29 Aug 2005
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com isn't so concerned with wins and losses in the preseason, but he does think statistics like interceptions and sacks are more indicative of regular season success. He finds it a little troubling that the Colts have surrendered 20 sacks in four games and that Byron Leftwich has been taken down six times in three games. Kirwan also notes that Kyle Boller and Patrick Ramsey have both thrown four interceptions each while "Ben Roethlisberger hasn't picked up from where he left off as the starting quarterback of a 15-1 team in 2004, but he has no interceptions this summer. In fact, he and Tommy Maddox have no picks in a combined 48 attempts."
(In my best Bill Lumbergh voice) Ahhh â€¦ yeah â€¦ I'm gonna have to go ahead and sort of disagree with you. The thing is Roethlisberger actually has two picks through three games. Not quite zero, but close enough for government work, I suppose.
40 comments, Last at 02 Sep 2005, 10:55am by Pat
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?