Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Oct 2009

NYT: Week 7 Matchups

Here's the Week 7 Matchup piece for the New York Times.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 23 Oct 2009

14 comments, Last at 30 Oct 2009, 8:08am by Duff(Josh)


by ammek :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 4:06pm

For the UK coverage of Pats-Bucs, score 1 point for an interview with a cheerleader, 2 points for a replay of the Fridge's touchdown in SBXX, 3 points for a shot of a pregnant supermodel, and 10 points for any ex-Scottish Claymore that you recognize in the crowd.

You should be able to match the Pats' 59.

by Kevin from Philly :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 4:17pm

That BBC site you sometimes link to had a Scot list out the rules of HIS drinking game as follows:

"Official Football Drinking Games Rules
1) Two teams
2) Two team captains
3) Team captains flip a coin for who’s pats/bucs
4) Half time event is the beer Olympic 100m, downing a beer whilst running 100m
5) Losing team has to go out with a Harry Potter scar drawn on their foreheads
6) Trash talk is encouraged!

1) 1st down means opposing team takes a shot of beer each
2) Touchdown means opposing team players take a shot of liquor
3) Interception means opposing team has to funnel one beer
4) Penalty means team captain nominates a member of their team to take a shot of liquor
5) Time out means a relay of flip cup
6) Sacked quarterback means body shot out of the team captains belly button
7) Field goal is a shot of beer
8) Fumble is each player of your team is head stand down a beer through a straw
9) Any 30 yard play opposing team does a strawpeedo or Smirnoff each
10) Blocked punt is a shot of liquor
11) Two point conversion is a shot a liquor for defending team
12) Can only go to the toilet at designated breaks (time outs or quarter breaks) otherwise a shot of liquor penalty
13) Anyone who throws up subjects the whole team to a shot, including themselves!
14) If you literally cannot take anymore alcohol, you are a total girl and must wear a female bikini for the remainder of the game. Includes sitting outside the apartment for around 10 mins"

Any wonder why they have riots during soccer games?

by chemical burn :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 4:49pm

Whoever loses the flip and draws the Bucs is going to get f-ng obliterated. Also, I hope for their readers' sakes, there are no sacks in the game.

by BlueStarDude :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 8:42pm

Mike: You forgot one very important detail about the Cowboys: they always lose against teams with depleted secondaries. They won't attack the weak link. I'm pretty sure the trend goes back to the playoff loss against Seattle a few years ago.

by jimm (not verified) :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 8:55pm

Mike Tanier - "This may be the greatest Vikings team ever assembled, better than the 1998 flash-in-the-pan that finished 15-1, better than the 1970s conference powerhouse that this team so closely resembles."

The best Vikings team ever was probably the 1969 team that lost to KC. The were 12-2 and plus 246 points in 14 games. They were number 1 in the NFL in pts scored and allowed. Yes they lost badly to KC in the Super Bowl, but that was the case every time the Vikings made a Super Bowl.

Long forgotten fact - in the Vikings 1st game the following season the Vikings beat KC 27-10.

by Bobman :: Fri, 10/23/2009 - 10:37pm

Love the Pats-Bucs game.
Does anybody out there really believe the old canard about Bob Sanders being the 2nd most important Colt? I'd peg him at about 5th and FO research itself found little difference in their SB year for games with and without, IIRC. Sheesh. Seriously, how good does one think they are if their 2nd most important player misses a whole season and they go 12-4 (with their first most important player gimpy for the first half-season and by my count, their third as well missing about 3 games).

FTR, Manning, Freeney, Saturday, Wayne, Brackett/Sanders, Clark, Mathis, Bethea.... that's about as fine as my pencil gets. The rest is splititng hairs.

by chemical burn :: Sat, 10/24/2009 - 10:34am

Doesn't the Colts roster really break down as 1) Manning. 2-53) some other dudes. I doubt Freeney, Saturday or Wayne or Sanders would matter all too much if Manning went down for the season...

by JoeHova :: Sat, 10/24/2009 - 3:34pm

I'm not sure about that. Who expected the Patriots to go 11-5 without Brady last year? I think the Colts have good players and good coaching. They would probably still be OK without Manning, although obviously worse than than they are with him.

by tuluse :: Sat, 10/24/2009 - 8:41pm

And how far would Manning go without Freeney and Wayne?

by Mike Y :: Sat, 10/24/2009 - 10:23pm

"If Crabtree, Smith and tight end Vernon Davis merged into one person, they’d create the ultimate first-round disappointment, a contact-averse softie with tiny hands who does not report to camp and associates with M.C. Hammer."

That's great!

Also, re: "The offensive consultant Sherman Lewis becomes the eighth person to call plays for Jason Campbell in college and the N.F.L., and most of those coaches had widely differing schemes."

I'm sick of hearing the about all the different offensive coordinators Campbell had that is used as an excuse as to why he sucks. How many different offensive coordinators has Brett Favre or Tom Brady or Rich Gannon had since college? How long does it take to learn a playbook? First year coaches or coordinators having success is not exactly an uncommon occurrence.

by prother (not verified) :: Sun, 10/25/2009 - 11:59am

" Favre has a higher passer rating right now, but Big Ben has twice as many Super Bowl rings."

Are you required to use announcer "HE JUST WINS" type cliches in MM articles? Or is this just generic anti-Favre sentiment at work?

by Eddo :: Sun, 10/25/2009 - 12:56pm

I'd say it's tongue-in-cheek.

by jayinalaska :: Mon, 10/26/2009 - 12:50am

"That may cost Turner his job, but he’ll resurface as the Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator in 2010, lead them from 31st to 23rd in the league in offense, and parlay that success into the Seahawks’ head coaching job when Jim Mora is fired in 2011."

Tanier, if this comes true, I swear I'll hunt you down and break your favorite writing pen.

by Duff(Josh) (not verified) :: Fri, 10/30/2009 - 8:08am

I know this is way late to comment on last week's matchups column, but I have to say: for my money, this is probably the most consistently funny F.O. product lately. Well done, jolly good, pip pip, and all that. :-)

(Not just the Pats/Bucs comments either - "If Crabtree, Smith and tight end Vernon Davis merged into one person, they’d create the ultimate first-round disappointment, a contact-averse softie with tiny hands who does not report to camp and associates with M.C. Hammer" - had me giggling in my Aeron...)