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TMQ: Unpatriotic Comments

For a number of reasons -- fewer TMQ fans reading FO, people losing their desire to talk about TMQ, moving the discussion to Extra Points -- TMQ discussion has severely dropped off around here, but I have a feeling that's going to change with the subject that kicked off Gregg's column this week. Even I'm a little irked at his statement that he's sick of the Patriots, that they get all the lucky breaks, and that they've avoided injuries. The 2003-2004 Patriots get their share of lucky breaks, but no more than any other team (the 2001 Patriots were a different story). Injuries, I mean, huh?

Snap Judgment: Big Ben

Here are all the Week 6 quarterback ratings and commentary from ESPN Page 2's Snap Judgment, featuring yours truly. This week we ask if Matt Hasselbeck is good enough to win the Super Bowl and if McNabb-to-Owens has become the best QB-WR combination in football, plus I have some extended comments on Ben Roethlisberger and DPAR for each quarterback who played yesterday.

Cats Wait as Graham Courts NFL

Just for fun, check out the Australian point of view on what happens when NFL teams sign Aussies as their punters. If you were a Geelong Cats fan, you'd be upset that forward Ben Graham is thinking of heading to the States. It's worth a look if for no other reason than paragraphs like this:

Mel Kiper Leaves ESPN

Well, here's a shocker. Mel Kiper is being let go by ESPN because they couldn't agree on language in his contract. I assume that Sporting News, SI.com, et al. now go after him, but isn't a large part of Kiper's value his being on set during the draft broadcast?

Football Commentary: Week 5 Strategy Review

The latest mathematical analysis of NFL coaching decisions from our friend William Krasker takes a closer look at Seattle's clock management snafus against St. Louis (Russell is right, they should have run three times and punted) as well as the Tuna's controversial decision to go for it on 4th-and-1 at the Dallas 43-yard line in the fourth quarter. I also like William's analysis of Denver's 4th-and-goal play at the Carolina goal line.

TMQ: Free the Inactive Seven

Football Outsiders -- still home of the "official unofficial" TMQ discussion thread. This week, Gregg Easterbrook introduces you to seven guys who get paid for doing nothing, discusses possible football-related presidential debate questions, and ponders the Single Most Fouled Up Play in NFL history. Hint: It involves the Buffalo offensive line.

Snap Judgment: Brady, Culpepper on a Roll

Page 2's weekly look at QB play is up, featuring Aaron and DPAR. Daunte Culppeper -- good week. Kyle Boller -- not so good. Opponent adjustments for the first time, which will annoy David Carr fans.

Peter King's MMQB: No Rush to Judgment

Peter King's back with the Monday edition of Monday Morning Quarterback. He takes a look at the Patriots' addition of Corey Dillon, potential bidders for a post-Thanksgiving Thursday/Saturday NFL television package, and erectile disfuntion.

Holmgren Hears From the Critics

In week 4, didn't Aaron mention something about Seattle, the top-rated team in VOA, not playing anybody yet?

Football Commentary: Week 4 Strategy Review

In this week's strategy analysis, our buddy William Krasker looks at the "surprise" onside kick by Tennessee, a play also discussed in Tuesday's TMQ. Other issues discussed: Was Jacksonville correct to go for broke with the 40-yard touchdown on 4th-and-1? (All plays look good if they work, but was it the right gamble?) What the heck was Kansas City doing with its timeouts in the first quarter Monday night? And, what I thought might have been the strangest, most pointless decision of the weekend: How wussy was it for San Francisco to punt from the St. Louis 30-yard line?