Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

28 Sep 2005

Week 4 Rundown

Here's the latest rundown of the upcoming weekend's games from Mike Tanier, one of our new FOXSports.com exclusive articles. Find out the secret ingredient behind Minnesota's first victory and marvel at the second Superman reference FO has made on FOX this week.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 28 Sep 2005

14 comments, Last at 29 Sep 2005, 10:04pm by Carl

Comments

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by Marcus (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 12:41am

"Both Cardinals-Niners games last season ended in 34-31 wins for San Francisco."

OUTRAGEOUS

And yes, I hate watching the Redskins too.

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by Josh (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 1:18am

Good article.
But, for the second week in a row, I most inform the author that Paul Hackett is the Bucs QB coach, not the offensive coordinator.

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by BillT (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 2:29am

"After stating that the team wouldn't be auditioning passers, Steve Mariucci brought in Shaun King and — ugh — Jeff George for tryouts"

Aw, come on. That was totally unnecessary.

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by Wicked (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 9:04am

The Packers defense cannot stop the run,

They didn't give up a 100 yard rushing game until this past weekend against TB...then again, who isn't Williams running right over?

For fans that closely follow the Packers, the run defense is currently the only bright spot on the team.

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by MikeT (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 9:09am

Yeah, I keep promoting Hackett for some reason. As QB coach, I'm not sure how great his say is when it comes to gameplanning. But I do believe that Gruden is helped by having a veteran assistant around whose approach may not exactly match his own.

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by Oswlek (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 10:46am

"Any sissy can get tossed out of a bar; it takes a real tough guy to swagger up to the pumps looking for trouble."

I literaly laughed out loud at this line and then called three of my buddies to read it to them. Great job.

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by Will Allen (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 5:04pm

Uh, Cadillac Williams had about 75 yards on 26 carries against the Vikings, until he had a 70 yard run in the closing seconds, when the Vikings, behind 17-13, stacked the line on a third down, knowing that they just about had to force a fumble. Those seventy yards were about as statistically meaningful as an interception thrown on a hail mary pass.
The comment about Cadillac Williams "running wild" against the Vikings is indicative of why the situation that produced the stats has to be evaluated, if the stats are truly to have analytical value.

The Vikings defense did stink against the Bengals though....

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by zach (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 5:59pm

With McNabb hobbled, the Eagles' best bet may be to run the football.

now taking bets on whether or not that will happen.

on a related note, as a philly fan, i understand that the Eagles' attack is a passing one, and i've grown to accept that. but then, why all the play action? it seemed like at least a third of the pass plays called during the first half of the Raiders game were PA. if nobody's scared of the run, all this does is give mcnabb less time to throw the ball.

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by BAS (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 6:01pm

I have to agree with Wicked. That is the Packers only bright spot this season. Sadly.

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by BAS (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 6:02pm

I have to agree with Wicked. That is the Packers only bright spot this season. Sadly.

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by BAS (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 6:02pm

I have to agree with Wicked. That is the Packers only bright spot this season. Sadly.

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by Matthew Furtek (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 9:34pm

Re: "Dull Redskins"
Watch out Mike... you're about to get a ton of angry e-mails from Redskins fans.

For the record, I'd rather be a dull 2-0 team than the exciting 3-0 Raiders (as repeated in another thread).

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by Matthew Furtek (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 9:35pm

Re: "Dull Redskins"
Watch out Mike... you're about to get a ton of angry e-mails from Redskins fans.

For the record, I'd rather be a dull 2-0 team than the exciting 0-3 Raiders (as repeated in another thread).

Yeah, I mean... exciting 0-3 Raiders.

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by Carl (not verified) :: Thu, 09/29/2005 - 10:04pm

The way I've interpreted the rushing stats against the Packers is pretty easy: Why would a team run against them if they can pass?

The pass rush of the Pack is dreadful. Really, really bad. They're sending too many guys now in weird blitz packages just to put some (any) pressure on the opposing passer.

The paucity of rushing stats against them is indicative, to me, of a line that can't really stop the pass. Mike or Aaron probably did this, but what are the defensive rushing stats like in the fourth quarter, when teams are trying to salt away the game?

I bet they are probably higher than the first three quarters, when teams feint runs to keep the DBs honest.

Just a hunch.