Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

07 Dec 2005, 07:10pm by Aaron Schatz

Running Debate

With Oakland and the Jets set to square off, it's time to debate Curtis Martin and LaMont Jordan again. "Martin was coming off a career year - he won the NFL rushing title - and there was no way to predict his production would decline this dramatically," says Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News.

Martin current stats, projected to 16 games:
980 rushing yards, 157 receiving yards, 7 touchdowns
Martin projection from PFP 2005:
1067 rushing yards, 174 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns

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32 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2005, 9:18pm by Travis

07 Dec 2005, 11:55am by P. Ryan Wilson

Fisher: Colts' Attempt 'Absurd'

This is my nomination for quote of the season:

"Fisher said it appeared as if the Colts were trying to catch the Titans for a penalty with what he called '75 guys, 10 trainers and four doctors on the field rather than 12. A lot of benefit from that.'"

Between this and the allegations about Indy pumping crowd noise through the PA system, I think we'll need another Congressional hearing.

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59 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2005, 8:00pm by doktarr

06 Dec 2005, 11:56pm by Aaron Schatz

Brian Westbrook Out for Season

It's official. The last remaining thing that could possibly go wrong for the Philadelphia Eagles has gone wrong.

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48 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2005, 2:41am by Pat

06 Dec 2005, 05:18pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Javon Walker Dumps Rosenhaus

The article doesn't give much in the way of details, but either way, it sure doesn't reflect well on Drew Rosenhaus. (free registration/bugmenot required)

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12 comments, Last at 07 Dec 2005, 11:17pm by pbmax

06 Dec 2005, 02:43pm by Michael David Smith

TMQ: Run up the Middle!

Tuesday Morning Quarterback hits the AutoText button this week, writing that a failure to run up the middle cost Buffalo the game against Miami Sunday. TMQ also points out that the Colts have NFL history's longest streak of victories by more than seven points. (The 1942 Bears won 11 straight by at least a touchdown.)

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27 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2005, 3:29pm by Clod

06 Dec 2005, 02:39pm by Michael David Smith

Bears' Orton Gets Job Done

I believe the Chicago Bears should bench Kyle Orton. If Rex Grossman is healthy he should start. Otherwise Jeff Blake should start. As bad as the Bears' quarterbacks were last year, I believe Orton is worse.

Jeffri Chadiha disagrees. He writes, "You stick with what got your team to where it is.... After all, his job isn't to produce phenomenal numbers. He's there to put his team in position to win games. So far, he's done that well enough to give Chicago an eight-game winning streak."

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47 comments, Last at 09 Dec 2005, 6:44pm by Aaron Boden

06 Dec 2005, 12:49pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Seymour Gives Fans an Earful

To be fair, Gisele Bundchen might have been the most exciting part of Sunday's game against the Jets. Seriously though, the article points out that, "...the open ends of Gillette and the close proximity of the club-level seats (where many fans opt to stay inside) have conspired to give the Pats one of the worst home-field advantages — in terms of crowd noise — in the NFL."

I'm guessing you won't be hearing this complaint from Colts players.

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19 comments, Last at 07 Dec 2005, 1:51am by J

05 Dec 2005, 11:56am by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Peter King is full of the playoff spirit this week, giving us his prognostications for the 12 teams that will make the postseason.

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50 comments, Last at 07 Dec 2005, 12:00pm by Tom Kelso

05 Dec 2005, 10:52am by P. Ryan Wilson

Colossal Collapse is Quite a Stunner

Two things. First, there's no truth to the rumor that Morris Buttermaker coached the second half for the Bills, and second, J.P. Losman is no Shakespeare.

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17 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2005, 2:19am by Mike

04 Dec 2005, 02:57pm by Aaron Schatz

Defensive Bears are Much Like '99 Bucs

Why all the comparisons to the 2000 Ravens and 1985 Bears? As Bob Cook points out, Lovie Smith was the linebackers coach for a team that had a great defense -- so great that it held the Greatest Show on Turf to 11 points in the NFC Championship -- and a horrific offense led by a bad rookie quarterback -- so bad that it could only score six points in the same game.

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22 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2005, 6:06pm by B