Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

13 Dec 2007

ESPN Numbers Crunching: Week 15

Here's the latest edition of our weekly column with interesting stats about each of the week's games. This week, learn some interesting facts about Boone Stutz, Derrick Pope, and Walpole's Own Todd Collins. Plus: We now have enough game charting data to throw some into Numbers Crunching! Huzzah!

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 13 Dec 2007

11 comments, Last at 17 Dec 2007, 11:24am by elhondo


by pat on the back (not verified) :: Thu, 12/13/2007 - 4:34pm

So, it will be Maroney until the 2, then Brady to Moss on a play-action. Expect that 5 times so they both get the records this weekend.

by JonL (not verified) :: Thu, 12/13/2007 - 6:13pm

I hate that you read good information on this, then when you want "more intel" you get "This should be a hard fought contest that will come down to the fourth quarter and we should look for the Saints to keep their postseason hopes alive with a win and all but ending the Cardinals' playoff chances in the process." Ugh.

by Doug Farrar :: Thu, 12/13/2007 - 6:15pm

How much wood could a long-snapper chop if a long-snapper could chop wood?

In the case of Boone Stutz, a whole forestful. Egads.

by Steve Nolan (not verified) :: Thu, 12/13/2007 - 11:38pm

Walpole sucks, Norwood FTW!

by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Fri, 12/14/2007 - 1:39am

"The Jets' defense ranks 25th or lower in DVOA for every other down-and-distance combination, but it ranks second on third-and-long. "

My guess on the Jets high ranking on 3rd and long: small sample size. I don't think the jets defense ends up in third and long very often.

Also, isn't that an indicator that the Jets defense will be even WORSE next year?

by Dr. Arbitrary Multiples of Ten (not verified) :: Fri, 12/14/2007 - 11:41am

Todd Collins is the first quarterback in NFL history to go 10 years between seasons with at least 20 pass attempts.

In case you were wondering, Tommy Maddox missed this dubious distinction by four too many attempts for the Giants in 1995 (he was 6 of 23).

by crack (not verified) :: Fri, 12/14/2007 - 12:03pm

Yet, the first time these teams played, a 9-yard catch by Adrian Peterson was the only reception by a Vikings running back. It was the season low for Vikings running backs (they average 44 yards per game) and the season low for yards given up by the Chicago defense (Bears opponents average 47 yards per game).

Not much reason to pass to the running back when he's averaging 11 yards a carry and going for 224.

by Cathedraticum (not verified) :: Fri, 12/14/2007 - 12:17pm

first they were the outsiders and they had the Catholic Match Girl...now they are published on three seperate websites and have softpor n princesses parading on their pages. How one always longs for days past

by Nick (not verified) :: Fri, 12/14/2007 - 12:48pm

The stat on the Saints' never rushing 3 no longer holds. In the first half of NO-TB week 13, they rushed 3 four times, three of those on the final three plays of the half.

by Dom (not verified) :: Fri, 12/14/2007 - 3:10pm


Ah Catholic Match Girl. I can still see those soft brown eyes gazing at me...

by elhondo (not verified) :: Mon, 12/17/2007 - 11:24am

Re: # 10

Staring... and judging. Always judging.