Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

31 Oct 2005, 12:23pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Winning Feeling Returns

Usually when we talk about the Texans around here, it's in a negative light. Well, Houston won its first game of the season yesterday against Cleveland, and I'm noting it here because who knows when it'll happen again. The Browns were actually two-point underdogs going into the game, which prompted FB Terrelle Smith to comment, "I take offense to that." And after the thrilling 19-16 victory, QB David Carr said, "This is one of the ugliest games I've ever played in."

Houston Texans Football: good times.

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14 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2005, 11:07pm by Mr Shush

30 Oct 2005, 11:06pm by Michael David Smith

Culpepper Might be Done for Season

At this point the 2005 Minnesota Vikings season can't possibly get worse, can it?

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46 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2005, 10:27pm by someone

28 Oct 2005, 05:21pm by Michael David Smith

White, Aikman Among Hall Nominees

Reggie White and Troy Aikman are among the preliminary nominees for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. From this list, Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalists. That list will be trimmed to 13 candidates, who will join veterans committee nominees John Madden and Rayfield Wright as finalists. On the day before the Super Bowl, the voters will select between four and six enshrinees from that group of 15.

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34 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2005, 3:48pm by Michael David Smith

28 Oct 2005, 04:11pm by Aaron Schatz

Manning-a-Manning

Many requests for a weekly link to Bill Simmons' NFL picks, so who are we to deny our readership (it helps that Bill likes us again). The main thrust of this week's article suggests that we may have an all-Manning Super Bowl this year, and that Eli Manning has that intangible "winner" quality that his brother lacks. I believe Mike Tanier would refer to this as "swagger." Anyway, the most surprising part of Bill's essay, given his past essays, is the fact that he is even considering the possibility of the Colts going to the Super Bowl.

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45 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2005, 6:55pm by zlionsfan

28 Oct 2005, 01:11pm by Aaron Schatz

Vikings: 3-4 Lineup Looks Like Long-Term Solution

I dunno, to me this sounds like a parent who hires an expensive tutor for her son and then is thrilled when he gets a "D" instead of an "F."

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5 comments, Last at 30 Oct 2005, 1:04am by Bruce Dickinson

27 Oct 2005, 08:48pm by Michael David Smith

No More Pat-Downs in Tampa

A high school civics teacher represented by the American Civil Liberties Union has successfully sued to force the Tampa Bay Bucs to stop giving pat-downs to fans as they enter the stadium. The NFL said in a statement it was "disappointed" by the decision, but hadn't had a chance to review the court's opinion.

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50 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2005, 1:49am by Dennis

27 Oct 2005, 05:20pm by Aaron Schatz

To Blitz or Not to Blitz

Over at PROTRADE's Insight section, Gabriel Desjardins takes a look at the question that we've been wanting to answer here for some time: does blitzing work? (PROTRADE has Stats Inc. data I don't have, in case you are wondering why we've never answered this question.) The answers seem pretty obvious: blitzing on first down leads to more sacks and interceptions and fewer rushing yards, but more first downs and more passing yards, in particular yards after catch.

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16 comments, Last at 30 Oct 2005, 1:31pm by Ryan Mc

27 Oct 2005, 03:47pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Top 10 Franchise Quarterbacks

A few things. First, what happened to all that talk about Ben Roethlisberger and his sophomore slump? Second, number nine on this list is not a franchise quarterback. Third, number seven is just silly. Finally, the decision on Brady vs. Manning is a copout. Not like we mind that sort of thing around here.

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75 comments, Last at 29 Oct 2005, 12:21am by Purds

26 Oct 2005, 10:31pm by Aaron Schatz

Hangin' with DeAngelo Hall

I got this e-mail from Benjy: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Any similarity to the work of Michael David Smith is purely intentional.

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8 comments, Last at 27 Oct 2005, 7:52pm by Jerry

26 Oct 2005, 06:32pm by Michael David Smith

Dr. Z's Power Rankings: Three Pages?!?

I could mention whether I agree with Paul Zimmerman that the Chargers deserve a major drop after losing a heartbreaker to the Eagles. Instead, I'll leave that for everyone to discuss in the comments and merely say that I'm getting a little sick of SI.com. Yes, I like Zimmerman and Peter King, but come on already. It was bad enough when you spread Dr. Z's power rankings across two pages, but three? Give me a break. Why not just make every team its own page? Even the printer-friendly version is three pages.

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55 comments, Last at 28 Oct 2005, 7:17pm by thad