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29 Sep 2004, 10:26am by Aaron Schatz

Football Commentary: Week 3 Strategy Review

Here's the latest math-heavy strategy review from our friend William Krasker. This week he looks into whether Kansas City was correct in going for a first down on 4th-and-2 from the Houston 6-yard line, and discusses Joe Gibbs' series of controversial timeouts. He also takes issue with the official NFL recap referring to the Rams going for it on 4th-and-1 in overtime as "ill-advised."

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28 Sep 2004, 06:04pm by

Body By Peyton

Green Bay mistakenly believed Indy would run a play on 2nd-and-goal with 2:40 remaning in the 4th quarter, so the Pack didn't call time out and the game clock ran down to the 2-minute warning. How did that happen? The Pack bought the performance of Peyton Manning, who went into his usual routine of pointing, waving, and general gesticulating at the line of scrimmage. Indy Star writer Phil Richards notes that Manning "carried on as if he was leading calisthenics." That's what he usually looks like, Phil.

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28 Sep 2004, 02:03pm by Aaron Schatz

TMQ: Beware the Wrath of Lambasthor

In his latest Tuesday Morning Quarterback, Gregg Easterbrook discusses the new book The Meaning of Sports by Michael Mandelbaum and introduces us to the football gods. Plus the usual assortment of curious tactics, best blocks, and season-changing plays.

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28 Sep 2004, 08:22am by P. Ryan Wilson

Quarterback Is a Question Mark

In today's Washington Post Michael Wilbon writes that he's seen enough of Mark Brunell. He also points out that two guys named Warner and Testaverde have outplayed the Redskins QB for three consecutive weeks. And while Brunell was dreadful for the first two games and all but 4 1/2 minutes of the last one, I don't think Patrick Ramsey is a marked improvement.

Changing gears a bit, was it just me or did Joe Gibbs really mismanage this game? Between questionable challenges and poor clock management, it was hard to tell the new ol' ball coach from the old ol' ball coach.

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27 Sep 2004, 03:42pm by Aaron Schatz

Grossman, Gordon, Garner Out for Season

Well, here's your big injury of Week 3, and it is a doozy. Rex Grossman won't be using this season to hone his skills as Chicago quarterback because he is out for the year after tearing his right ACL. Jonathan Quinn is going to be starting for the Bears, who have got to be looking at the waiver wire now if they have any hope of competing this season. Hey, the Chiefs just waived Damon Huard... In other injury news, Miami reporters are saying Lamar Gordon is out for the year. Boy, it just gets worse for the Dolphins. Charlie Garner's season (and possibly career?) is over in Tampa.

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27 Sep 2004, 01:49pm by Aaron Schatz

Snap Judgment: 300 Yards and Clouds of Dust

Here's today's ESPN Page 2 Snap Judgment, featuring quarterback ratings and comments by yours truly. According to PAR (Points Above Replacement), Peyton Manning's game yesterday was the best game by a quarterback since my numbers begin in 2000. Thanks to reader Brian Walsh for the excellent Dolphins' offense joke, although I liked Brian's version better than the ESPN edit.

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27 Sep 2004, 11:41am by Aaron Schatz

MMQB: The Rush Is On

Peter King extols the virtues of the Atlanta defense in his report on "The Game That Set Offensive Football Back Three Centuries." Seriously, what is the difference between last year's Atlanta defense and this year's Atlanta defense? It's mostly the same personnel, are they really that much better? Or did they get to play three games against the three NFC West teams that will spend the entire season sniffing Seattle's exhaust fumes? Or is it the switch to 4-3 and the arrival of defensive coordinator Ed Donatell? Gee, where did Ed Donatell coach last year? (looks down)

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27 Sep 2004, 08:59am by P. Ryan Wilson

Curious Strategy Exposes Defensive Backfield

So why exactly did Bob Slowik, the new Packers defensive coordinator, decide to use his base defense against a Colts team that was dead set on throwing the football all day long -- especially considering that the starting and backup cornerbacks were injured? "Good question," Michael Hawthorne, a Packers defensive back said. "You're asking me? I don't know. I really don't know. You're basically expecting a linebacker to cover a receiver." Hmmm. Either way, neither team can be happy with how their defenses played.

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24 Sep 2004, 12:11pm by Michael David Smith

B. Duane Cross: Week 3 Pickoff

Gregg Easterbrook doesn't have the New York Times to kick around anymore, now that the Times has ceased its practice of picking the exact final score for each game. Here's hoping Gregg turns his eye on our old buddy B. Duane Cross, who tells us that the Packers will beat the Colts 24-21 in overtime on Sunday, as well as his projected final score for each NFL game. He also tells us that he has a 6-year-old daughter named Peyton. It kind of makes me feel sad to think of B. Duane as an actual human being with a daughter and everything. Almost like I shouldn't make fun of him anymore. Almost.

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24 Sep 2004, 10:58am by Benjy Rose

My Cup Runneth Away

Nothing like an article about testicles to start your day. ESPN.com's David Fleming examines the phenomenon that is a cup-less NFL. Apparently, protecting your manhood goes a long way towards disproving it. Filled with phrases like "high-velocity impact to the groin," this article is good for at least a wince or two. Go Nads!

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