23 Aug 2004
In New England, Kevin Mannix writes that the Patriots were outcoached by the Bengals this weekend in a 31-3 loss. As Bruce Allen points out at Boston Sports Media Watch, I'm not sure how you get outcoached in a preseason game in which you have no game plan because you don't want to reveal anything you will use against the same team later in a game that actually counts. Panic is also the special of the day in Indianapolis, where the Colts were spanked by the Jets 31-7 (and their backup quarterback scraped up his arms, scary) and in Seattle, where the season is now over after a 19-3 loss to Denver in a game that, by the way, doesn't count either.
Short-yardage passing had a good year, except at the end of the Super Bowl. We look at the return of quarterback runs, the rise in pass-happy strategy, and 2014 success rates for offense and defense.