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20 Nov 2006, 12:32pm by Doug Farrar

Manic Monday: A Tough Day for Quarterbacks

Week Eleven's Sunday wasn't a great day for many marquee quarterbacks – and when J.P. Losman's career day eclipses many stories, you know that either something's funny in the water, or the Bills were facing the Texans. Meanwhile, Laurence Maroney jukes Nick Barnett into another dimension, the 49ers become the official “Huh?� team of the moment, the concept of negative yardage receives more headlines than usual, the Eagles lose McNabb (again), the Rams get shut out (for the first time in eight years), Eric Mangini gets defended, and Peyton Manning gets an upbraiding in Big D.

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20 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2006, 5:51pm by Doug Farrar

13 Nov 2006, 03:29am by Doug Farrar

Manic Monday: What Defines an Upset?

Sometimes, the upset you think you saw really isn't, especially if you supplement your knowledge of the standings with liberal doses of DVOA. While Houston's season sweep of the Jags seems to go against all conventional wisdom (including ours), Cleveland's win over the Falcons and Green Bay's leap over the Vikings shouldn't be as surprising as they may be to some.

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45 comments, Last at 16 Nov 2006, 12:08pm by Zac

09 Nov 2006, 09:46pm by Doug Farrar

Hey, remember those preseason 'points of emphasis'?

Doug Farrar attempts to explain what changes referees have made in the way they call holding. (Click link to read more.)

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06 Nov 2006, 04:22am by Doug Farrar

Manic Monday: Bottom Rung’s on Top

What a crazy Sunday. Several upsets set the tone, the next installment of football's version of the Ali-Frazier blood feud provided a finish that was thrilling for some, and very frustrating for others (including the guy who runs this site), the worst scoring defense in years gave up the fewest points, and the number of undefeated teams was cut in half by the league's biggest disappointment. To make matters more interesting, the officials had their worst day of the year, in a collective faceplant reminiscent of the 2005 postseason. How did it all happen?

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28 comments, Last at 07 Nov 2006, 6:33pm by JoRo

01 Nov 2006, 12:22pm by Doug Farrar

Report: Curtis Martin Expected to Retire

Not really a surprise, but still worth mentioning ... Martin, one of the most prolific running backs in NFL history, will officially announce the end of his 2006 season today. He has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list since August. Many of his teammates believe this to be the inevitable prelude to retirement - his right knee is "bone-on-bone", according to one unnamed player. The 2004 NFL rushing champ and one of Bill Parcells' all-time favorite players, Martin leaves a great legacy as a player and person. He also awaits (one would think) a no-brainer first-ballot HOF nomination.

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105 comments, Last at 05 Nov 2006, 2:05pm by dryheat

30 Oct 2006, 05:05am by Doug Farrar

Manic Monday: It's All Over For Some

What do you do when your team's postseason hopes are dead and buried by Week Eight? What sort of Flintstones Chewables was Sage Rosenfels horfing down before the Texans-Titans game, and what does that have to do with Seneca Wallace? Who is Mike Tomlin, and why might he be your team's head coach in a few years? And how in the name of Ocho Cinco did Oakland get outgained, 360-98, and still beat the Steelers? In this week's “Manic Monday�, we attempt to answer these questions and more.

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29 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2006, 12:19pm by Wanker79

26 Oct 2006, 09:38am by Doug Farrar

At the NFL’s Nerve Center, All Eyes Are on the Officials

An interesting New York Times article about the league's Officiating Control Center, and what goes on during games. Broadcast crews call in for rules explanations, the Hasselbeck and Roethlisberger hits are featured on the big screen for the eventual comp tape that goes to the commissioner, copious notes are taken on any number of infractions, and Mike Pereira's office decor is revealed. (Free registration required.)

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19 comments, Last at 27 Oct 2006, 7:42pm by Jerry

25 Oct 2006, 12:47pm by Doug Farrar

Terrell Owens, Number Two Receiver

Doug Farrar takes a look at Terrell Owens compared to his top teammate from 2000 to now. This year’s answer might come as a surprise. (Click link to read more.)

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23 Oct 2006, 03:31am by Doug Farrar

Manic Monday: Playing the Blame Game

The last two weeks of the NFL season have been unusually active in the category of blame transference. Four individuals, performing less impressively than expected, have chosen to publicly shift the responsibility for those performances elsewhere.

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35 comments, Last at 25 Oct 2006, 1:34am by Vince

17 Oct 2006, 10:19pm by Doug Farrar

Rogers, Lehr Get Four-Game Steroid Suspensions

On the same day that the NFL handed down Koren Robinson’s one-year substance abuse suspension, Detroit defensive tackle Shaun Rogers and Atlanta guard Matt Lehr were both hit with four-game suspensions for violations of the league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

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30 comments, Last at 19 Oct 2006, 9:30pm by Pat