Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Nov 2012

NFL Lowdown: Week 13

The many moods of Jim Harbaugh. The science of Bart Scott. Mathematical!

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 30 Nov 2012

18 comments, Last at 02 Dec 2012, 2:39pm by LionInAZ


by Podge (not verified) :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 9:38am

The description of the Steelers offence as a Rube Goldberg machine is perfect.

by Karl Cuba :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 9:50am

I get really jealous when Tanier writes like this, just brilliant. Though it does make me wonder just how much British telly he's been watching.

by AnonymousA (not verified) :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 11:39am

Judging from his repeated butchering of any vocabulary outside the American vernacular, I'd say "none."

by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 1:33pm


by DEW (not verified) :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 10:24am

The AFC West teams appear to be learning what the Texans, Titans, and Jaguars have known for years. There are the offseason improvements, the sexy picks by the pundits before the games start as to who'll be the surprise, and once the games are played, there's Peyton walking off with the division championship once again.

by DragonPie (not verified) :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 12:58pm

If Manning were with the Colts, I doubt they beat the Texans for the division.

by Bobman :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 6:04pm

And to be fair, there were a couple seasons when he played for the Colts that they did not win the AFCS, but went into the postseason as a WC team. If he were there today, however, they'd probably have another two wins, putting them two behind the Texans, with two H2H matchups to come--I don't think they'd pull it off, but they'd certainly be within reach.

And even Manning cannot make up for the league's worst D by DVOA. He'd probably make the D a shade better via fewer INTs and fumbles and 3-and-outs, giving them more field to defend and time to rest. But you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, and that's the Indy D this year--it's the Sow's Ear D.

by Andrew Potter :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 11:08am

The Seahawks' starting corners are Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. I've no idea who Robert Browner is.

by Bobman :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 6:08pm

19th Century Transcendentalist poet, most famous for the poem "O, that the crossing tight end were shorter!" His work was packed with NFL allusions and metaphors, but strangely, nobody at the time had any clue what he was talking about and his career went nowhere. He drowned himself with a cold Gatorade shower in 1852. Belichick's senior thesis at Wesleyan deftly deconstructed his "Third and Long Sonnets."

by dbostedo :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 10:41pm

+ like 11

by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 1:51pm

Made picks in dairy. Put here now too. Even Galcs game which now complete

Falcons 23, Saimts 17
Raiders 30, Beowns 3
Jets 24, Cardinals 21
Redskins 27, Gainta 20
Cowboys 31, Eagles 17
Packers 38, Vikings 20
Bills 19, Jaguars 16
Patriots 41, Dolphins 24
Lions 24, Colts 20
Buccs 27, Brobcos 22
Bears 19, Seahawks 10
Texans 38, Titans 14
49ers 26, Rams 13
Ravens 23, steelers 9
Bengals 24, chargers 14
Panters 20, Chefs 3

by Hurt Bones :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 3:46pm

Thanks, RJ. I'll milk these for all they're worth.

by dryheat :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 5:34pm

Udderly clever

by Bobman :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 6:03pm

Hey! You must have been barn yesterday with an unstable personality if you think these cheesey jokes are funny in the least. May be time to put you out to pasture. Or perhaps you were just born without toes, and I am being intolerant of you because of that. (wow, that one hurt even me, so I won't type the punchline out.)

by Ryan D. :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 2:09pm

For those that didn't see it (it wasn't linked), Mike's piece on Adderall was excellent!


by Andrew Potter :: Fri, 11/30/2012 - 3:19pm

That was a fascinating read. Thanks for the link.

by The Hypno-Toad :: Sat, 12/01/2012 - 5:31pm


by LionInAZ :: Sun, 12/02/2012 - 2:39pm

Roger Goodell as the Countess Dowager is totally apt. I can imagine him harboring a secret fetish for wearing a corset and bustle. He already has the face.