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11 Oct 2006, 07:19pm by Aaron Schatz

The Passing Premium

Here's an article by our friend Ben Alamar, from the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. (For those who don't know, Ben is also the statistician quoted at length by Michael Lewis in the new book Blind Side.) For 45 years now, completion percentage and yards per attempt have gone up while interception rates have gone down. Yet NFL offenses are split between the run and the pass according to basically the same ratios as 20 years ago and even 40 yards ago. What gives?

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56 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2006, 1:27pm by ABW

11 Oct 2006, 11:55am by Aaron Schatz

My Left Foot

Fun little story about new Boston College kicker Steve Aponavicius, who will play in his first game this weekend against Virginia Tech. Not his first game of the year -- his first football game, ever.

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9 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2006, 10:20am by PatsFan

11 Oct 2006, 11:43am by P. Ryan Wilson

Belichickian Philosophy and Third Downs

Here's an interesting read from Patriots.com on how Bill Belichick goes through the process of breaking down third down tendencies in preparation for the next opponent. Thanks to reader Mike King for the link.

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47 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2006, 6:43pm by Jake

10 Oct 2006, 03:27pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ: The Rise and Fall of Brett Favre

Gregg Easterbrook has some thoughts on the decline of Brett Favre.

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65 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2006, 4:34pm by LnGrrrR

10 Oct 2006, 11:24am by P. Ryan Wilson

Harrington Named Starter, Culpepper Out Indefinitely

I think the headline says it all. According to the article, "The Dolphins have benched Culpepper indefinitely until he regains what coach Nick Saban called his 'explosion.'" Given how the first four weeks of the season unfolded, that could be a while. (bugmenot/free registration may be required)

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93 comments, Last at 13 Sep 2008, 5:40pm by billsfan

09 Oct 2006, 05:34pm by Aaron Schatz

Jags' Mike Peterson Out for Year

Really bad news for the Jaguars: Pro Bowl-caliber middle linebacker Mike Peterson will miss the rest of the year after tearing his pectoral muscle in yesterday's 41-0 blowout win. (The injury came early in the game, so there's no "they should have rested the starters" issue here.) The other major injury news today comes from Arizona, where Larry Fitzgerald will miss 2-5 weeks with a hamstring pull or slight tear. So much for that PFP-predicted receiving title.

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18 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2006, 2:01pm by Todd S.

09 Oct 2006, 03:44pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Colts GM Polian Accosts Jets Official

If the NFL ever sanctions a GM Ultimate Fighting Championship, I guess Bill Polian would have to be the favorite.

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48 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2006, 11:28pm by empty13

09 Oct 2006, 02:52pm by Bill Barnwell

McNabb, T.O. Love to Text

DJ Gallo's latest documents the secret text message exchanges between Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens (why didn't I hear about this on PFT?), and follows with a shockingly-allowed-onto-Page-2 Peter King reference.

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18 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2006, 1:28pm by Mshray

09 Oct 2006, 11:32am by P. Ryan Wilson

MMQB: Trouble's Brewing

Peter King writes that Mount T.O. is about to erupt. Again. Okay, who had Week 6 in the pool?

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70 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2006, 2:28am by Stevie

09 Oct 2006, 11:24am by Aaron Schatz

James Angered by Lack of Running Plays

Regrets? I've had a few. But then again, too few to mention. (No, wait, scratch that -- I have a ton of regrets. It's YARDS that I have too few of.)

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21 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2006, 2:02pm by zlionsfan