03 Oct 2014, 03:09pm by Tom Gower
The Bengals and Patriots rank fourth- and sixth-worst in the league in third down conversion percentage, so this week's NBC Sports column covers that and how third down conversion percentage varies by yards to go.
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29 Sep 2014, 11:33pm by Tom Gower
Per Jay Glazer, so I'm trusting this report after Sunday night's AP report that was quickly retracted. As Mike Sando's survey revealed, nobody actually has any idea how good a coach Allen has been given the situation in Oakland. Offensive line coach Tony Sparano will likely be the interim head coach, allowing both coordinators to keep their jobs. The question now becomes, will GM Reggie McKenzie be next on the chopping block?
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19 Sep 2014, 05:04pm by Tom Gower
For this week's Sunday Night Football column, I break down a couple screens by the Panthers, one of the best RB screen teams in the league, and the Steelers, who ran more WR screens than anybody else in the league in 2013.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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