06 Aug 2004
OK, this one is guaranteed to spur some debate. SI.com's Dr. Z looks at likely Hall of Fame choices every year from 2005 to 2009, and then goes through every current team and looks at possible Hall of Famers. Some of his "sleeper" picks are just plain nutty. If Dr. Z really thinks that Travis Henry projects to a Hall of Fame career we may need an intervention. The NFC team-by-team is on a different page (linked at the bottom of the first page). Note that in the Packers section Dr. Z says: "My No. 1 guy is LG Mike Wahle, but he's never been picked for anything (except by me)" meaning that Dr. Z has not yet seen Football Outsiders. Well, I think a Dr. Z homage/parody contest should solve that problem...
The Giants and Ravens set a record in Super Bowl XXXV with 21 total punts. That record may well be in jeopardy. But in this battle of top defenses, Carolina's superior and more flexible offense gives the Panthers the edge.