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Tuesday Morning Quarterback: NFC Preview

TMQ looks at the NFC today, explaining the whole point behind "Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons" and assuring Green Bay fans that the all-yellow Packers uniform pictured in a previous column was just a joke. I'm seriously gonna have to have a talk with Gregg about his obsession with running the football, though. I'm sorry, man, but passing wins ballgames. The problem is not too much passing in general but too much pass wackiness at the wrong times (like, say, going five wide on the goal line).

MMQB: Born to Win

Peter King today with more on Bill Belichick, who was, of course, outcoached by Marvin Lewis Saturday night... can we sponsor a Peter King vs. Kevin Mannix duel to the death? Also, Peter endorses Jerome Bettis over Duce Staley (I respectably disagree), dives into the bottomless pit that is Brady vs. Manning debate, and expands his top quarterbacks list to 30. Will he get tons of e-mails from people angry that he put Drew Bledsoe at #23 ahead of Byron Leftwich at #26?

Preseason Panic Watch

In New England, Kevin Mannix writes that the Patriots were outcoached by the Bengals this weekend in a 31-3 loss. As Bruce Allen points out at Boston Sports Media Watch, I'm not sure how you get outcoached in a preseason game in which you have no game plan because you don't want to reveal anything you will use against the same team later in a game that actually counts.

Steve DeBerg: The Long Journey

OK, I know it has become popular sport around here to constantly rag on B. Duane Cross for his, shall we say, confused statistical analysis. If we're going to be mean to him when he's dumb, we have to give him credit when he writes something good, and I really enjoyed this. Duane set out to find the greatest journeyman quarterback of all time, with these constraints: minimum 100 games, at least four different teams, never made Pro Bowl, and was with one team for no more than half his career.

Who's the Most-Overrated Player in the NFL?

Pete Prisco lists the NFL's most-underrated and overrated players (and also team-by-team). He has Fred Taylor as the most-underrated and Brian Urlacher as the most-overrated. Everyone talks about the Madden curse, but I think Urlacher might be the first annual victim of the Paris Hilton curse.

Tuesday Morning Quarterback: AFC Preview

Everybody who felt Gregg didn't talk enough football last week is going to be pretty excited this week.

MMQB: Additions of Garcia, Winslow Will Significantly Improve Browns Offense

Peter King likes Cleveland this year. He's predicting 85 catches for Kellen Winslow. A TE has caught that many passes in a season only ten times in the history of the NFL (three of those by some other guy named Kellen Winslow).

FO at TNR: Hall of Shame

Continuing our slow takeover of TNR.com, Michael David Smith writes about Fritz Pollard, Joe Lillard, and the NFL's poor record when it comes to recognizing great African-American players from the era of segregation. This ran on Friday, before the Hall induction, but we haven't been able to link until now. Thanks to TNR for allowing us to link without subscription so you can all read the article.

Fame Game, Part II

OK, this one is guaranteed to spur some debate. SI.com's Dr. Z looks at likely Hall of Fame choices every year from 2005 to 2009, and then goes through every current team and looks at possible Hall of Famers. Some of his "sleeper" picks are just plain nutty. If Dr. Z really thinks that Travis Henry projects to a Hall of Fame career we may need an intervention. The NFC team-by-team is on a different page (linked at the bottom of the first page). Note that in the Packers section Dr. Z says: "My No.

Don't Tell Me the XFL Wasn't Culturally Significant

This article really has nothing to do with football; it's a review of the latest Spike Lee movie. But it does point out that the movie, "She Hate Me," takes its title from Rod Smart's nickname. Rod Smart may have the dumbest, the most grammatically incorrect, and the most far-reaching nickname in the history of sport.

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