Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?
Even though Gregg Easterbrook has left us for the greener pastures of NFL.com, we know that the discussion threads we provided during his short stay at our site were very popular. Therefore we're providing the "unofficial official" discussion thread of Tuesday Morning Quarterback each week. This will be your place to discuss Gregg's column at NFL.com which you can find here.
Here's the update on the Football Outsiders fantasy playoff league. As promised I have included what I think is the best of the various "leftovers" teams chosen in the discussion thread. Turns out the team I originally thought was the best "leftovers" team was not actually the best, so I've switched in Ivarsson's team -- which is actually in second place and may win if Carolina upsets New England. Whoa.
|RUSS (2 left)||160||PAT (1 left)||125||AARON (4 left)||176|
|QB||Manning, IND||72||McNair, TEN||19||Brady, NWE||27|
|RB||M. Faulk, STL||18||George, TEN||12||A. Green, GNB||38|
|RB||A. Smith, NWE||22||S. Davis, CAR||33||J. Lewis, BAL||3|
|WR||T. Brown, NWE||9||Bruce, STL||11||Pinkston, PHI||15|
|WR||J. Walker, GNB||15||Driver, GNB||8||S. Smith, CAR||43|
|WR||Morton, KAN||1||Wayne, IND||28||Looker, STL||5|
|TE||Franks, GNB||9||Wycheck, TEN||1||Sharpe, DEN||3|
|K||M. Andersen, KAN||7||G. Anderson, TEN||12||Vinatieri, NWE||24||IVARSSON'S
TEAM (3 left)
|DEF||Tennessee||6||St. Louis||1||New England||18|
|MIKE (0 left)||113||JASON (3 left)||115||GEOFF (1 left)||149||169|
|QB||Bulger, STL||13||McNabb, PHI||28||Favre, GNB||34||Delhomme, CAR||42|
|RB||Holmes, KAN||30||Portis, DEN||7||James, IND||47||Davenport, GNB||6|
|RB||Buckhalter, PHI||7||Staley, PHI||22||Hambrick, DAL||2||K. Faulk, NWE||5|
|WR||Mason, TEN||17||Givens, NWE||14||Holt, STL||2||Ferguson, GNB||19|
|WR||R. Smith, DEN||12||Lelie, DEN||0||Harrison, IND||33||McCareins, TEN||1|
|WR||D. Jackson, SEA||5||Branch, NWE||3||Kennison, KAN||5||Muhammad, CAR||26|
|TE||Heap, BAL||14||Gonzalez, KAN||5||Fauria, NWE||4||Pollard, IND||21|
|K||Wilkins, STL||18||Akers, PHI||12||Longwell, GNB||14||Vanderjagt, IND||22|
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