Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 Dec 2012

MMQB: The Unclouding Playoff Picture

This week, Mr. King checks in on the aftermath of Sunday's implications on the playoff picture, looks at the conclusion of BountyGate, and focuses in on Victor Cruz's Newtown story.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 17 Dec 2012

13 comments, Last at 26 Dec 2012, 9:21am by jebmak


by princeton73 (not verified) :: Mon, 12/17/2012 - 1:24pm

the link is not clickable

by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 12/17/2012 - 2:22pm

Springsteen is indeed at least twenty times better than Bono.

by Will Allen :: Mon, 12/17/2012 - 3:05pm

I'm glad the penetrating intellect of one Peter King, Sage Observer, has a big platform from which to inform us that, yes, an era, where hundreds of thousands of Americans killed each other, and hundreds of thousands were disfigured, dismembered, or otherwise maimed, in a few short years, in a sea of blood and gore that can barely be imagined, and entire cities were deliberately burned to the ground, as the end result of a dispute as to whether human beings could legitimately be accorded the moral status of cattle, was one where rancor and intractability in Washington was worse than is now the case.

Next week, he'll be more football-focused, and inform us that Peyton Manning behind center increases a team's chances of winning more than Christian Ponder taking snaps. In the travel notes feature, he'll save countless business travelers from unplesantness by telling us that the Ritz Carlton is a nicer place to stay than a Red Roof Inn at the end of the freeway ramp.

by Ryan D. :: Mon, 12/17/2012 - 3:31pm

Also, did you know that touchdowns are worth more than field goals?

by jebmak :: Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:46pm

There was this awesome website last year that listed out all playoff possibilities for all teams for the rest of the season. It had things like if X,Y, and Z all tie at 10-6, Y wins the tiebreakers. I cannot find it.

Does anyone know what I am talking about and have a link?

Many thanks if you do.

by Mikey Benny :: Tue, 12/18/2012 - 1:02am


by jebmak :: Wed, 12/26/2012 - 9:21am

Thank you kindly.

by Raiderjoe :: Sun, 12/23/2012 - 1:59pm

FoitbLl Outsiders poster Travis has website cLleld Quirky Research with all the sceanrions laid out.

by jebmak :: Wed, 12/26/2012 - 9:21am

That was the one, thanks!

by Dan L (not verified) :: Tue, 12/18/2012 - 12:09am

So the "Things I like" and "Things I didn't like" comments about Kirk Cousins were pretty illogical. He liked a play where Cousins threw an accurate deep ball for a touchdown, and disliked his interception into traffic, claiming that he shouldn't take such chances. However if you watch the plays, both of these throws are into double coverage. One of them is accurate, and that combined with the Browns defensive backs misplaying it results in a long touchdown. The other looks pretty accurate, but is tipped by a Browns defender and intercepted. Cousins' part of these plays is the same really. You can't say one is a good decision and the other is awful.

by Aloysius Mephis... :: Tue, 12/18/2012 - 1:17am

I didn't watch the game, but it sounds like you're saying the "bad decision" that was picked off was more of a physical mistake than a mental one.

by Theo :: Sat, 12/22/2012 - 4:38pm

Sounds the same as:
"Coach A was smart to go for it on 4th down, it kept the other offense off the field and increased their chances of winning."
"Coach B was stupid was dumb to go for it on 4th down, because they didn't make it and gave the other team a shorter field."