Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Nov 2010

Week 12 N.F.L. Matchups

I have a correction in the queue about Colt McCoy's injury. By the time you read this, hopefully I will be talking about Jake Delhomme: Steady Quarterback. It's hard to verify an injury report when you are cramming aromatics into the carcass of dead poultry.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 26 Nov 2010

16 comments, Last at 28 Nov 2010, 1:58pm by Eddo


by Tampa Bay Mike (not verified) :: Fri, 11/26/2010 - 11:50am

'The same Falcons performance level that produced easy wins against the Rams and Buccaneers resulted in tough losses against the Steelers and Eagles...'

Since when is a game that you almost lost count as an easy win? Perhaps he meant to say 'the Rams and Cardinals'? I challenge anyone to watch that Bucs game and seriously describe it as an easy win for ATL.

by Philly Adam (not verified) :: Fri, 11/26/2010 - 5:03pm

And since when is a tough loss, a game where you were you were down 21-0 halfway through the second quarter? The Eagles buried Atlanta.....with Kolb.

by BucNasty :: Sun, 11/28/2010 - 8:00am

No kidding. We lost by a yard.

by dryheat :: Fri, 11/26/2010 - 12:51pm

The old Vick reacted to sub-freezing temperatures as if he had just landed in Antarctica...

Sure, except for playoff games at Lambeau Field.

by Dean :: Fri, 11/26/2010 - 1:29pm

You mean the one where the temperature wasn't actually sub-freezing?

by Ezra Johnson :: Fri, 11/26/2010 - 1:45pm

It was 20F and snowing. Maybe you mean it wasn't sub-zero.

by qed :: Sat, 11/27/2010 - 10:13am

It's astounding that the same editor who patiently inserts several hundred definite articles into this piece every week somehow missed a number of serious grammar and spelling errors.

by chemical burn :: Sat, 11/27/2010 - 11:51am

You know who people really love? Internet grammar correctors. They are possibly the most beloved folks on the planet. Because people really care about grammar. They really do. And they love having errors pointed out to them! It;s so interesting! And edifying! Good work, genius!

by Your Third Grade English Teacher (not verified) :: Sat, 11/27/2010 - 7:41pm

I like reading articles with good grammar.

by chemical burn :: Sat, 11/27/2010 - 9:32pm

It's definitely the best measure of how interesting a piece of writing is: the quality of the grammar.

by Bearjew (not verified) :: Sun, 11/28/2010 - 2:01am

Tanier has been slamming the Falcons all year. I think he slams Vick because he dirtied himself by wearing a Falcons jersey the first 5 years of his career. The passing game looks consistent because Michael Turner always wears down opposing Ds. When he doesn't we see something special like Roddy White taking over v the Ravens. We're unlikely to see anything different v the Packers horrific run D, but in the end it doesn't matter either way, Tanier is like every other FO writer: he hasn't seen a quarter of a Falcons game all year.

by the cat in the box is dead (not verified) :: Sun, 11/28/2010 - 8:07am

To be fair, Tanier's an Eagles fan so he'll have seen all of the Falcons-Eagles game. I imagine he's seen a fair amount more than that too given that watching football is, you know, part of his job.

by ammek :: Sun, 11/28/2010 - 10:05am

The Packers' run D isn't "horrific" either. DVOA says it's about average, a little below, but a fair amount of opponents' value has come from QB runs. The unit has been particularly good at preventing long gains (2nd in ALY) which is what happens when you have an aggressive, somewhat boom-or-bust front seven and safeties who play deep a ton. Atlanta should be able to run on the Packers, but I'd still be wary of coming to judgement about what a writer has or has not seen when you yourself are prone to hyperbole.

by Eddo :: Sun, 11/28/2010 - 1:58pm

Weird that you interpret the passing game being called consistent as an insult. If your team is good, you want low variance.

by Whatev :: Sun, 11/28/2010 - 4:32am

What??? The Jaguars are in first place???

by southpaw2 (not verified) :: Sun, 11/28/2010 - 1:01pm

Natrone Means... has to be one of the best football names ever.