Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Nov 2006, 12:24pm by P. Ryan Wilson

And the Nosedive Continues

There were a lot of weird games yesterday, but was any more surprising than the Chargers-Bengals? Not only did Cincinnati lose a 28-7 halftime lead, San Diego racked up 42 second-half points. Martyball is dead and the Bengals playoff hopes are on life support, but hey, at least Ocho Cinco's back. Chad Johnson had 11 receptions for 260 yards (260!) and two touchdowns.

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15 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2006, 5:26pm by Kellerman

13 Nov 2006, 01:55am by Aaron Schatz

Orlando Pace Out for Year (and other Week 10 injuries)

Wow. What a week for injuries. Discuss here. Orlando Pace is done for the year after tearing a triceps. Clinton Portis broke his hand and will probably miss a couple weeks at least, maybe more. Tony Gonzalez is out 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury. Luke Petitgout broke his leg. Troy Polamalu, Deshea Townsend, and Frank Gore all had concussions, and I assume T.J. Whosyourdaddy had one too after that Marlon McCree cheap shot.

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23 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2006, 11:19am by drtobes

11 Nov 2006, 11:14pm by Aaron Schatz

FO in the NY Times: NFL Kickers Are Judged on the Wrong Criteria

The idea behind this column is simple: NFL kickers are more consistent kicking off than they are kicking field goals. But until I did the research for this article, I had no idea just how dramatic the difference really is.

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59 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2010, 1:35pm by Jameszeee

10 Nov 2006, 09:38pm by Aaron Schatz

FO Mailbag: Do some teams play the same no matter the opponent?

Aaron Schatz examines which teams are consistent, no matter who the opponent is. (Click link to read more.)

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10 Nov 2006, 12:05pm by P. Ryan Wilson

Failure to Launch

Dr. Z gives us his midseason All-Disappointment Team and frankly, I expected to see more Steelers on the roster. Small mercies.

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22 comments, Last at 11 Nov 2006, 2:55pm by Ryan Mc

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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09 Nov 2006, 12:28pm by P. Ryan Wilson

49ers Say They're Moving to Santa Clara

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the Santa Clara 49ers! According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "owner John York declared that months of negotiations with the city are over and that he plans to move the team to Santa Clara." The Mayor's office seemed "stunned and perplexed" by the move and "City Hall sources did not rule out the possibility that York's sudden announcement could be an attempt to cut a better deal for the football team." It's also worth noting that if the 49ers move, San Francisco is probably out of the running for the 2016 Olympics.

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58 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2006, 4:32pm by joel in providence

09 Nov 2006, 12:49am by Aaron Schatz

Ike Taylor Loses Starting Job

You know, I almost wrote about Taylor's problems in this week's Pittsburgh DVOA comment, but I just felt like I needed a week where my Pittsburgh comment was a little less serious. Anyway, Ike Taylor has been a problem for quite some time. When we first started analyzing the 2005 charting data, I was stunned at how often opponents picked on Taylor. Then I watched the Super Bowl, where the Seahawks threw at Taylor over and over, no matter which receiver he was covering.

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33 comments, Last at 13 Nov 2006, 3:19am by Jerry

08 Nov 2006, 06:22pm by Aaron Schatz

Amani Toomer Out for the Year

Surprise! I had no idea that Toomer had even suffered a knee injury on Sunday. Toomer is old, but he was a reasonably useful second receiver this year. Between this and the Michael Strahan injury, the Giants' Super Bowl hopes have really taken a turn for the worse this week. Sinorice Moss can't seem to get healthy either, which means that Plaxico Burress -- who himself has injury issues -- will start opposite, um, I dunno, Tim Carter? David Tyree? Neither of those guys is really a starting-quality wideout.

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24 comments, Last at 15 Nov 2006, 1:50pm by serendipity

08 Nov 2006, 01:24pm by P. Ryan Wilson

NFL Looking into Brayton-Stevens Incident

I had long since turned off the television by the time Tyler Brayton decided to drop an atomic knee on Jerramy Stevens, but Raiders head coach Art Shell says his player was only retaliating after a cheap shot from the Seahawks tight end: "Tyler was reacting to someone trying to kick him in the groin area." On Tuesday's "PTI" Michael Wilbon mentioned that some NFL players consider Stevens dirty and weren't surprised by Brayton's ... um, response. Either way, maybe guys should start wearing cups to protect their "groin area."

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25 comments, Last at 09 Nov 2006, 8:31am by lobolafcadio