Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 Jan 2006, 03:47pm by Russell Levine

Source: NFL Network Gets New Play-by-Play Deal

BenMaller.com is reporting that the NFL will award its new late-season game package (probably Thursday and Saturday nights the last four weeks of the season) to .... itself. Or, more properly, to the NFL Network.

If accurate, this is a very interesting development, with ramifications all over the place. For one, if your cable company doesn't carry the NFL Network, it will. For another, it means that Comcast probably won't form an all-sports network to challenge ESPN.

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27 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2006, 4:12pm by giving him the business

16 Jan 2006, 07:55pm by Michael David Smith

NFL: Ref Wrong on Polamalu Pick

The NFL has acknolwedged that Troy Polamalu's interception should not have been overturned. Anyone think they'd have made this acknowledgement if Vanderjagt's kick had been good and the Colts had won in overtime?

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100 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2006, 1:18am by Tom C. Huskey

16 Jan 2006, 03:48pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Hey Peyton, Need Some Help?

This week DJ Gallo has some thoughts on Peyton Manning throwing his team, uh, under the bus, explains why Troy Polamalu's apparent interception wasn't, discusses the Belichick Face, thinks the Steelers-Broncos game should be officially dubbed the Beard Bowl, and takes a look this morning's headlines from around the NFL.

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35 comments, Last at 19 Jan 2006, 1:05pm by DD Ohio

16 Jan 2006, 01:14pm by Michael David Smith

MMQB: Making Sense of the Weekend

Peter King muses on the losses of the Patriots and Colts.

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31 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2006, 1:00pm by bartleby

16 Jan 2006, 12:12am by Aaron Schatz

Don Banks' Snap Judgments

Consider this an open thread to talk about the Final Four until Audibles goes up tomorrow. I really don't care about what Don Banks wrote, I just wanted to point one thing out.

He ranks the four remaining teams in order of their chances to win the Super Bowl like this: Carolina, Denver, Pittsburgh, Seattle. Why Carolina? "The Panthers are the only team that has managed to put two very impressive games together."

Can you tell where that reasoning breaks down?

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59 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2006, 1:30pm by MJK

14 Jan 2006, 10:02pm by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NYTimes: Dungy Finally Has a Defense to Match the Colts' Offense

The Indianapolis Colts blitz less often than any other defense in the NFL. How much less? The team ranked 31st blitzed THREE TIMES as often as the Colts. I got to use STATS Inc. numbers on team blitzes because the NY Times pays for those rights, but the tackle breakdowns for Bob Sanders and Gary Brackett come from the FO individual defensive stats.
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16 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2006, 1:48pm by ChicagoScott

14 Jan 2006, 09:55pm by Michael David Smith

Colts Cornerback Questionable after Injury

The Colts' best cornerback, Nick Harper, injured his knee in a car accident today and is questionable for tomorrow's game against the Steelers.

UPDATE: The car accident story was bogus. Harper was actually stabbed by his wife. As of Sunday morning, six hours before game time, he's still questionable.

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25 comments, Last at 17 Jan 2006, 1:46pm by ChicagoScott

14 Jan 2006, 02:11pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Colts to Start Tee Martin

Well, he did win a national championship at Tennessee. Martin had this to say about his unexpected return to the NFL: "Yeah, my career has kind of worked out like that ... Peyton sets them up and I knock them down. I don't mind though. I kind of enjoy it, actually. He's always been a bit of a dork and it's fun to see him get all frustrated and down on himself again. It's what keeps me going." (hat tip to Honest Wagner)

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27 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2006, 11:59pm by Björn

13 Jan 2006, 04:37pm by P. Ryan Wilson

My Name Is Bill

This week, in addition to his picks, Bill Simmons has some thoughts on Jerome Bettis's ever-expanding waistline (as well as a bunch of other stuff). In other news, Matt Hasselbeck is bald, New Mexico has Happy Meal issues, Dick Vermeil cries at press conferences, and Tom Brady has been disrespected at least twice in the time it took you to read this.

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58 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2006, 9:05am by ernie cohen

13 Jan 2006, 12:11pm by P. Ryan Wilson

You Wanna Coach the Raiders....

Ever wonder what an interview for an NFL head coaching position might be like? (free registration/bugmenot required)

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16 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2006, 2:37am by Michael