29 Dec 2011, 05:56pm by Danny Tuccitto
After adjusting for year-to-date averages and strength of Week 17 opponent, do quarterbacks on teams with something to play for play better than those who don't? The answer's somewhat nuanced, but it will probably surprise you.
27 Dec 2011, 01:22pm by Vincent Verhei
This week's Any Given Sunday looks at the Giants offense, which is very heavy on deep passes. What does that mean against the Dallas defense, and against the defenses the Giants might face in the playoffs?
1 comment, Last at 28 Dec 2011, 2:01pm by Dales
25 Dec 2011, 12:44pm by Rivers McCown
This week's MNF feature looks at the Atlanta defense, both good (Brent Grimes, Sean Weatherspoon) and bad (Dunta Robinson, the safeties).
22 Dec 2011, 12:56pm by Aaron Schatz
This week's ESPN feature looks at the New York Giants. The talent seems to be there, but the Giants had two big problems this year. One was health, as the Giants will come close to the record for defensive AGL. The other is yet another second-half collapse, which ended up just like all their other second-half collapses. At some point, you've got to look at the head coach as the reason why the Giants can't keep it going in November and December.
6 comments, Last at 23 Dec 2011, 5:08pm by uncleer
21 Dec 2011, 03:39pm by Danny Tuccitto
It's crunch time in fantasy football, so this week's column has no frills; just the cold steel of matchup recommendations. In total, we discuss 22 players: good ones with bad matchups, bad ones with good matchups, and everything in between.
1 comment, Last at 21 Dec 2011, 5:16pm by aaron
20 Dec 2011, 09:29pm by Brian Fremeau
Michigan State and West Virginia won't be darkhorse national championship contenders in 2012, but they are ready for the next step according to our program ratings.
13 comments, Last at 22 Dec 2011, 7:58pm by Turin
20 Dec 2011, 01:49pm by Vincent Verhei
A problem has finally appeared for the Packers: protecting Aaron Rodgers.
2 comments, Last at 21 Dec 2011, 11:36am by MCS
18 Dec 2011, 11:11pm by Danny Tuccitto
Danny Tuccitto discusses how the 49ers offensive line has been the biggest problem in San Francisco's losses -- and must improve if the 49ers want to win some playoff games.
3 comments, Last at 25 Dec 2011, 9:55pm by kazman8888
15 Dec 2011, 01:24pm by Aaron Schatz
My column for ESPN Insider this week points out that massive imbalance between offense and defense hasn't necessarily kept teams from winning in past postseasons. It's not true that the Saints and Patriots can't compete in the playoffs because of awful defense; what matters is the whole package.
13 comments, Last at 16 Dec 2011, 6:36pm by tuluse
14 Dec 2011, 05:31pm by Danny Tuccitto
For inquiring minds, a look at why our plus-minus tables always have so many quarterbacks in them. Also, advice about running back handcuffs, bad quarterbacks with great matchups, and great quarterbacks with bad matchups.