Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Nov 2009

NY Times: Week 12 Matchups

Walkthrough is taking the week off for Thanksgiving, but you can enjoy Mike Tanier's New York Times previews of this week's games. Current link goes to Sunday previews; Thanksgiving previews are here.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 26 Nov 2009

15 comments, Last at 05 Dec 2009, 8:05pm by BucNasty


by The Ninjalectual :: Fri, 11/27/2009 - 3:16am

Great write up, and the comments over at the NYT aren't bad either.

"Just look at that pumpkin."
-John Madden, looking at the moon.

by bubqr :: Fri, 11/27/2009 - 4:37am

"Gradkowski isn’t the answer to the Raiders’ prayers, but he may be the answer to Tim Tebow’s: one or two more wins, and the Raiders will be out of range to draft and destroy the Florida superstar."

I'd be shocked if Tebow is drafted in the top 5, let alone in the 1st round.

On another note, I always love this article.

by Anonymouser (not verified) :: Fri, 11/27/2009 - 6:51am

"I'd be shocked if Tebow is drafted in the top 5, let alone in the 1st round."

Pet peeve, but surely you mean 'I'd be shocked if Tebow is drafted in the 1st round, let alone the top 5'.

by James-London :: Fri, 11/27/2009 - 5:44am

"Waiting for Romo". Brilliant.

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

by Rick (not verified) :: Fri, 11/27/2009 - 1:20pm

Giants should've read these reviews prior to their game. They sure didn't act like they knew how to stop the Broncos.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Fri, 11/27/2009 - 1:22pm

Hey, the most interceptions Mike Phipps ever had in a season was 20. Cutler could get there before December arrives.

by cbirkemeier :: Fri, 11/27/2009 - 5:19pm

"After starting the year with a series of last-second victories, the Bengals were due for Sunday’s last-second loss."

The Bengals didn't start the year with a last-second victory. They started the year with a last-second loss (the Stokley tip pass).

by andrew :: Fri, 11/27/2009 - 6:27pm

Great Saints teams of the past to compare to... there's always the 1987 Saints team, strike year or not, that went 12-3, winning their last 9.... they finished just behind the 13-2 Niners (with whom they split the season series). That was their first playoff appearance in history, too, and it got off to a great start against the Vikings, they recovered an early fumble and quickly cashed in for a touchdown with the game less than a minute old.

by Raiderjoe :: Fri, 11/27/2009 - 7:33pm

yeah but then lose game 44-10. gubo went down a little hard on Tom Benson that day

by BucNasty :: Sat, 11/28/2009 - 5:33am

The Times won't let you write NFC East? Blech.

by BucNasty :: Sat, 11/28/2009 - 5:37am

If that happens, the team should erect a Maurice Jones-Drew statue in front of the main entrance to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, where no one will ever see it.

I actually have a life-sized MJD bobblehead on the dash of my car.

by Kevin from Philly :: Mon, 11/30/2009 - 11:40am

A shame the Jags don't play in your car - they'd have a sellout every week!

by BucNasty :: Sat, 12/05/2009 - 8:05pm

Only if I cover the back seats.

by The Guy You Don't Want to Hear (not verified) :: Sat, 11/28/2009 - 1:07pm

The "Waiting for Romo" from the Thursday games and "the post-Katrina 2006 upstarts, who were like Australopithecus to this year’s more evolved Homo habilis" were two of Mike's best moments this year. Especially "Waiting for Romo," which is in his hall of fame.

by IsraelP (not verified) :: Sat, 11/28/2009 - 1:55pm

An early long return by Webb would force the Steelers to play from behind. The Chiefs and Bengals proved that the Steelers are a different team when trying to catch up.

Not to minimize the return problem, but the Steelers scored seventeen points before the half against KC, who had nothing but the kickoff return. catching up from that return was not the problem in Kansas City.