02 Nov 2006, 11:12pm by Aaron Schatz
Aaron Schatz explains the high rankings for Arizona vs. #1 receivers despite some traditional statistics indicating otherwise. (Click link to read more.)
02 Nov 2006, 05:14pm by P. Ryan Wilson
It's not everyday a second-year player gets a contract extension. After signing as the Eagles' first-round pick in 2005 (including $3.8 million in guaranteed money), defensive tackle Mike Patterson inks a seven-year, $32 million extension with $9 million guaranteed. This is a little better than Maurice Clarett's contract with the Broncos.
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02 Nov 2006, 11:01am by P. Ryan Wilson
I've given Kellen Winslow a lot of gruff for all that "I'm a soldja!" stuff, but it turns out he's a really good tight end too. This week the Browns face the Chargers and predictably, one of the subplots is the Antonio Gates - Kellen Winslow matchup (as much as you can have a matchup between two players sharing a position). Currently, Winslow ranks 4th in TE DPAR and Gates ranks 8th. Not too shabby for a guy who missed almost two seasons due to various injuries. (free registration/bugmenot required)
88 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2006, 2:30am by Ben White
01 Nov 2006, 12:22pm by Doug Farrar
Not really a surprise, but still worth mentioning ... Martin, one of the most prolific running backs in NFL history, will officially announce the end of his 2006 season today. He has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list since August. Many of his teammates believe this to be the inevitable prelude to retirement - his right knee is "bone-on-bone", according to one unnamed player. The 2004 NFL rushing champ and one of Bill Parcells' all-time favorite players, Martin leaves a great legacy as a player and person. He also awaits (one would think) a no-brainer first-ballot HOF nomination.
105 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2006, 2:05pm by dryheat
01 Nov 2006, 12:07pm by Mike Tanier
Mike Tanier explains his opinions on Dwight Freeney and attempts to justify his own hypocrisy. (Click link to read.)
01 Nov 2006, 12:31am by Aaron Schatz
I have a question, and I ask this question out of serious curiosity, not a desire to pump my own ego (or the collective ego of Football Outsiders). If you look at the current Las Vegas odds, Pittsburgh is actually favored to beat Denver on Sunday. The current line is somewhere between -2.0 and -3.0 depending on where you look. This just blows me away.
69 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2006, 8:13pm by Josh
31 Oct 2006, 09:31pm by Bill Barnwell
This is the second half of the article on Pass-Catching backs from last week, looking at "playmaker" backs who lead their teams in carries and receptions.
7 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2006, 9:18pm by Vince
31 Oct 2006, 02:43pm by P. Ryan Wilson
This week, Gregg Easterbrook was all set to pimp Denver's defense but, well, Indianapolis happened.
54 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2006, 2:17pm by B
31 Oct 2006, 12:49pm by P. Ryan Wilson
After dropping three games in a row, the Eagles are now 4-4 and face a pretty tough schedule going forward. Despite the recent setbacks, the players say they still have faith in head coach Andy Reid. Reid admits that he needs to "dial up a few more runs" and that the Eagles have taken 20 sacks is a testament to as much. But hey, at least Philly's still in the thick of things in the NFC East. I mean, they could be like that other Pennsylvania team, currently tied for last in the division. (free registration/bugmenot required)
60 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2006, 10:01am by Dean
Our offseason Four Downs series ends with a look at the NFC West's biggest remaining holes and their most notable UDFA signings. The Rams and 49ers have to kick-start their passing games, Arizona's offense lacks a big dimension, and the Seahawks continue to rely on Russell Wilson's magic tricks.