Is a high-variance quarterback inherently worth more to a team that's a fringe contender? What in the heck has gotten into Jerricho Cotchery? Why is Jared Cook so confusing?
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Ohio State's cornerback Bradley Roby wasn't rusty when he lost a match-up with Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis, the receiver is better than you think. The reason is fluid technique trumping the stopwatch.
The SEC's streak of seven consecutive national championships isn't dead yet, but on the final weekend of the regular season, only Michigan State can keep it alive. Plus advanced stats, analysis and picks for the rest of championship Saturday.
Not a surprise, and not unearned. But it is a little funny that it was benching Case Keenum for Matt Schaub that appeared to be the last straw in the mind of Bob McNair. The real question is if general manager Rick Smith will survive as well.
People can change, but has Ron Rivera really shed his conservative skin this season? We study the impact and aggressiveness of his fourth-down calls.
Peyton Manning's internal clock is tuned correctly, and watch as Matt Ryan gets sacked on a two-man rush!
Josh Gordon runs like he's 35 pounds, Tonestradamus makes dubious claims, and BIll Belichick has no fond memories of the Jets in this week's best quotes.
The NFC power balance gets clarified this week, but I am more inspired by the image of memorabilia shills sending boxes of wedding invitations to Peyton Manning.
Bill Belichick asked in his Tuesday conference call with reporters: Why not allow coaches to challenge any call they want, including penalties? It's an interesting idea. I would certainly like to see DPI as reviewable, given how many games turn on those big gains. Belichick's point is that if you still allow coaches only two challenges, allowing them to challenge a wider variety of calls won't lead to chaos, because there still are only two challenges. (Well, three if you get the first two right.)
In this week's Varsity Numbers, Bill Connelly revisits some measures and concepts: Adjusted Scores, Covariance, and momentum (or whatever you choose to call it).
Shocking as it may sound, it is in fact possible for New Orleans to lose a game at home. But the Panthers will need to switch up their offensive philosophy and go counter-intuitive: pass on first down, run on second and third. Cover Watch looks at St. Louis and Arizona.
Peter King gets unprecedented access to the behind-the-scenes lives of Gene Steratore's officiating crew.
And just how many fumbles can you cause in one half of Madden? Jon Bois investigates.
Lane Johnson has shown improvement, but the Eagles struggled to pick up games against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Film Room looks at the offenses of Todd Haley (Steelers) and Jedd Fisch (Jags), and the Legend of Sean Lee
The NFL has fined Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 for walking on the white stripe hugging the field during a Jacoby Jones kickoff return. The Steelers reportedly may also lose a draft pick for Tomlin's actions.
Brad Gagnon had myself and a few other prominent football writers (Pete Prisco, Will Brinson, Mike Tunison, among others) look into our crystal balls and talk about how the game will have changed by 2030. Part 2 is here.
We put the six teams with the best chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick under the microscope. Who has the schedule most conducive to losing, and what would that team likely do with the No. 1 overall pick?
Drew Brees faces a tough matchup for the second week in a row, but things should be much different in the Superdome on Sunday night. The quarterback you'll want to avoid leading your team in the fantasy playoffs is Andrew Luck.