Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

11 Oct 2005, 02:14pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Batch Prepares to Take the Reins; Roethlisberger Has Hyperextended Knee

Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to have an MRI on his knee later today, but in the meantime the Steelers' third-string QB, Charlie Batch, is preparing to make his first start since 2001. Earlier in the week, backup Tommy Maddox went down with the same calf injury that shelved Jerome Bettis for three games (apparently it's contagious). While everyone in Pittsburgh would prefer to see Big Ben under center next Sunday, things could be much worse (just ask Brooks Bollinger), especially when you consider that Batch almost lost his job to Brian St. Pierre during training camp.

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7 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2005, 6:15pm by Independent George

10 Oct 2005, 06:08pm by Michael David Smith

Mike Martz to Take Leave of Absence

Rams coach Mike Martz will miss at least the next six weeks with a heart infection. Developing.

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6 comments, Last at 11 Oct 2005, 3:29pm by Pat Benatar

10 Oct 2005, 02:44pm by Russell Levine

McAllister Likely Out for Season

FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer reports that New Orleans' running back Deuce McAllister has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of this season.

Is it just me, or does that feel-good win over Carolina seem like it took place about three years ago?

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23 comments, Last at 14 Jan 2007, 10:08am by someone

10 Oct 2005, 02:38pm by Ned Macey

Morning After Week 5

Len Pasquarelli checks in with a series of what seem to me rather obvious storylines. Colts' defense is good. Michael Vick gets hurt. Tatum Bell was part of the Bailey-Portis trade. Houston Texans are really bad. The one thing I disagree with, however, is using the 49ers game as a reason to lead with the Colts' defense. They got run over by Kevan Barlow and missed as many tackles as they did against the Patriots last January. Fortunately, Cato June was Alex Smith's second favorite target, and the only one he hit for a touchdown.

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8 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2005, 11:04pm by emcee fleshy

10 Oct 2005, 01:28pm by Al Bogdan

MMQB: Still Leader of the Pack

Who would have guessed that Peter King would write about Brett Favre after the Packers' lopsided win yesterday? Strange awards from MMQB this week. King's offensive player of the week had 11 yards on eight carries. After asking if Adam Vinatieri is from this planet, he gives the special teams player of the week award to the kicker from the losing team. The rest of the awards go to players or coaches in the Packers/Saints game.

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32 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2005, 11:10am by OMO

10 Oct 2005, 11:56am by Michael David Smith

Sports Illustrated Settles Mike Price Suit

We talked before around here about the Mike Price lawsuit against Sports Illustrated, so here's a link to the magazine's statement about settling the case. Still no explanation for why a reporter would conduct an interview without taking notes, pay a source, or give a donation to a politician's campaign before interviewing him.

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11 comments, Last at 13 Oct 2005, 12:31pm by kleph

10 Oct 2005, 11:40am by Aaron Schatz

Rare Free Kick Confuses Even Bironas

Does anyone remember the last time that an NFL team took advantage of the "free kick FG attempt after fair catch of a punt" rule? By the way, the free kick also seemed to have confused Mike Patrick, because at the end of the first half of the Bengals-Jaguars game he said that the Bengals were trying one when they were actually just punting the ball on fourth down.

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45 comments, Last at 07 Jan 2007, 1:52am by Rocco

10 Oct 2005, 11:36am by P. Ryan Wilson

Ravens Get Mad, Lions Get Even

This was ugly on several levels. The Ravens racked up 21 penalties (one shy of the record), had two players ejected, committed four turnovers, and some Baltimore fans are wondering (again) if Billick has lost control of his team. But it's also worth noting that Joey Harrington had another subpar performance, Roy Williams left with a leg injury, and before a bevy of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties late in the third quarter, the Ravens were still in the game.

And most importantly, the officiating left a lot to be desired. I would say more, but I don't want to get fined by the league office.

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13 comments, Last at 12 Oct 2005, 5:25pm by Whatever0

07 Oct 2005, 11:39pm by Aaron Schatz

Chargers Primed for Long Run of Success

Our new colleague at FOXSports.com, Jay Glazer takes a look at which teams have the best and worst cap situations going into 2006. The Chargers rank third in expected cap room (although this doesn't yet count Drew Brees) and can be very active in next year's free agent market. But even better for San Diego is the fact that Oakland, Denver, and Kansas City rank as three of the five teams with the least amount of expected cap room. Say goodbye to some of those veteran Kansas City and Denver offensive linemen. The Jets will have some pretty tough choices to make as well.

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20 comments, Last at 10 Oct 2005, 3:40pm by ElJefe

07 Oct 2005, 07:22pm by Aaron Schatz

Fear, Not Numbers, Sacked Holmgren

I've angered the Washington fans enough, but let's look at last week's game from the other side? When Seattle picked off Mark Brunell with 49 seconds left, why did Mike Holmgren settle for two running plays and a long field goal instead of passing to get closer? Dave Locke of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has more on coaches who play not to lose. (Thanks to reader Jason Zanon for sending the link.)

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15 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2005, 9:21am by Flux