Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

12 Sep 2006, 03:28pm by P. Ryan Wilson

TMQ: Follow the Monday Money

Here's Gregg Easterbrook's latest. Given the previous XP, it seems only fitting to note Stats of the Week No. 1. I'm also glad Easterbrook noticed something I thought was pretty ridiculous at the time: "In the first Monday Night Football game, early on Troy Williamson of Minnesota beat Carlos Rogers of Washington, then dropped what would have been a long touchdown pass. Rogers jumped up and danced and strutted, pointing to himself -- as if he'd just done something magnificent, rather than been beaten and the beneficiary of good fortune."

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113 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2006, 5:09pm by Mr Shush

12 Sep 2006, 11:46am by P. Ryan Wilson

Porter Seen Pumping Fist, Laughing as Brooks Is Sacked

Apparently, Randy Moss knows what he's talking about. In addition to not being very good, the Oakland Raiders also have to contend with disgruntled wide recevier Jerry Porter who, according to the report: " ... was seen laughing and pumping his fist on the sidelines when Raiders teammate Aaron Brooks was sacked for the seventh time." Maybe Porter had the over.

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68 comments, Last at 14 Sep 2006, 3:49pm by LnGrrrR

11 Sep 2006, 02:22pm by Aaron Schatz

Branch to Seahawks for 2007 First-Round Pick

Our long national nightmare is over. This is great news for Seahawks fans, and not such great news for Patriots fans, but a first-round selection is pretty good value. They just need Doug Gabriel or Ben Watson to really come through.

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297 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2006, 12:35am by Kevin11

11 Sep 2006, 12:40pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: A New Day Dawns

Peter King says Week 1 tells us that teams never pick up where they left off in the NFL.

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36 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 11:52pm by Clark

11 Sep 2006, 09:08am by P. Ryan Wilson

Bledsoe's Performance Will Only Fuel Controversy

It's too bad NFL football games aren't just 15 minutes because the Cowboys looked unstoppable during the first quarter of yesterday's contest against the Jaguars. After a fast start, quarterback Drew Bledsoe returned to the form that drove Pats fans nuts for years: poor decision making, untimely interceptions, and drive-stalling sacks. Commence quarterback controversy talk. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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19 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 10:57pm by Chris

11 Sep 2006, 08:44am by P. Ryan Wilson

Green's Status Uncertain for Week 2

Thankfully, Kansas City's Trent Green will be okay after taking a vicious (but legal) hit from the Bengals Robert Geahters, but the quarterback is still uncertain for next Sunday's game against the Broncos. Several news outlets reported it as a helmet-to-helmet hit, but it looked like Geathers' shoulder pads made contact with Green's helmet. I suspect this play will lead to some discussions about rules changes at the next owners' meetings.

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26 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 3:43pm by Tracy

11 Sep 2006, 01:51am by Aaron Schatz

Deion Branch

Was Deion Branch worth the price the Seahawks paid? And how much will New England miss him? (Click link to read more.)

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11 Sep 2006, 01:47am by Aaron Schatz

Was Shaun Alexander's poor Week 1 a sign of breakdown?

The curse of 370 looked apparent in week one for Shaun Alexander. How did other victims do in their first game? Aaron Schatz examines further. (Click link to read more.)

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09 Sep 2006, 11:58am by Doug Farrar

Vikings Sign McKinnie to Monster Deal

The Vikings have signed LT Bryant McKinnie to a mega-deal: 7 years, $48.5 million, and over $18 million guaranteed. Performance bonuses could push the total over $50 million. This puts him in the financial elite for his position, and there's an interesting wrinkle based on the "poison pill" Minnesota used on guard Steve Hutchinson -- the Vikings' capmasters had to structure the deal so that McKinnie (or any Viking offensive lineman) could never earn more than Hutchinson on a per-year average basis, or Hutch's entire $49 million salary would become guaranteed.

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24 comments, Last at 12 Sep 2006, 11:14am by Insancipitory

08 Sep 2006, 08:17pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Steelers Sign Najeh Davenport

Surprisingly, Pittsburgh didn't drop (a) Duce to sign Davenport. Thank you, thank you. Don't forget to try the meat loaf and I'll be here all week. Michael David Smith has more thoughts here.

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24 comments, Last at 10 Sep 2006, 12:46am by Andy