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ESPN: Alexander's Decline Easily Predictable

Due to the Writers Guild of America strike, this week's Monday Night Football column is a bit of a re-run.

16 comments, Last at 13 Nov 2007, 9:21pm by Brian

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 10

Here's our latest look at Sunday's matchups through the eyes of the FO stats. Learn about the disappearance of Alge Crumpler and why the Vikings-Packers contest ain't over 'til it's over. Unfortunately, they cut my joke that "Chicago is last in the league defending slot receivers, while Oakland is last in the league in slot receivers anybody has heard of." Thanks to Ryan Wilson for doing a large part of this week's article while I was busy running around Philadelphia and South Jersey (details of that to come in tomorrow's TDZ).

14 comments, Last at 09 Nov 2007, 2:35pm by mshray

ESPN: Late First-Round WR Gems

This week's Monday Night Football matchup between the Steelers (Santonio Holmes) and the Ravens (Mark Clayton) gives Ned and myself a chance to revisit his research from the Detroit chapter of PFP 2006.

22 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2007, 4:12pm by joepinion

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 9

Here's more of the new ESPN column featuring FO tidbits for every game on the schedule. This week, find out two very strange things that Jacksonville and New Orleans have in common, experience the wonder of left end runs by (and against) the Redskins, and learn why the Game of the Century may end up a lot like last year's AFC Championship -- Pats early, Colts late.

23 comments, Last at 03 Nov 2007, 1:50pm by Catfish

ESPN: Denver Living Charmed Life

All three of Denver's wins this year have come via field goal, either at the end of the fourth quarter or in overtime. This week's MNF-related article looks at other teams that racked up a lot of close wins early. (Clink link to read more.)

14 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2007, 10:22am by dolphinsjoe

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 8

Here's the second part of our new deal with for two pieces per week. Each week I'll be doing a notebook of stats tidbits revolving around each game as part of's "Sunday Countdown" page. We'll mix in some DVOA splits, ALY and ASR, some of the individual defense stuff, and eventually some of the charting data. Some of these stats show matchups where one team can take advantage to win this week's game; other stats are just fun trivia.

19 comments, Last at 27 Oct 2007, 11:35am by Sunil

ESPN: Addai, Jones-Drew in Select Company

With a big AFC South rivalry on the slate for MNF, I look at similarity scores for Joseph Addai and Maurice Jones-Drew. (Note that the ESPN guys didn't find room for receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, or age, but those do matter in the similarity scores.)

6 comments, Last at 23 Oct 2007, 2:39pm by zlionsfan

ESPN: Vick's Departure Leaves Cutback Lanes Clogged

Hey, remember when I said that FO material was going to start appearing on one more website this year? Here you go, the first article in our new relationship with Eventually this should be two articles per week, one general and one focusing on Monday Night Football. Yes, this means I am writing for FOX, AOL, and ESPN simultaneously. Crazy, huh?

36 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2007, 8:47pm by Vince Verhei