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ESPN: Best-Ever Teams Have No Title Guarantees

This week's ESPN MNF column looks at two things: How the Patriots compare to the teams covered in Eddie Epstein's book Dominance, and how their near-loss to Philadelphia compares to other near-losses by the NFL's greatest teams. Suffice it to say, one or two close wins doesn't say much about the Pats' overall greatness.

38 comments, Last at 07 Dec 2007, 1:31am by DP

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 13

Here's the weekly look at random FO-related stats from each game. This week, find out which situation gives Dallas the biggest advantage over Green Bay, the ironic truth about Seattle penalties, and the mind-blowing dominance of the Tennessee Titans when it comes to the new statistic "quarterback hits."

7 comments, Last at 30 Nov 2007, 3:27pm by AmbiantDonkey

ESPN: Why Miami Will Not Go Winless

By complete coincidence, MDS and I each wrote our columns today about the Dolphins -- him for FOX, me for ESPN -- and came up with opposite conclusions.

22 comments, Last at 27 Nov 2007, 8:19pm by Unshakable Optimist

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 12

Our look at matchups around the league goes up a little early this week, due to Thanksgiving. Speaking of which, thanks again to Ryan Wilson for helping out with the condensed schedule. This week, learn about the differences between St. Louis wide receivers, the similarity between Baltimore linebackers, and why Arizona has a special relationship with the officials.

6 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2007, 2:58pm by Costa

ESPN: DEN/TEN Second-Year Stars

This week's Monday Night Football column runs similarity scores for the second-year offensive players for Denver and Tennessee: Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Tony Scheffler, LenDale White, and Vince Young.

16 comments, Last at 20 Nov 2007, 1:40pm by pharmboyrick

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 11

Here's this week's stat notebook for Find out what opponents really think of the Philadelphia cornerbacks, the shocking truth about the Chargers and Jaguars, and yet another reason why Adrian Wilson rules.

14 comments, Last at 17 Nov 2007, 3:08am by admin

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