02 Dec 2005, 03:24am by Aaron Schatz
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.
78 comments, Last at 03 Apr 2006, 9:33pm by Dan Babbitt
29 Nov 2005, 05:54pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
253 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2005, 1:23am by Dr. Evil
29 Nov 2005, 02:57pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
50 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 12:07pm by Dave
29 Nov 2005, 12:17pm by Aaron Schatz
It's not as much of a problem as it could have been, since Seattle won the game anyway, but yikes. The refs rarely admit to screwing up one call in a game, let alone two touchdown calls.
47 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2005, 5:42am by Calbuzz
28 Nov 2005, 08:27pm by Aaron Schatz
The best and worst players of the week in DPAR. This week's lesson: the importance of opponent strength. Seven quarterbacks threw for 290 yards or more, but four of those games came against pass defenses in the bottom five. Plus, is Kurt Warner proving everyone wrong?
32 comments, Last at 30 Nov 2005, 7:21pm by Jerry
28 Nov 2005, 06:06pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
12 comments, Last at 29 Nov 2005, 2:43pm by Rob
27 Nov 2005, 02:39am by Aaron Schatz
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.
17 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 12:14pm by Nuk
27 Nov 2005, 02:34am by Aaron Schatz
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)
5 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2005, 10:34am by Koy Detmer
25 Nov 2005, 06:40pm by Aaron Schatz
"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."
7 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2005, 10:44am by Sophandros
25 Nov 2005, 02:30pm by Aaron Schatz
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.
12 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2005, 5:00pm by zlionsfan