15 Feb 2005
Our man Gregg Easterbrook finishes up the season with his annual bad predictions review. This might seem a bit unfair, since in the topsy-turvy world of the NFL everyone is going to make a few bad predictions. Heck, I predicted that Tennessee and Tampa Bay would go to the playoffs. On the other hand, you have to give Gregg credit for naming himself as the first runner-up for the Bad Predictions Award. And the winner is... Michael Felger of the Boston Herald, who predicted that the Texans would make the playoffs and the Eagles would disappoint. Gregg also looks at celebrity Super Bowl predictions. This year, for only the second time in 16 years of Scripps-Howard celebrity predictions, someone predicted the exact score of the Super Bowl: Dennis "Wildcat" Farina.
Small correction, by the way: I provided TMQ with a stat on the team with the most false start penalties, but it got misprinted. New Orleans was second in false starts with 33, not first. Minnesota was first with 34. Would you be surprised to learn New England was last with 13?
Are the best defenses against play action the best against regular passes too? How much impact does play action really have in an NFL game, and does it correlate from year to year?