13 Sep 2014, 01:53pm by Tom Gower
My latest column for NBC Sports, taking a look at the Bears and 49ers run defenses and how you can run up the middle on both of them. Stat from this piece I wouldn't have guessed: the 49ers were 31st in Stuff Rate on runs marked Mid/Guard last year, ahead of only the Jaguars.
05 Sep 2014, 12:17am by Tom Gower
I'll be writing a weekly column for NBC Sports this year taking a statistical look at the Sunday Night Football matchup. After the Colts got to him four times in last year's game, the first one is on Peyton Manning's ability to avoid sacks.
1 comment, Last at 05 Sep 2014, 10:24am by Bernie
02 Sep 2014, 01:51am by Tom Gower
As first reported by John McClain, the Houston Texans and J.J. Watt have agreed to a long-term contract extension. Chris Mortensen indicates it's it's a six-year deal worth $100 million, with $51.8 million in guaranteed money.
24 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2014, 10:19pm by v3456d
04 Aug 2014, 12:26pm by Tom Gower
Part I of II today at ESPN Insider. Based on FO simulations, which team is most likely to go from fourth place to first place this season? The surprising answer is Buffalo, followed by Houston and Tampa Bay. In last place among the last place teams: Oakland.
30 comments, Last at 08 Sep 2014, 10:20pm by v3456d
29 Jul 2014, 11:46pm by Tom Gower
As broken on Twitter by Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, the Arizona Cardinals and cornerback Patrick Peterson have agreed to terms on a contract extension. Peterson indicates the deal is for $70 million over 5 years with $48 million guaranteed, meaning one of the NFL's best cornerbacks will be plying his trade in Arizona for years to come.
3 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2014, 7:15pm by theslothook
27 Jul 2014, 10:34pm by Tom Gower
Per Jay Glazer. Reported terms are for five years, $36.5 million. Rudolph, a second-round pick from Notre Dame, was heading into the final year of his rookie deal. Good chunk of change for a player who has never posted a positive DVOA and ranked 44th with -13.9% DVOA last year in the eight games he played last year. Of course, the Vikings QB situation had a lot to do with those numbers. That should be better this year, and we saw last year with Jordan Cameron what Norv Turner can do with tight ends.
4 comments, Last at 30 Jul 2014, 12:39am by Tom Gower
14 Jun 2014, 01:50pm by Tom Gower
The legendary Steelers head coach passed away Friday at 82. Noll, who turned around a Pittsburgh franchise that had been pathetic for virtually its entire history until his hiring in 1969, is the only head coach to win four Super Bowls. He had a career record of 193-148-1 in the regular season. RIP, and condolences to his family and friends.
4 comments, Last at 19 Jun 2014, 1:15am by Pen
12 Jun 2014, 11:59am by Tom Gower
The Chargers had a bigger need than they could fill, the Broncos continue to ignore middle linebacker, the Raiders need a solidified offensive line, and the Chiefs need someone who can catch a football.
8 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2014, 2:08pm by Vince Verhei
07 Apr 2014, 07:01pm by Tom Gower
Ray Rice, Jamaal Charles, or Chris Johnson? Welcome to the last NFL draft where running back was a position of emphasis.
94 comments, Last at 15 Apr 2014, 10:57pm by ihavechappedlips
04 Apr 2014, 02:47pm by Tom Gower
The Titans made the inevitable official today, informing running back Chris Johnson he will be released. In a statement released by general manager Ruston Webster, they noted they tried to trade him but failed, unsurprisingly considering his scheduled $8 million salary. (Click to read more commentary.)
13 comments, Last at 10 Apr 2014, 12:36am by The Ninjalectual