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27 Oct 2010, 11:46am by Vince Verhei

ESPN AGS: Browns over Saints

Normally, Any Given Sunday looks at what we can learn from an upset about a team's weaknesses going forward. But sometimes, an upset is just an upset, and this was one of those weeks. Plus: Why Colt McCoy's early accuracy is nothing special.

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2 comments, Last at 27 Oct 2010, 3:53pm by Joseph

19 Oct 2010, 12:52pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN AGS: Seahawks Over Bears

It's a tale of two lines this week in Any Given Sunday. You're probably familiar with the woeful state of the Chicago offensive line, but the experiment on Seattle's defensive line, and the big results it's producing, may surprise you.

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10 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2010, 10:48am by Eddo

18 Oct 2010, 02:30pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN: Titans Need to Run Despite Poor Jaguars Secondary

In this week's MNF feature for ESPN Insider, we find that run-oriented teams actually play better when they stick to their usual strategy against teams with poor pass defense.

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8 comments, Last at 20 Oct 2010, 11:39am by zlionsfan

12 Oct 2010, 06:23pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN AGS: Raiders over Chargers

Just how bad are the San Diego Chargers on special teams this year? Really, really, historically bad. So bad, we had to invent a stat comparable to herpes.

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7 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2010, 5:06pm by Scott C

05 Oct 2010, 05:51pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN AGS: Redskins over Eagles

This week's Any Given Sunday discusses the holes in the Philadelphia run defense as well as the problems the Redskins are having against the pass.

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9 comments, Last at 08 Oct 2010, 2:41pm by Bowl Game Anomaly

28 Sep 2010, 01:41pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN AGS: Falcons over Saints

This week's Any Given Sunday explains how the Saints have the same problems now that they had in both 2008 and 2009: When the defense isn't playing with a lead, it is just not very good.

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21 Sep 2010, 12:15pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN AGS: Bears over Cowboys

Can you name the last offensive lineman drafted by Dallas in the first round? Hint: It was in 1981.

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8 comments, Last at 04 Oct 2010, 7:48pm by stephenmcf

14 Sep 2010, 12:34pm by Vince Verhei

ESPN AGS: Texans over Colts

As the first Any Given Sunday of the season points out, it isn't Houston's victory over Indianapolis that is important. It's how the Texans won, finally showing a running game to compliment their passing game and exposing the return of Indy's run defense issues.

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20 comments, Last at 16 Sep 2010, 11:26pm by drobviousso

03 Sep 2010, 07:14pm by Vince Verhei

Study Says 'Icing' Causes NFL Kickers To Choke

Well, this is annoying. A study by the University of San Diego says that icing the kicker, the NFL's most irritating strategy, is actually pretty effective. They found that non-iced kickers converted their field goals 80.4 percent of the time, while iced kickers were successful on just 66.4 percent of kicks. The study will appear in the September issue of the journal The Sport Psychologist.

Now we're going to have to see this in every close game this season. Dammit.

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37 comments, Last at 01 Oct 2012, 1:49pm by Pennlion

03 Sep 2010, 03:13pm by Vince Verhei

Best Single-Game QB Performances, 1970-2009

Neil Paine at the Pro-Football-Reference.com blog has put together a formula estimating passing and rushing YAR for every quarterback in every game dating back to 1970, and has posted the top 100 here. Results are adjusted for era, but not opponent, although that likely wouldn't change anything at the top of the list -- the best game is so ridiculously off the charts that the No. 2 game is closer to No. 100 than it is to No. 1.

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41 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2010, 11:05am by Eddo