07 Nov 2014, 04:53pm by Tom Gower
In this week's Sunday Night Football column, I examine the decline in Brandon Marshall's DVOA. As the headline indicates, it's all about downfield throws.
06 Nov 2014, 06:50pm by Aaron Schatz
We all know that Thursday night football feels extra sloppy. And it logically seems like it should be extra sloppy, since players haven't had a full week to recover from Sunday's games. But as others have done before, Kevin Seifert has run numbers showing that Thursday games do not in fact feature more injuries or less scoring. There are more turnovers, but also fewer penalties and the same number of dropped passes as in other games.
11 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2014, 11:08pm by jebmak
06 Nov 2014, 05:24pm by Vincent Verhei
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has reached a plea agreement with Texas prosecutors that will keep him out of jail. That does not mean he will be on an NFL field anytime soon.
Peterson, who was facing up to two years in prison on child abuse charges, has agreed to plea no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault. Peterson will be placed on probation and will pay a $4,000 fine and serve 80 hours of community service. He also will take parenting classes, and if he completes his probation without incident, there won't be a conviction on his record.
10 comments, Last at 08 Nov 2014, 12:08am by Jerry
06 Nov 2014, 02:30pm by Vincent Verhei
The NFL has announced its trio of International Series games. They may as well dump the "International" name for "London," which is where all the games are. Regardless, playing in Wembley next year will be:
7 comments, Last at 06 Nov 2014, 6:43pm by Vincent Verhei
05 Nov 2014, 07:43pm by Vincent Verhei
One of the most promising NFL careers in recent memory is over before it started. Marcus Lattimore, a star running back at South Carolina who suffered two gruesome knee injuries in college, has announced his retirement from pro football.
Lattimore led the SEC in yards from scrimmage before injuries ruined his career. The 49ers selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft in hopes he would be able to recover, but he was never able to suit up for a game, including the preseason.
18 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2014, 11:48pm by Jerry
05 Nov 2014, 07:31pm by Vincent Verhei
The Houston Texans are 4-5, two games behind the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South (and 0-1 against the Colts this season) and 1 1/2 games out of the wild card race. Ryan Fitzpatrick, though, is 25th in DVOA, and so the Texans are hoping for an upgrade by naming Ryan Mallett as their starting quarterback.
18 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2014, 11:42am by tuluse
04 Nov 2014, 12:01pm by Scott Kacsmar
Scott Kacsmar tells the tale of how Ben Roethlisberger has quietly been one of the best quarterbacks of his era, and he's never played better than he is right now. (Click to read more.)
115 comments, Last at 20 Nov 2014, 9:05am by Jerry
04 Nov 2014, 10:45am by Matt Waldman
I was wrong about Andre Ellington’s NFL career, but I probably would have made the same conclusions if I had to do it again. Find out why.
03 Nov 2014, 03:41pm by Andrew Potter
The first-place Eagles lose key starters on both sides of the ball.
14 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2014, 4:24pm by chemical burn
03 Nov 2014, 03:30pm by Vincent Verhei
I'm just going to quote the intro paragraph here: "Week 9 had no shortage of big-time storylines. Let’s examine each of them, from Big Ben’s second straight six-spot, to the Patriots’ punishment of Peyton, to the Cards’ continued dominance in the NFC."
2 comments, Last at 04 Nov 2014, 2:42pm by RickD
The Playoff picture likely remained unchanged as the contenders all had unimpressive wins in Week 13.