXSports.com.

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117 comments, Last at 02 Dec 2005, 7:43pm by RBELL

22 Nov 2005, 03:03pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: If a Federal Bureaucracy Ran Sports

Often a play where TMQ complains that the offensive lineman are standing around doing nothing is really just a blown line call. That being said, if Carolina had five guys standing around doing nothing, that's one hell of a blown line call, isn't it? Plus, TMQ one-ups my Mike Vrabel comment by noting that Vrabel is pictured catching a touchdown pass on the cover of the 2005 NFL Record and Fact Book.

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40 comments, Last at 24 Nov 2005, 6:23am by Elton